PICS received the 2019 Inclusive Employer Award in the Not-for-Profits category at the 5th Annual Inclusive Employer Awards organized by the Rotary Club of Surrey on October 24 at the Surrey Arts Centre.
It was a celebration in recognition of employers who are making a difference in inclusive employment. Four awards were given out to businesses in Surrey, Delta and White Rock who go above and beyond to hire people with disabilities.
PICS Case Manager, Career Path for Skilled Immigrants Program, Maninder Sanghera, stated in her application for the award: “My employer is always observing and making required changes and always asks for inputs / suggestions to make improvements when it comes to the building and program accessibility. PICS Society recognizes there are many physical barriers which prevent people from getting jobs and accessing services. For this reason, PICS Society took the step to get accreditation done from Rick Hansen; therefore, has The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC). PICS Society is also CARF accredited (the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) which shows PICS is showing commitment towards improving quality of services. In simple terms, I am proud to be working for an employer who cares.”
Thanking the staff, C.E.O. Satbir Cheema, said: “Staff members should take pride in winning this award. Together, we have helped create a culture of inclusivity at PICS. The kindness and the support provided by PICS staff to employees and volunteers who have disabilities is to be commended. I want to thank PICS staff for creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for their colleagues of any gender, sexual orientation, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.”