Nakusp targets community living employment

By far the largest unemployed sector in society are the disabled. They have skills and talents just like the rest of us.

Nakusp Hot Springs washrooms got a much needed makeover last week, thanks to a unique partnership between the Village of Nakusp and the Kootenay Society for Community Living (KSCL). Mike Waskul (pictured) was contracted to repaint the aging washroom block, putting his skills with a paintbrush and roller to good use.

Pat Farish, manager of Nakusp Hot Springs and Tim Sander, Customised Employment coordinator for KSCL, worked together to provide this opportunity for Mike, who is currently looking for work.

“Mike did an amazing job of the painting. He transformed the drab and dreary walls and ceiling into a clean and new environment,” said Farish. “The Village is very pleased with the work he has done and look forward to being able to provide Mike and others like him with more opportunities.”

“Customised Employment is all about discovering skill sets, identifying the needs of the employer and putting them together. There are usually a few hoops to jump through, but where there is a will, there is a way,” said Sander. “By far the largest unemployed sector in society are the disabled. They have skills and talents just like the rest of us. Its our job to enable them achieve their potential and I look forward to working with other employers in the area. The Village of Nakusp have done an amazing job in helping us move Mike forward.”

For more information please contact Tim Sander at 250-265-1471 or nakuspkscl@columbiawireless.ca