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Project Update: September 2023

Updated: Nov 27, 2023


What have we been up to?

We started the month off by welcoming two new members to our team! Read more about them below.

Our youth and subject matter expert working groups are sharing valuable input and feedback as we work to develop an Employment Support Model for Youth with Disabilities. Development of the model curriculum is well underway!

Our Youth Advisory Committee members shared helpful feedback on how we can translate the model into a Self-Serve Tool for youth. We will be integrating this feedback into our plans moving forward!

September 30 marked Orange Shirt Day, and the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We spent time practicing the pronunciation of the traditional names of the places we have lived and sharing some of the steps we’re taking to work towards reconciliation. See our Orange Shirt Day activity here.


Meet our new team members

Our team is growing! This fall, we grew from a team of seven to nine. Please join us in welcoming our two new team members:

Elliot Gustafson (he/him) – Content & Curriculum Developer

Elliot is responsible for writing curriculum for the Employment Support Model for Youth with Disabilities and developing content for other project deliverables.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, training in martial arts as well as reading and overall staying active physically and socially.

Dushan Ouyang (she/her) – Communications Assistant

Dushan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and Art History at the University of Victoria. As a fluent speaker of Mandarin, Japanese, and English, she has a passion for inclusive and effective cross-cultural communication. With a strong interest in learning and growth, she is enthusiastic about supporting the Provincial Employment Strategy for Youth with Disabilities project. She loves films and literature when she’s off work.

See our whole team on our website.


What’s next?

We are focused on employer engagement. As part of our engagement plan, we will be partnering with the BCMindReader platform to distribute surveys to a diverse network of employers from across the province.

Our Caregiver Survey Report is well underway. We look forward to sharing it with you soon.

We are working with our Youth Advisory Committee on professional projects to both provide them with paid, resume-building opportunities, and to increase youth engagement. We will be sharing the work they do with us on our social media channels.

Follow us on @esydbritishcolumbia on Instagram and TikTok and Facebook to stay in the loop!


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