Posted on Jul 23, 2019
Next year over six hundred youth with developmental disabilities will be transitioning out of high school across BC to their adult lives. The Delta Community Living Society's youth employment runs the spring/summer LEAP (Leading employment and achieving possibilities) project in partnership with Delta School District to support young adults who are transitioning from school to work. The program provides Peer Mentoring, support frame, and work with formal training, for interested community member volunteers. The Society also works with Rotary at Work BC, funded by the Vancouver Foundation and Community Living British Columbia.
 
The (LEAP) mentoring model includes complementary classroom curriculum called BOUNCE. The classroom sessions are held once a week for six hours, and cover a wide range of topics including communication skills, safety skills, goal setting, money sense, workplace attitude and ethics, time management, risk taking, dress for success and hygiene.
 
The Delta Community Living Society's Solutions Employment  supports job seekers on a person-by-person basis and assists them in obtaining meaningful, paid, sustainable, customized employment through a discovery process that identifies and highlights the job seeker’s skills and abilities and matches those with the needs of local employers. We help job seekers by:
♦ Identifying the job seeker's interests and abilities 
♦ Developing the skills the job seeker needs to get ready for employment
Searching for a job that matches the job seeker's interests and skills
Helping the job seeker apply for a job
Supporting the job seeker's transition into the workplace 
Checking in with the job seeker as often as needed to see how the job seeker is doing
 
Mentor Ability is a national initiative which promotes the employment of people with disability's in communities large and small throughout all of Canadian provinces and territories. Mentor Ability is produced by local coordinators who develop and deliver a full or half day mentoring experience in which job seekers with disability's are matched with individual mentors – to explore career opportunities and what they need to get ahead in their desired field of interest.

Rotary at Work was started by Mark and Valarie Wafer, Rotarians in Whitby, Ontario, who started a Tim Horton’s Franchise in 1995 and started employing people with disabilities. One week after opening the business they hired their first person with a disability. Since then they have employed 82 people with disabilities. In 2012, 33 of their 210 employees had disabilities and the Wafers reported that that had a huge impact on the success of their company.
 
In 2008 Mark and Valarie started a program called “Rotary@Work” to show business owners the benefit of hiring people with disabilities. Rotary at Work now operates a branch in BC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ladner Rotarian Sharrie Dahl (l) speaking to clubRochelle, of Delta Community Living Society (r)