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Project Update: January 2024

What have we been up to?

  • It’s a busy time! We have completed the final round of user-testing the Guiding Principles Checklist. In total, 120 employment service providers form across BC have reviewed and provided input on the resource. The final version is available for download on the Publications + Reports page of our website. Get your copy now!


Meet our new team members

In January 2024 we welcomed two new Co-ops to the ESYD team!

  • Mitchell Brown (he/him) is a master’s student in Public Administration at UVIC, and our new Research Assistant.

  • Margarita Jarrin she/her is a master’s student in Global Leadership at RRU, and our new Communication Assistant.


Team Announcements

  • Dushan Ouyang is staying in our team as our Media Assistant for next term.

  • Sarah Molder will be pursuing personal endeavors and all the CanAssist and ESYD team will miss her dearly.

  • The team lead position will be posted in the next few weeks. In the interim, Kyle Empringham, CanAssist's Director, Operations and Partnerships, will be leading the project.

  • We are hiring! Interested in leading our team? Apply for the ESYD Project Manager position by March 3rd, 2024.


Spotlight: Presenting at the CANNEXUS Conference

Members of the ESYD Project’s engagement team travelled to Ottawa to present at the CANNEXUS 24 event by CERIC (January 29-31, 2024).

The event showcased innovative approaches in career and workforce development. It was also an opportunity for us to connect with peers in education, research, career counselling and career development from across Canada.

Our project team presented on the “Six Guiding Principles to Support for Youth with Disabilities in their Employment”. We also attended sessions put on by other service providers and leaders in the field! It was a fantastic event, and we learned a lot about the changing world of work and how employment service providers need to adapt their practice. 


What’s next?

  • We are building connections with BC Educators of Grades 10-12 to learn about their experience supporting youth with disabilities in career-life planning. We will explore how the Provincial Employment Strategy can incorporate the educator perspective.

  • If you are interested in giving input in supporting youth with disabilities in career-life planning, and discussing about additional resources to support the work of educators you are invited to contact Laura Pringle at or by phone to 250-721-7670.


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