Venture Training’s 20th Annual Supported Employment Barbecue sponsored by Silver Star Rotary Club was held recently at Coldstream Park, and once again provided an opportunity to thank local businesses that support Venture’s crews in various work programs.
This year’s recipient of the Employer of the Year Award was Tim Hortons, which has supported many individuals with employment opportunities for the past 12 years.
Laura Dewing and Sandy Urqhart are both employed by Tim Hortons and Les Reider has assisted with the unloading of trucks for the past 10 years.
Silver Star Rotary president Keith Johnston and director of operations Ed Columbus presented Tim Hortons owners Jamie and Dan Currie with a keeper plaque thanking them for all their support and the work opportunities offered to Venture Supported Employment participants.
Hamburgers, smokies and corn were served by the club followed by cake for dessert. The 50 attendees enjoyed games after the meal, and many great prizes were donated by local businesses and given to the winners of the events.
“Venture Training is especially grateful to the Silver Star Rotary for continuing to sponsor this annual event,” said Eileen Howells, executive director of the Vernon and District Association for Community Living, which runs Venture Training. “The event is important to Venture and we really appreciate the support of the Rotary clubs and members.
“The Rotary members, Venture staff, support work participants and local business representatives attending the barbecue had a great opportunity to socialize and enjoy the celebrations. Many thanks to all involved in making this year’s barbecue such a success again.”