The Employment Journey Inc. has provided Islanders with employment-related news you can use for 21 years.
Gloria Welton, Manager/Founder, created the idea of producing a publication to get career-related information to Island communities. “It is critical to know about our community resources and options as we navigate through our career journey.”
The first eight-page edition was published in May, 1998. One of the articles was about Kingswood Center, now called Inclusions East, located in Montague. To celebrate 21 years in circulation, we followed up and explored how this organization has grown. Also, there is another connection: clients of Inclusions East deliver copies of The Employment Journey on PEI in the Montague area and do a fantastic job.
Inclusions East sees growth and hires staff
“We have grown significantly over the past 21 years, allowing an evolution of new trends and approaches that have been initiated with great success,” says Nancy Anderson, Executive Director.
Inclusions East is the largest non-profit agency in Kings County, and provides a multitude of services for people with an intellectual disability.
Heavy emphasis is placed on inclusion and community participation through day services and vocational training, community support, residential services, and employment services.
“With continued demands for services and a wait list, we launched a building fund to replace the aging centre, which will offer additional opportunities to enhance programming, skills development, and training. We are also in the process of developing an Independent Living Centre to help address our clients’ residential needs.
“Inclusions East has five divisions providing services,” says Nancy. “To respond to changing needs, two years ago we began to offer a residential day program. If desired by the client and family, we can offer a wrap-around approach. Residential Services provides varying levels of support and care with residential models that place great emphasis on ensuring a suitable home for those who live there.
“The Community Support Program and Alternative Options give greater flexibility and allow individuals and families an option for services while they are on a wait list or if the individual require supports not offered elsewhere.”
Employment Services helps clients find and maintain employment in the community
“Inclusion, especially in the workplace, is so important,” says Nancy. “Employment offers a pay cheque which allows clients to participate more fully in the community. It is a step toward breaking down barriers to showcase their capabilities, and builds a sense of belonging and self-worth.”
In Montague, programs include Bakery & Catering, Woodworking, Skills Development, and Music Therapy. “The Kingswood Retail Outlet at the Down East Mall allows our clients’ capabilities and their products to be showcased, and provides training in retail sales.”
About the staff and hiring needs
Inclusions East currently employs about 50 staff. Direct Support Workers make up the largest portion of the workforce. Other job titles include Employment Practitioner, Employment Support Worker, Financial Officer, Residential Coordinator, Day Services Coordinator, and Business Development.
“The most preferred training for Direct Support Workers is a diploma in Human Services or a degree in education, social work, or psychology, or education such as Child & Family Worker and Resident Care Worker.
“We also require Direct Support Workers for temporary or casual work, which often leads to other opportunities,” says Nancy. “Many of these positions are in Residential Services.”
How to apply
For more information about Inclusions East, contact Nancy Anderson, at 902-838-2516, ext. 4.
Funded by the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning through the Canada-PEI Labour Market Agreements.