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11Sep

‘Everybody deserves a shot’: Job offers more than a paycheque to man with Down syndrome | CBC News

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Brion Kurbis-Edwards knows exactly what he wants to do with the money he makes from his job clearing trays and cleaning tables at the Lonsdale Quay Market.

He wants to see his “favourite superstars” in concert: Nickelback, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.

Kurbis-Edwards has Down syndrome. And, at 24, this job marks the first time he’s been paid for his work.

Kurbis-Edwards’ complex medical needs and the stigmas associated with his cognitive disability made it difficult for him to find paid work. Paired with his low self-confidence — which sometimes escalates into panic attacks — it was a bumpy road to paid employment.

Until he met with Amanda Meyers.

“I think it’s really important that everyone has a place in the community where they can show their strengths and abilities,” said Meyers, who is Kurbis-Edwards’ employment specialist at WorkBC.

Amanda Meyers provides Brion Kurbis-Edwards with job coaching, teaching him his workplace responsibilities. (CBC News/Tristan Le Rudulier)

Seven months after meeting Meyers, Kurbis-Edwards was hired by the facilities management company Dexterra at Lonsdale Quay.

“Amanda helped me,” said Kurbis-Edwards. “She helped me find my job.”

In Canada, the employment rate for people with disabilities varies greatly depending on the severity of the condition, with 76 per cent of people with mild disabilities finding employment, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent numbers. But that figure drops to 31 per cent if the disability is severe.

The path to employment

When Kurbis-Edwards first met with Meyers, she says he was shy and reserved.

“I think that’s just because he faced a lot of challenges getting into the employment market,” Meyers said.

The first task was to identify what type of settings and work would be a good fit for him. 

That part was easy — he loves football and has a season’s pass for the BC Lions. Now he volunteers with the team, handing out programs. 

“I love the touchdowns,” Kurbis-Edwards said.

Along with his paid job, Brion Kurbis-Edwards also volunteers with the BC Lions. (Submitted by Amanda Meyers)

At the same time, he began trial shifts with Dexterra, where he was eventually hired.

“Now, he’s more confident than ever and his sense of humour is really coming out,” Meyers said.

“That’s what I really love to see, when someone really finds something that’s meaningful for them.”

As part of the job training, Meyers coaches Kurbis-Edwards on-site. She takes him step-by-step through his responsibilities. As he becomes more comfortable and confident, Meyers will “fade out” so he no longer relies on her and can work independently.

She says this helps develop a sense of confidence and belonging.

Inclusive hiring a benefit, not a burden

In today’s digital era, Meyers says the job market presents a number of hurdles for people with disabilities. Most jobs are listed online and followed up by an in-person interview, which, she says, is a process that sets up people with disabilities for failure.

“Our clients are better when they are able to show their abilities,” Meyers said.

Along with the difficulties of the traditional hiring process, she says there’s a stigma surrounding people with disabilities; there’s a preconceived notion that they are a burden for the employer, which she says couldn’t be further from the truth. 

“Inclusive hiring is really beneficial for the employer and the individual. We customize jobs to fill specific needs,” said Meyers, adding that, when it’s a good fit, employees with disabilities tend to stay in their jobs longer.

“Companies don’t have to re-hire and re-train employees every month.”

Tina Hustins, who is Kurbis-Edwards’ boss at Dexterra, agrees.

Brion Kurbis-Edwards jokes around with his boss Tina Hustins as they work at the Lonsdale Quay Market. (CBC News/Tristan Le Rudulier)

She says his hard work, eagerness to learn and happy attitude make him a valuable hire.

“I’m ecstatic that I’m seeing him progress. You’re giving someone a chance to see that they can do what other people do,” said Hustins.

“Everybody deserves a shot.”

12Aug

Surrey RCMP investigating after man shot in head Monday morning

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Police are investigating after a man was shot in the head early Monday morning in Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood.


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Police are investigating after a man was shot in the head early Monday morning in Surrey’s Whalley neighbourhood.

RCMP received calls around 1:50 a.m. on Monday reporting gunfire in the 10600-block of King George Boulevard.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment and released.

Serious crime investigators are looking into the shooting and early indications are that the shooting was targeted.

No suspects have been publicly identified and there have been no arrests in the shooting.

Anyone with information about the shooting or who may have security camera footage of the shooting is asked to contact investigators.

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4Feb

Shot transit cop to undergo surgery

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The Metro Vancouver transit cop who was shot while working in Surrey is scheduled to have surgery later this week.

Transit Police Const. Josh Hams, 27, was injured when he was shot at the Scott Road SkyTrain Station Jan 30.

Harms was taken to hospital but later released. 

Daon Glasgow, who was wanted in connection with the shooting, was captured early Sunday morning in a large police operation after a four day manhunt led them to a Burnaby house in the 7500 of Boundary Road.

The nature of the confrontation between Harms and Glasgow has not been released, nor has any information about Hams’ injury.

According to Transit Police spokesman Sgt. Clint Hampton, Harms insisted on going into work over the weekend to speak in-person with his troop mates.

“That was something that he wanted to do on his own. He felt it was important for his colleagues to see him walking and talking … to know that he will recover,” said Hampton. “Obviously he’s got a long road ahead.”

Harms’ wife is expecting the couple’s first child in about a month.

He has a family connection to his employer. Father-in-law Mike Cumberworth is Metro Vancouver Transit Police’s deputy chief of operations.  

The Surrey RCMP has released this composite of Glasgow’s many looks. (Surrey RCMP)

According to Hampton, the approximately 100 members of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police carried out close to 900 warrant arrests in 2018.

Glasgow was out of prison on statutory release and wanted on a warrant for being unlawfully at large at the time of the shooting. 

Glasgow previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a fatal 2010 shooting that took place during a drug deal in a McDonald’s washroom, only blocks from where Harms was shot. 


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4Feb

Shot transit cop undergoes surgery

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The Metro Vancouver transit cop who was shot while working in Surrey is undergoing surgery today for his undisclosed injuries. 

In a statement, Const. Josh Harms said he thanks God his injuries were not worse. 

“Though I have a long road ahead, I am going to make a full recovery and rejoin my colleagues as soon as possible,” he said. 

The 27-year-old was shot while on patrol at the Scott Road SkyTrain Station Jan 30.

Harms was taken to hospital but later released with non-life threatening injuries.

Daon Glasgow, who was wanted in connection with the shooting, was captured early Sunday morning in a large police operation after a four day manhunt led them to a Burnaby house in the 7500 of Boundary Road.

Traffic Const. Josh Harms and a furry friend in an undated Facebook photo. He and his wife are expecting their first child in March. (Facebook)

The nature of the confrontation between Harms and Glasgow has not been released, nor has any information about Hams’ injury.

According to Transit Police spokesman Sgt. Clint Hampton, Harms insisted on going into work over the weekend to speak in-person with his troop mates.

“That was something that he wanted to do on his own. He felt it was important for his colleagues to see him walking and talking … to know that he will recover,” said Hampton. “Obviously he’s got a long road ahead.”

Harms’ wife is expecting the couple’s first child in about a month.

He has a family connection to his employer. Father-in-law Mike Cumberworth is Metro Vancouver Transit Police’s deputy chief of operations.  

The Surrey RCMP has released this composite of Glasgow’s many looks. (Surrey RCMP)

According to Hampton, the approximately 100 members of the Metro Vancouver Transit Police carried out close to 900 warrant arrests in 2018.

Glasgow was out of prison on statutory release and wanted on a warrant for being unlawfully at large at the time of the shooting. 

Glasgow previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a fatal 2010 shooting that took place during a drug deal in a McDonald’s washroom, only blocks from where Harms was shot. 


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