Donald Betenchuk, left, with Executive Director Bob Rempel at Live Fridays February 22nd.
It was a month of record snowfall for Winnipeg and at SSCOPE that meant hard work all month. One employee always said yes to more and more work to help the organization meet its customer service obligations. For that reason Donald Betenchuk has been selected as SSCOPE’s January 2013 Employee of the Month. Donald returned to SSCOPE in December after some eye surgery, and resumed right where he left off. He continues to grow and show responsibility as an employee member in our program.
SSCOPE takes on large and small snow shoveling jobs on contract to provide meaningful work for our members
A new employee-member referred to us by one of our partners, the EIA Marketabilities Team, recently told us how important being hired at SSCOPE, and the importance of work in general was. We believe in the importance of employment to stabilize and assist recovery, and we know our employee members do to. We want to share their words so that when you hire SSCOPE to work for you, the community knows how important being able to work is, for those with a mental health disability or issue and how much you are helping.
“The first thing I think of is a sense of self worth and appreciation. Coming from a very unbalanced life as to what a normal society considers work ethics, my perspectives draw me considerably close to co-dependency. Working allows me freedom to live, function and spend as I choose. With the appreciation of each day at work, my interactions with others and the provisions to purchase my necessities and wants at my leisure. Knowing I am able to depend solely on my effort has freed me from a lot of anxieties and unwanted ties to co-dependency. This is my statement of the importance of work for me as a mental health consumer.”
The Official Ribbon Cutting of SSCOPE's new facility at 1466 Arlington St. L-R: Yvette Chartrand representing SSCOPE's employee members, George Paskieka, SSCOPE Board Chair, Bob Rempel, SSCOPE Executive Director, Councillor Mike Paktaghan, City of Winnipeg
Our employee members and the community responded enthusiastically to our August 19 opening of Treasures by SSCOPE and the official ribbon of SSCOPE’s new facility at 1466 Arlington St.
Donations for Treasures started to flow in on Friday and we are very grateful. We accept donation from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday, or by special arrangement by calling 987-6300
We particularly want to thank two of our current employee members: Elton Plett who performed for us after the ceremony and Garry Yanyu, who handled all the cooking for many hours. Elton does some great music and Garry is preparing to study to be a chef, and we are grateful to have two people with excellent skills assisting us.
We also want to thank Rona at Kenaston Boulevard for loaning us a commercial grade BBQ and Sobeys at Burrows and Keewatin for donating soft drinks to SSCOPE employees and the community for the day.