Angie Mindus photo Dairy Queen owner Chrissie Gertzen is thrilled with the work of employee Cory Sulin

Angie Mindus photo Dairy Queen owner Chrissie Gertzen is thrilled with the work of employee Cory Sulin

Community living at its best

Dairy Queen worker Cory Sulin is an example of the possibilities available if employers and those with disabilities work together.

  • Oct. 30, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Angie Mindus

Staff Writer

Dairy Queen worker Cory Sulin is an example of the possibilities available if employers and those with disabilities work together.

And he was very excited to be seen as such last Wednesday during a planned meeting between himself and Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae, who was touring the province to check in on Community Living BC programs (CLBC).

McRae was unable to make the date, but that didn’t stop Sulin’s boss, Chrissie Gertzen, from discussing the advantages of the CLBC employment program and her feelings toward Sulin.

“I love his work — he’s an awesome part of the team. He’s always so happy and the staff love him,” said Gertzen, whose background was in social work before becoming a business owner.

Gertzen said she believes it’s very important that people with disabilities have the same opportunities to work in their community as anyone else.

“Just because someone may learn differently doesn’t mean they can’t do the same work.”

She said a successful work partnership lies in keeping routines and making an effort as a staff to communicate.

“Treating them equal, but different,” she said.

Gertzen wonders if some employers are hesitant to hire people with disabilities due to the belief of added costs in training, which she said just isn’t true.

“With the job coach, there really is no additional cost.”

The job coach program is a program provided by Community Living where staff shadow a client in their new job until such time as they are able to work independently in their new role.

Anyone interested in hiring someone with disabilities or to learn more about the program, can contact Williams Lake Association for Community Living at 250-398-8677 and ask for Sharon.


Just Posted

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada is prepared at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
One death, 39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 484 active cases of the virus in the region currently

Central Mountain Air confirmed it does not plan to resume service to Williams Lake at this time. (Betsy Kline photo)
Central Mountain Air not resuming route to Williams Lake at this time

Scheduled CMA flights will return to Quesnel at the end of June

Gibraltar Mine has started calling back 34 workers laid off on April 27 because it has received its permit to reactive the Gibraltar East Pit. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
Gibraltar Mine receives permit, calling back laid off employees

Mining has begun in the Gibraltar East pit

(RCMP logo)
RCMP investigating early morning assault in Williams Lake

An insecure firearm was located in a residence

Williams Lake City Council rejected a proposal Tuesday at its regular meeting for the city to host a junior A hockey team for the upcoming 2021/22 season. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Council rejects junior A hockey bid in Williams Lake

The proposal has been up for debate the past several months

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Surrey RCMP is releasing sketches of a suspect in an “indecent act” at the Coyote Creek Elementary playground on April 30, 2021. Police said the suspect was clean-shaven “during some interactions” and on “other occasions had stubble outlining a goatee and mustache.” (Images: Surrey RCMP handout)
Vancouver mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart addresses supporters in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says there’s no time to redo details of drug decriminalization plan

Kennedy Stewart says a federal election could see the small window of opportunity close on the city’s bid for an exemption from criminal provisions on simple possession of small amounts of drugs

Premier Mike Horgan received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Facebook/John Horgan)
More than 50% of people eligible in B.C. have received 1st vaccine dose

‘We’ve made extraordinary progress together over the past few weeks,’ says Premier Horgan

Most Read