Par­adis and Bron­cos team up to win SARC awards

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The Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos had an­other rea­son to cel­e­brate late last month as both the team and hockey op­er­a­tions staff mem­ber Nolan Par­adis were sin­gled out by re­ceiv­ing SARC Awards.

Par­adis was pre­sented with the SARC Great Work Award, while the Bron­cos earned the In­clu­sive Ad­van­tage Award at the Saskatchewan As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tres (SARC) Awards Ban­quet on Oc­to­ber 24.

This past hockey sea­son, Par­adis worked as a dress­ing room at­ten­dant and as­sis­tant trainer dur­ing the Bron­cos WHL Cham­pi­onship sea­son. That ex­pe­ri­ence ful­filled his dream of work­ing in a sports re­lated field.

Right af­ter high school, Par­adis met with Sask­a­bil­i­ties Youth Em­ploy­ment Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Erin Hilts to start down his em­ploy­ment road.

“He knew right away where he wanted to be, it was just the how that we needed to help him with,” Hilts said in a SARC video.

Par­adis joined their youth em­ploy­ment pro­gram to de­velop his re­sume and work on his job skills. To add to his re­sume he started vol­un­teer­ing, help­ing out at Stars for Saskatchewan, The Mead­ows, and sell­ing 50/50 tick­ets for the Swift Cur­rent 57s. He also achieved his cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in First AID/CPR, Serve It Right, and Food Safe.

Af­ter a sum­mer work­ing at the Chi­nook Golf Course in the restau­rant and pro shop, Par­adis eas­ily stepped into his job with the Bron­cos. He be­came an in­te­gral part of the dress­ing room, help­ing set up prac­tices, help­ing with laun­dry, and be­ing an as­set in the room by jok­ing back and forth with the play­ers and coaches.

“See­ing Nolan over the last few years grow and de­velop as a per­son has been a nice ex­pe­ri­ence for me,” Kim Furey, Pro­gram Se­nior Su­per­vi­sor, Sask­a­bil­i­ties said in the SARC award video. “I see him be more con­fi­dent, more com­mu­nity fo­cused. And also I see him gain­ing more in­de­pen­dence. For ex­am­ple he started us­ing the city tran­sit sys­tem, and would call and book his own bus. So hav­ing those skills re­ally helped to open up his com­mu­nity to him.”

Par­adis was saluted, along with the Bron­cos, at the Novem­ber 5 Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil meet­ing.

“Ev­ery team’s look­ing for that key ad­van­tage, that one lit­tle thing that pushes them over the top. I think that you were a key part to help­ing the club achieve the cham­pi­onship this year, and I re­ally think that you can be re­ally proud of that and keep that with you all of your life,” Coun­cil­lor George Bowditch told Par­adis at the meet­ing.

“It makes us all very proud and it’s very heart warm­ing to have this hap­pen and to see this great ex­am­ple of in­clu­sive­ness in the com­mu­nity,” Coun­cil­lor Pat Friesen added.

SARC noted the In­clu­sive Ad­van­tage Award was pre­sented to the Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos in recog­ni­tion of

“a work­place that re­al­izes the ben­e­fits of hir­ing a per­son ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­abil­ity and high­lights their com­mit­ment to in­clu­sive em­ploy­ment.”

“The Bron­cos are merely mir­ror­ing the com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions and stan­dards of in­clu­sion, of in­volve­ment of peo­ple of all abil­i­ties,” said Kimi Duzan, Re­gional Di­rec­tor of Sask­a­bil­i­ties Swift Cur­rent. “So I think the Bron­cos don’t nec­es­sar­ily see them­selves as a leader. They see them­selves as an em­ployer who hired a per­son with tal­ents and abil­i­ties that can bring some­thing to the team.”

The Bron­cos were rep­re­sented at the Novem­ber 5 City Coun­cil meet­ing by Jamie “But­ter” Leblanc, Head Ath­letic Trainer and Equip­ment Man­ager and for­mer Di­rec­tor of Busi­ness Op­er­a­tions Dianne Slet­ten.

“It takes real lead­er­ship to help all peo­ple find their place. So I want to say a big thank you of course to ad­min­is­tra­tion, and But­ter and to the board who made that con­scious choice to make some­thing very spe­cial for a mem­ber of our com­mu­nity. I know we have a lot more work to do, and through Kimi and through her team, and through I think the en­tire com­mu­nity, we can help all peo­ple within Swift Cur­rent find their home,” Mayor De­nis Per­rault said at the meet­ing.

SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER PHOTO

Nolan Par­adis, dress­ing room at­ten­dant and as­sis­tant trainer, raised the WHL Cham­pi­onship Tro­phy with the as­sis­tance of Colby Sissons and As­so­ciate Coach Ryan Smith on May 13.

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