Library recognized for support of Diversity at Work program

Three locations of Vancouver Island Regional Library are being recognized by the provincial government and Vancouver Island Vocational and Rehabilitation Services for their support of Diversity at Work programs.

This recognition is given to employers who employ people with developmental disabilities.

Vancouver Island Regional Library established a partnership with Vancouver Island Vocational and Rehabilitation Services in 2011 to allow adult pages to serve in Courtenay, Nanaimo Harbourfront, Parksville, Port Alberni and Sidney branches, and at the administration and support services locations in Nanaimo.

The three Nanaimo locations being recognized are the Poplar Street administration location, the Boban Drive support services location, and the downtown Nanaimo Harbourfront branch.

“We have been extremely pleased with our partnership with Vancouver Island Vocational and Rehabilitation Services,” says Rosemary Bonanno, executive director of Vancouver Island Regional Library, in a press release. “Not only do clients of VIVRS gain valuable life skills and work experience, our customers and staff get an opportunity to meet and interact with these wonderful young adults.”

The rehabilitation service works with employers by supporting them as they search for, train and hire the workers they need. Clients of VIVRS get the support they need to prepare for employment, training, and an improved quality of life.

For more information, please visit www.vivrs.ca.