Supporting Supported Employment
Whitbourne business named Employer of Merit
The Supported Employment Services (SES) Program has presented this year’s Employer of Merit Award to Monty’s Place and Petipas Esso.
The Whitbourne restaurant and service station accepted the award during the fourth annual employers’ reception held June 22 at Fong’s Restaurant in Carbonear .
Hosted by Mariner Resource Opportunities Network (M-RON) Inc., the event recognizes employers who have made outstanding contributions to the Supported Employment Services (SES) Program over the past year.
Referred to as Monty’s Place, this employer, “ treats those with developmental disabilities with respect and an open mind,” said a spokesman for the SES program.
“ Monty and all his employees treat the client as one of them, a co-worker first, not someone with a disability,” the spokesman said. “ This partnership is a success story, in that Monty’s Place has secured a hardworking young man and the client (David Reid) has found a place of employment where he is liked and respected.”
The award-winning employer was described as, “one of the many participating businesses demonstrating exceptional support and commitment to the client and program.”
Monty’s was chosen from among nine area employers who were nominated for the Employer of Merit Award.
Certificates of appreciation were presented to all participating employers to recognize their contribution to the SES Program.
Meanwhile, two self-employed clients are achieving milestones this year. Sandra Smith of Sandra’s Recycling Inc. is celebrating 10 years of successful entrepreneurship in the recycling business and Brian Coady of Brian’s Place will be celebrating 14 years of success in the food industry this fall.
Supported Employment Services (SES) is a process used to assist individuals with
“Monty and all his employees treat the client as one of them, a
co-worker first, not someone with a disability. This partnership is a success story, in that Monty’s Place has secured a hardworking young man and the client (David
Reid) has found a place of employment where he is liked
developmental disabilities to prepare for, secure, and maintain paid employment in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Since becoming an initiative of M-RON Inc. in 2004, the SES Program, “ has seen tremendous growth, increased awareness, and strengthened communities,” said an MRON spokesman.
The program currently has 48 employers and 95 clients, 28 of whom are employed and two are self-employed.
EMPLOYER OF MERIT - Ethel Harris, vice chair Socioeconomic Stream, (M-RON) Mariner Resource Opportunities Network presents the 2009 Employer of Merit Award to Monty Pettipas of Monty’s Place & Pettipas ESSO, and David Reid, SES client and Monty’s Place employee.