Alberta's Best Workplaces 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. 

Champions is extremely honoured to be named a finalist for Alberta's Best Workplaces 2013 in the category of Diversity. Alberta's Best Workplaces are annual awards handed out by Alberta Venture magazine and recognizes those Alberta-based companies leading the way in corporate culture and human resource development. The Best Workplaces Conference and Awards Dinner were held yesterday and our Executive Director, Lisa Moon, and board members Bryan Arthur and David McLean were in attendance to represent Champions. 

As mentioned earlier, we were a finalist in the category of Diversity, which is an honour for us as diversity is at the heart of all we do here at Champions.  Every employee at Champions identifies as having some form of disability. We believe strongly in finding accommodations for all of the needs of our employees. The accommodations may be based on a visible or invisible disability, lifestyle requirements, or personal preference. Every employee at Champions actively works with their managers and team to find the best ways for them to succeed at work. This doesn't happen by accident, it is a result of employees being able to work in an environment committed to mutual respect and open communication. 

Our organizational philosophy is built upon the values of accountability, collaboration and inclusion. We pursue the achievement of these values by constantly striving for a healthy workplace where individuals feels respected, valued, listened to and appreciated. The result is an environment in which we can demonstrate our gifts, explore new areas of growth, and move forward as a team committed to the cause of the agency. Our client’s success is the cause of the agency, and their success is our success. 

We didn't win the award - the honour went to Syncrude - but we are thankful to Alberta Venture to be recognized as a finalist. As we look to the future, we know that a commitment to diversity never stops and that our success as an agency is dependent on practicing what we preach. Champions will continue to help persons with disabilities achieve their career goals and partner with employers who want to build inclusive workplaces, all the while doing so ourselves.   

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