by Ruby Arsenault
Community Inclusions Ltd. provides employment, residential, day and recreational services to adults with intellectual challenges in western PEI.
Kevin Porter, Executive Director, foresees continued growth. “With growth in any field or industry comes a demand for more positions and more hiring.”
The homes operated by Community Inclusions requires staff shifts up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Residential group home workers and community support workers are in demand,” says Kevin. “These positions are unionized and offer very competitive wages. Full-time employees also receive other benefits such as group medical insurance along with a pension plan.
“We as an industry have lobbied for a human services program to be offered in the western part of PEI, as we need this type of training to fill positions. The West Prince Campus of Holland College started a program in the fall of 2019, and many of their students filled our summer vacancies.” Kevin says he hopes Holland College sees the huge need for this program in western PEI and will continue to offer it.
“We also hire people from other programs of study such as RCW and Youth Care Worker programs, along with other related areas of education and work experience. Community Inclusions has 50 staff members from various fields of study.”
Wages and benefits
“Wages for unionized full-time positions for our front-line Community Support/Residential Group Home Workers range from $17.42 to $20.50 an hour, and will move to $17.94 to $21.11 in the new year,” says Kevin. “Our casual staff receive $16.41 an hour.
“Positions in our other departments, from the Maple House Bakery and Café to Employment Services, are not unionized. Although benefit packages are not offered, it is something we hope for the future,” says Kevin.
“Permanent staff in all departments start with three weeks vacation along with sick days and family sick days when required.”
Other hiring needs
“Just like others in the food service industry, sometimes we struggle with finding staff for Maple House Bakery and Café. We have a unique environment where staff work closely with our clients. Once someone tries it, they tend to love it.”
The Employment Services department has an Employment Counsellor and an Employment Coach, and is currently seeking to hire an Employment Assistant. “The demands are growing in that area and in the drop-in program.”
Kevin says he takes pride in a wonderful unique work environment and workforce.
“Open positions are posted on a regular basis and I always welcome interested people to drop off resumés for casual work to create a pool.”
For more information, contact Kevin Porter at 902-726-3144.
Employment Unit is funded largely through the Canada/Prince Edward Island Labour Market Development Agreements.