Fredericton Chamber pleased to announce partnership with the Neil Squire Society

For Immediate Release
19 December 2013

(Fredericton, NB) – The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Neil Squire Society. Specifically, the chamber will promote the various programs offered by the society, which are mutually beneficially to businesses and the society’s clients. The chamber may also act as a conduit on a one-on-one basis to connect our members to the society to see what programs may be a good fit for their organization.

Of particular interest is the society’s Working Together Program, which connects job seekers with disabilities to employers by providing a wage subsidy for a minimum of six months. The goal is to help organizations create a more diverse and inclusive working environment.

Participant employers are required to “provide an individual with a disability a part-time or full-time employment opportunity with the likelihood of long-term employment and to maintain contact with the Neil Squire Society staff and provide feedback to assist in the individual’s professional development.”

The stated advantages to employers are: (1) eliminate the hiring and training cost of a new employee; (2) Experience a reduced turnover rate when hiring someone with a disability; (3) learn the value of hiring an individual with a disability; (4) encourage a more diverse and inclusive working environment; and (5) an opportunity to learn a positive business case.

“The Fredericton chamber is thrilled to enter into this partnership with the Neil Squire Society,” said Krista Ross, CEO of the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce. “The society has a long history of doing great work in communities across the country and their employment programs are a natural fit for us here at the chamber. As an interested stakeholder we are always looking for opportunities that benefit our members, but also the community as well.”

The Moncton Chamber of Commerce and Saint John Board of Trade have also entered into similar partnerships with the Neil Squire Society.

“I'm delighted that the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce has agreed to become one of our partners in helping us to connect to the business community of Fredericton. Their partnership will be instrumental in helping us build stronger relationships with employers across the region,” says Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society.

More details on the Working Together Program can be found here:

http://www.neilsquire.ca/business-programs-services/workingtogether/

With more than 900 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.

Contact: Krista Ross, CEO, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce: (506) 458-8006

The Neil Squire Society (www.neilsquire.ca) is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Burnaby, BC with a regional office in Fredericton that assists persons with physical disabilities acquire meaningful jobs through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and various employment programs. Since its establishment in 1984, more than 29,000 people have been assisted throughout Canada.

Contact: Alexi Thomas, Manager of Communications, Neil Squire Society: (604) 473-9363 ext. 175

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