Labrador West Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tion awards Christo­pher Gil­lam

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Saltwire Homes - BY GARY SHAW

The Labrador West Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tion re­cently held their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing. Guest speaker Tony Wil­liams from the Town of Wabush ex­plained how the town takes ad­van­tage of the pro­grams pro­vided by the cor­po­ra­tion and gave praise to the ben­e­fits pro­vided.

Wil­liams ex­plained the many ben­e­fits to both the Town of Wabush and to in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the pro­grams.

The Labrador West Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tion is a com­mu­nity-based or­ga­ni­za­tion with a vol­un­teer board of di­rec­tors that pro­vide sup­port to per­sons with de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties in find­ing and main­tain­ing em­ploy­ment. Award

Since 2001 the cor­po­ra­tion, and oth­ers like it across the prov­ince have given out the an­nual Cindy Watts Me­mo­rial Award.

Watts was an em­ploy­ment coun­sel­lor with the Abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, in Clarenville who passed away in 2000.

Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tions can nom­i­nate an in­di­vid­ual who they sup­port in the work­place and who ex­em­pli­fies Cindy’s pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, work ethic and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­mu­nity.

This award is pre­sented each year to an in­di­vid­ual with a de­vel­op­men­tal de­lay who demon­strates out­stand­ing per­for­mance. The board and staff of each cor­po­ra­tion across the prov­ince nom­i­nates one per­son as the po­ten­tial re­cip­i­ent of this award. This year’s nom­i­nee from the Labrador West Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tion for the Cindy Watts Me­mo­rial Award was Christo­pher Gil­lam.

The cor­po­ra­tion also ex­tended thanks to Jan­ice Barnes. Jan­ice is step­ping away af­ter 24 years of ded­i­cated work on be­half of the cor­po­ra­tion. Lisa Pel­ley is the cur­rent chair­per­son mov­ing for­ward.

GARY SHAW — SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

The Labrador West Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tion board in­cludes, front row, from left, Deb­bie Baggs, Jan­ice Barnes, Patsy Ralph; mid­dle row, Mernie Kelly, Denise Blan­ford, John Pen­ney; back row, Brenda Hod­der, Karen Old­ford, Lisa Pel­ley and Mae­gan Boone. Miss­ing from photo are Ash­ley Van­der­brook and Miche­lene Gray.

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