Second annual ICE awards presented
For the second year, Realm, in conjunction with Rotary at Work, Community Living British Columbia (CLBC), Kootenay Employment Services and East Kootenay News Online (e-KNOW) hosted the Inclusive Community Employment (ICE) awards.
The ICE awards are aimed at recognizing inclusive employers who have opened their visions, have been drivers in the field of inclusion, and have been determined to make a difference in their communities and the East Kootenay region.
We want to thank all the community members who took the time to vote for the companies they felt embodies what the ICE awards are all about. Even though each category has a voted winner, we cannot express how much the communities have been positively impacted by the businesses nominated.
This year’s voted for winners in each category:
Community Mentor: The Paw Shop.
Accessibility: The Farm Kitchen.
Innovative Career Builder: Bro’s Cove.
Authentic Leader: Max’s Place.
Emboldened Visionary: Kootenay Roasting Company (KRC).
These winners along with all the nominees are ‘Breaking the ICE’ through removing barriers and continuing to fight for equality in the community.
We would also like to acknowledge that through the challenging situation we are all currently presented with, that each and every one of the nominated employers have not wavered in their constant belief in what it means to be an Inclusive Community Employer, making all of us in the community ultimate winners.
Lead image: The Paw Shop – Community Mentor Award. Photos submitted