SSCOPE News-Update for October and November

What’s New At SSCOPE:

October 17 Board Meeting:

SSCOPE’s Board of Directors and chairman Ryan Clement have confirmed SSCOPE’s growth plans in supporting mental health recovery through real employment and supports by committing to grow to 400 paid employee members by 2016.  400 in 4 Years may be the catchphrase.    This would double our current yearly paid employees.

The Board also agreed to further expansion by adding a second Employment Office/Training Centre and Retail operation in Winnipeg, within 6 months if possible, with more locations to come on a staged basis after that.

It also agreed to continue exploratory talks with communities like Kenora, Selkirk, Steinbach, Portage la Prairie, Brandon and others to determine if there is a basis in one or more of these communities for a local partnership for the development of a SSCOPE like social enterprise supportive employment non profit.   As well, SSCOPE’s Bylaws are being reviewed for full update and revision for current and future development, with the changes to be presented to the AGM in June, 2013.

SSCOPE is embarking on a tremendous growth phase, while continuing to support each and every one of our existing members.  New prospective Board members with special skills, contacts and high energy are encouraged to join us as we work to accomplish our mission.

Ten of SSCOPE staff gather for a quick minute after completing work at the St. Boniface City Hall and Court House properties on Friday morning March 2nd.

Snow Shoveling:

MPI’s donation of a crew transport Van (see below) has allowed SSCOPE to take on additional work this winter.   We currently have close to 65 residential and small business customers, including a new group of private customers that we commit to clearing before 8:00 am at a separate rate structure.  This is highest ever total for SSCOPE  as we also enter the second year of our contract with the City of Winnipeg to clear snow from City Hall, police stations, libraries and other buildings, about 40 in total,  before 8:00 am in the morning.  As a result of the City’s requirements and the demands of our employees to get closer to permanent part time work within our organization, we have now put in place Permanent Overnight Crews for the next five months, providing that permanent work so many want us to provide. Each crew also has a Lead Hand promoted from within our employee group.  Two new part-time Team Leaders have been hired as well.

November 8th Meeting with Provincial Minister of Housing:

SSCOPE has a meeting on Thursday November 8th with Province of Manitoba Minister of Housing Kerri Irvin Ross to discuss how to further develop and enhance the business relationship and partnership that has existed between the two organizations for the past two years.  Employee members are hoping for more committed year round employment as a result of SSCOPE being awarded sustainable jobs and work after the current series of meetings with governments and business.

SSCOPE is currently approximately 65% self funded through business revenues and non governmental funder partnerships and its Board is committed to seeing that be 100% in 4 years.

SSCOPE 2012 Christmas Luncheon:

SSCOPE Christmas luncheon past. This year over 60 individuals are expected to attend, double our previous years.

This year’s Christmas Luncheon and Gift Giving is set for Friday December 21 at 11:45 am at Canton Buffet.  The growing employee membership base requires us to increase our fundraising every year.  Please consider supporting our members in their journey to mental health recovery through gainful employment and real work by calling the Director of Development at 987-6302 or emailing SSCOPE at sscope@sscope.org

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