Published: December 3, 2010

New View Society Employment services, in partnership with the Fraser Health Authority Cottonwood, Connelly and Cypress Lodges hosted a very successful community employer and volunteer host recognition event on October 28, 2010.

The 2010 Vocational Recognition and Awards evening provided an opportunity to thank and appreciate local employers and volunteer hosts for their part in helping people living with mental illness work in and contribute to the community.

A total of 6 area employers and 10 area volunteer hosts attended and were presented with plaques of excellence. Guest speakers included Judith Macrae Fraser Health Authority Tertiary Lodge Manager and Ted Kuntz New View Board Co-Chair and local therapist. Local dignitaries including Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore, Coquitlam councillor Barry Lynch and Port Moody councilor Bob Elliot were also in attendance to share their thoughts and take part in the celebration.

Certificates of achievement and success were provided to several Lodge and New View members also in attendance. The event, due to cuts in funding and limited location options has been absent for a couple of years but now the tradition continues with employers, community hosts, NVS and lodge members being recognized for their contributions and achievements in vocational excellence by the New View Society employment program.