On November 22, 2018, CLBC VP of Strategic Initiatives Jack Styan was recognized for his work in furthering inclusive employment in B.C. when he was announced as a finalist for the Diversity & Inclusion Champion award at the 2018 UnTapped Awards Gala held in Vancouver.
The Gala is organized each year by the Open Door Group, a WorkBC service provider, to express appreciation to employers and leaders who are “tapping” into the workplace talents of people with diverse abilities. Joining the crowd of employers, big and small, from across the province were members of the BC Presidents’ Group and Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Shane Simpson who welcomed the audience and acknowledged the importance of employment in people’s lives, and the benefits of inclusive hiring to employers’ bottom lines.
Jack and his fellow finalists, Krystian Shaw, a self advocate from Kamloops, and Janice Abbott, CEO of Atira Women’s Resource Society & Property Management, were applauded by the crowd as they were invited on stage by Global TV anchor and event emcee Sonia Deol. The three finalists for the inclusion award were chosen from close to 60 nominees from across the province; the selection committee included members from business and social sectors.
Ms. Deol shared with the crowd how each finalist has made positive impacts to inclusive hiring – Jack for his over 35 years working in the sector to further inclusive employment, Krystian as an employer of other self advocates and publisher of a newsletter that promotes the voices of people with diverse abilities, and Janice for her untiring work in the Downtown Eastside to create inclusive housing, and champion the needs of vulnerable people – before announcing, to resounding applause, that Ms. Abbott had been chosen to receive the award this year.
“I am grateful for being recognized for my work with a nomination for an UnTapped leadership award, and pleased Janice was the recipient,” said Jack. “The Gala plays an important role every year by shining a light on the employers and community leaders who are championing inclusion for people with diverse needs. I sincerely congratulate Janice. This recognition of her strong leadership and advocacy for the people of the Downtown Eastside is greatly and justly deserved.”