Employment Success Stories

Community Living Huntsville matches persons with disabilities and businesses who are looking for employees. We provide training and support, and our goal is to create a win-win situation.

Please enjoy our photo gallery of inclusive employers and success stories.

Brenda has worked for Boston Pizza since it opened and really enjoys being a part of the team and having a real job.

Wendy works at The Great Vine. Wendy has worked in several different fields over the last 20 + years and enjoys trying different jobs.

Jeff has worked at Harvey’s for over 20 years. He enjoys connecting with the customers.

Blake has worked for Hidden Valley Resort since April 2015. He has worked up to full time hours in the summer months. He has a great relationships with his co-workers.

 

AJ works at Mark O’Meara in Huntsville. He shares that he enjoys the work he does and the connections he makes with his co-workers

Kelley has been employed at Independent Grocers for several years now and loves connecting with his co-workers. He loves being part of Independent Grocers and loves work!

Joe has been employed at Home Depot since they opened their doors in Huntsville. He is one of the first employees hired there and loves his job. Joe is also a certified computer repair technician.

#DEAM #EngageTalent Boston Pizza is our featured #DEAM employer for today in recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month When Boston Pizza opened in Huntsville they held a job fair. From the very beginning they have been an inclusive employer, employing several people who live with the label of a disability. Boston Pizza understands that hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense. Out of all the people hired none have been laid off, in fact- we have heard from Boston Pizza on several occasions how happy they are with the people they hired- how hard working, dedicated and committed they are! To learn more about our Supported Employment Program please contact Michelle Ainsworth at michelle.ainsworth@clhuntsville.ca or phone 705. 789. 4543 Ex. 241

Deborah Duce, CEO/Chief Librarian- the Huntsville Library worked with both the YMCA and Community Living to become an inclusive employer. The library has truly opened its door for people with all abilities to utilize its services, volunteer and hold paid positions this making the Library a truly inclusive space. If you are an employer who has an additional employment opportunity please contact Michelle Ainsworth at michelle.ainsworth@clhuntsville.ca or phone 705. 789. 4543 Ex. 241

We would like to recognize Harvey’s restaurant in Huntsville for being an inclusive employer. They have employed someone that receives supported employment supports for over 10 years! Thank you to Harvey’s for understanding that hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense.

The Great Vine is a staple in downtown Huntsville and has been an inclusive employer, offering people with opportunities to learn and grow professionally. The Great Vine is a warm and friendly atmosphere and we feel fortunate to be involved with them! #DEAM #EngageTalent

Home Depot has been a long term employer for people who live with the label of a developmental disability since they opened in Huntsville. Thank you to The Home Depot Huntsville for recognizing that inclusive hiring makes good business sense.

Marjory attended Sault College and obtained her office administration certificate. She has been working in the office administration field for over 4 years now.

Pictured in this photo is Minerva, head of housekeeping at Hidden Valley Resort. Minerva oversees an employee that receives support at Community Living Huntsville. Hidden Valley Resort understands that hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense.

.Near North Business Machines is an inclusive employer in Huntsville. Thank you Near North for all that you do! If you would like to offer someone an employment opportunity please contact Michelle Ainsworth at 705. 789. 4543 Ex. 241 or email michelle.ainsworth@clhuntsville.ca

Scott is a leader in the inclusive employment movement in Town of Huntsville, Muskoka, Ontario. He is passionate about his work and his enthusiasm brightens everyone’s days. He is an inclusive employer and we look forward to our ongoing collaboration. “What it comes down to is that it doesn’t matter if the person has a disability or not. If they want that door to open you can provide those tools to anyone, it is the right coaching and mentoring that will help any employee stay on the job and be successful. I want my team to be more interactive and my responsibility is to assist to make this happen. Most importantly, supporting all aspects in the community is important, whether it be employing people, helping give back in other ways, it is also how you put money back into the community. You can give back in ways like the soup kitchen like we do at Hidden Valley. We put a lot of money back to the community- one of the ways is in the form of employment opportunities- to give back to individuals there is a need and a role for everyone who wants to work. It is fulfilling for me watching people become more successful in their career because let’s face it, you can sit in a house all you want and not contribute or you can give back, I want to help our community see the benefits of employing people with disabilities. One of the challenges that people face is that you always want to make sure that people are doing their job correctly—we need to remember that we don’t live in a perfect world but you learn by participating and people learn through guidance- learning the small details and all of a sudden people learn and finally the switch goes off! You have to learn how to skate before you learn how to stick handle—whether its people with disabilities or not—people learn at different speeds and different ways- when the employee gets the job it’s like a switch goes off and then after that how do you stop them?? I have not had any layoffs in 2 years and part of that is because you have to invest in your employees and their co workers- we are a team and there is no ‘I” in team.” -Scott Doughty, General Manager, Hidden Valley Resort

Randy Robinson from Robinson’s Independent Grocery is an inclusive employer. He has been hiring people with disabilities since he opened Robinson’s Independent Grocers! Congratulations Randy on being an inclusive employer! Thank you for being a business owner who understands the importance of engaging talent! #EngageTalent #DEAM

Mark from spectacles was quick to hire Norman to maintain the stairs and sidewalk outside his store front. This is a great example of how even small business can be inclusive employers. If you are interested in having Norman maintain your sidewalk you can call Steve @ 705-789-4543 ext. 8. Norman is currently booking for the winter season.

The Nutty Chocolatier is another one of the downtown business that’s hire Norman to maintain it sidewalk this leaves the store front not only smelling great but looking grate. If you are interested in having Norman maintain your sidewalk you can call Steve @ 705-789-4543 ext 8. If you are an employer that would like to provide another employment opportunity contact Michelle Ainsworth at michelle.ainsworth@clhuntsville.ca or phone 705. 789. 4543 Ex. 241

Pictured in this photo is Lindsay from little place by the lights. Little place has gone the extra mile to make their restaurant stand out. They have hired Norman to maintain their sidewalk keeping it safe and clean. This is a great example of how even small business can be inclusive employers.

Thank you to McDonalds for your inclusive hiring practices. Pictured in this photo is Jen, manager of McDonalds #DEAM #EngageTalent

Grandview Golf Club- Mark O’Meara clubhouse. Pictured in this photo is Chef Vince- Grandview is an inclusive employer in our community that recognizes the value of hiring people with disabilities. It just makes good business sense! #DEAM #EngageTalent

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