Sup­port­ing Sup­ported Em­ploy­ment

Whit­bourne busi­ness named Em­ployer of Merit

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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

and re­spected.”

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.

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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.

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