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Em­ploy­ers rec­og­nized for help­ing clients at Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY / OBITUARIES - BY DAVE MATHIESON

There’s no quit in the clients at the Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre in Amherst, just ask Robert Babineau.

“We love you.” Babineau is one of 13 clients from the Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre who work at 18 dif­fer­ent busi­nesses through­out Amherst and the sur­round­ing area.

He was the fi­nal speaker at the in­au­gu­ral Em­ployee Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Awards night ear­lier this month at the Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre, and he took the op­por­tu­nity to thank em­ploy­ers for tak­ing them un­der their wing and show­ing em­ploy­ees the ropes.

The Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre is a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides day pro­grams for adults with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties, and Anne March, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, kicked the night off by thank­ing the em­ploy­ees as well.

“We planned this evening as a way to show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all of the busi­nesses in town for open­ing their doors to al­low some of our clients to ex­pe­ri­ence what it is like to work in our won­der­ful com­mu­nity,” said March. “The shear ex­cite­ment and self­worth th­ese ex­pe­ri­ences give to each and ev­ery one of our clients is amaz­ing.”

The clients and em­ploy­ers take part in the Job Coach Pro­gram, which is headed by job coach Erika MacGlashen.

She pro­vides job readi­ness train­ing, helps clients find suit­able em­ploy­ment, and of­fers on-the-job sup­port for clients to help them ad­just to the work­place.

As clients be­come more pro­fi­cient at their jobs, MacGlashen spends less time on site but con­tin­ues to mon­i­tor the client em­ployee and of­fers sup­port when needed.

The Dr. and Mrs. H.E. Christie Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion spon­sors the Job Coach Pro­gram, and also pro­vides fi­nan­cial sup­port to the Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre to help with the pur­chase of much-needed equip­ment, such as a dish­washer for the kitchen.

The foun­da­tion was founded by Hugh Christie about 10 years ago with $5 mil­lion.

Mor­ris Haugg is the vice-chair­man of the foun­da­tion, and he was at the awards cer­e­mony on be­half of the foun­da­tion.

“We’ve given a grant to sup­port an em­ployee (MacGlashen) who runs the Job Coach Pro­gram, and works with the clients to get them jobs,” said Haugg.

Em­ploy­ers tak­ing part in the pro­gram are Gi­ant Tiger, King Pin Bowl­ing, Dayle’s Grand Mar­ket, We­ston Bak­eries Ltd., Sobeys, Bright Beginnings Day­care, Lil­lian Al­bon An­i­mal Shel­ter, At­lantic Win­dows, Red Cross, Bam­bi­nos, Pet Value, Amherst Farm­ers Mar­ket, Needs Con­ve­nience Store, Cen­ten­nial Villa, Vic­to­ria Manor, Sub­way, The M.A.R.S Store, and Wal-Mart.

DAVE MATHIESON – AMHERST NEWS

Eighteen em­ploy­ers in the com­mu­nity pro­vide work to clients at the Bridge Adult Ser­vice Cen­tre, and those em­ploy­ers were rec­og­nized dur­ing an in­au­gu­ral Em­ployee Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Awards night.

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