MentorAbility Initiative 2016

MentorAbility, an initiative of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment, was piloted by CLBC along with Inclusion BC and service providers from across the province in 2014. We are pleased to share that the initiative launched for the third year on October 5 to match individuals with developmental disabilities who are interested in employment with business leaders for a one day mentoring experience. Each person will be connected with a working professional who is employed in a career area they are interested in for career guidance, job shadowing and networking opportunities to better prepare them for getting the job of their dreams. Service providers in communities across B.C. are currently working to match employers with employees.

You can learn more about the MentorAbility on the Employment For All website here, including a video and story booklets showing participants from the first two years. You can also read stories of Mentorability participants below. Employers who are interested in participating in 2016 can contact their local community living association.

Kendal’s Picture Perfect Day

kendalIn October 2015, Langley Association for Community Living (LACL) participated in the MentorAbility initiative, which matches employers with a protégée with a diverse ability for a day of mentoring. 

Kendal has always enjoyed taking photos. She even has her own camera and enjoys planning photo shoots with her family. Kendal has always been interested in photography and wanted to learn more about it.

Hannah, from Hannah Cummins Photography, was contacted and was super supportive of the MentorAbility day. Hannah said she would be honored in taking an individual out on a photographer tour.

Kendal was amazed by Hannah and what the she was teaching her. They both walked around Fort Langley taking photos of flowers, bridges, water, buildings and the beautiful scenery around them. Kendal was also taking photos of the photographer; they were each other’s models for the afternoon.

Throughout the afternoon of walking through Fort Langley, Kendal’s smile just kept getting bigger. The glow Kendal had on her face after her day with Hannah was spectacular. When asked about her day, Kendal gleaming from ear to ear said,  “I could spend all day Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. being a photographer.”

Thank you Hannah for making  Kendal’s day picture perfect!

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