Bos­ton Pizza fo­cuses on com­mu­nity, di­ver­sity

The Drumheller Mail - - MAIL WORKS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

As it cel­e­brates 20 years of busi­ness in the val­ley, it’s fit­ting that Bos­ton Pizza Drumheller was the only busi­ness this year to claim two Cel­e­bra­tion of Ex­cel­lence Awards at the cer­e­mony in June.

BPs Drumheller was hon­oured with the Di­ver­sity Lead­er­ship Award and Large Busi­ness of the Year Award for their com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, their in­clu­sive cul­ture, and their fo­cus on hir­ing, sup­port­ing, and train­ing youth. Talk­ing to BPs’ Heather Jones one can sense the pride and the team-fo­cused at­ti­tude which is es­sen­tial for any restau­rant to suc­ceed.

“It was a big boost for our whole team. You go through changes and daily strug­gles – the day-to­day op­er­a­tion of a restau­rant is not easy,” she says, raf­fles and other fundrais­ers, and spon­sors events such as hockey tour­na­ments, fes­ti­vals, fundraiser walks, and marathons. As Drumheller thrives on the sum­mer’s tourism dol­lars to get through the win­ter months, Jones says be­ing an ac­tive com­mu­nity mem­ber is es­sen­tial to sur­vive here.

As for di­ver­sity, BP fo­cuses on hir­ing staff based on their val­ues and per­son­al­ity. They are proud of the fact they have staff from di­verse racial and eth­nic back­grounds, from dif­fer­ent sex­u­al­i­ties, and have a fo­cus on hir­ing and re­tain­ing youth as young as 13.

“I think the ma­jor­ity of youth come through here (to work) at some point. While some in busi­ness have been mov­ing away from hir­ing youth with the min­i­mum wage in­crease, we’ve gone the op­po­site,” Jones says, adding that be­cause cor­po­rate wants fran­chises to shift away from tra­di­tional ways of op­er­at­ing a BPs restau­rant to a more tech­nol­ogy-based ap­proach, older staff of­ten learn a lot from the more tech-savvy teens work­ing there. “Plus they bring a lot of fun and en­ergy to work.”

Next year, the restau­rant has its sights on win­ning the Com­mu­nity In­volve­ment Award and will be fo­cus­ing on up­ping their spon­sor­ships of town events in the com­ing year.

Bos­ton Pizza staff cel­e­brate win­ning two Cel­e­bra­tion of Ex­cel­lence Awards in June.

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