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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) and Community inclusion month. The ICE (Inclusive Employer) awards were created to allow us an opportunity to highlight and show the value of inclusiveness, open-minded thinking, and progress in our local communities.

REALM in association with Rotary at Work, Community Living British Columbia (CLBC), Kootenay Employment Services, and East Kootenay News Online (e-Know) will be hosting the third ICE Awards, recognizing Inclusive Employers in the East Kootenay region. These employers have the vision, drive, and determination to make a difference in the community and workforce.

This month there will be an opportunity to acknowledge these employers and thanking them publicly for moving our communities forward.

On November 4, 2021 we will be celebrating the nominated leaders, showcasing how and why they are inclusive. Again, this year we will be handing out ICE awards for five different categories: Community Mentor, Accessibility, Innovative Career Builder, Authentic Leader, and the Emboldened Visionary.

Who are they? These leaders are “breaking the ice” removing barriers and appreciate how it is important to fight for equality in the community.

How are we recognizing them? The nominees’ leadership excels in the category in which they are assigned. Please nominate the employer of your choice in each category.

Mark your calendars for November 4 and check our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/realmbc.ca/ and website https://realmbc.ca/ to see which leaders are acknowledged this year.


VOTE NOW! Vote by October 24, 2021.

Community Mentor: The Paw Shop, Bladerunners, JJ’s Laundry, Staples

Innovative Career Builders: Home Depot, The Sandman Inn, Bro’s Cove, Crestoramics, ATCO Elkford

Accessibility: The Farm Kitchen, The Lawn Doctor, Groundfloor, First Ave Self Storage, Nexus Cranbrook, A&W Invermere

Authentic Leader: Kootenay Grounds, RCSS, Spring Honda, City of Fernie, AG Valley Foods, Columbia Theatre Cranbrook

Emboldened Visionary: Kate Gibbs, Home Depot, KRC, CDN Tire Fernie, Columbia River Paddle, Tim Hortons, McDonald’s

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