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City, union sign deal to hire workers with disabilities

The City of Fort St. John and the BCGEU have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a program to hire people with developmental disabilities.
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The City of Fort St. John and the BCGEU have signed a memorandum of understanding to launch a program to hire people with developmental disabilities.

The program would see adults in the community with developmental disabilities be matched up with employment opportunities with the city.

“When you have the city hiring people with developmental disabilities, it really is being a role model for the rest of the community,” said Cindy Mohr, executive director with the Fort St. John Association for Community Living. 

"Other businesses can see it happening and think, ‘Wow, if they’re doing it, I should do it too.’”

The FSJACL has been working with human resources at city hall to match up potential employees with jobs that would match their abilities and skill levels.

“They’re doing it in a very responsible way, just like we would to make sure the right matches would be made,” said Mohr.

Kurt Langdon, the cross component chair with the BCGEU, said the union is looking forward to the program getting going.

“I believe it will enhance whoever gets to work with the individuals and it’s a good development program for all concerned,” he said.

ahendry@ahnfsj.ca