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Diverse work, competing priorities and ability to delegate.

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It was a fast paced work environment where try to support as many clients while also working within financial budget. Tight knit group of staff that learned how to think outside of the box to support clients.
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Low wage job

Low wage job. Once hired they expect you to purchase a vehicle and drive their clients. They don’t pay enough but they want their workers to have vehicles. Great people to work with but at times there is no support for staff.

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Great people

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Low wage
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Great work environment.

This allowed me independent growth as a job coach and taught me many new skills that I have been able to utilize in other areas of life and in other employment opportunities.
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An average workplace

Not a great place to work. Networking is the most important factor in this organization. Work efficiency is very low. There is a huge salary gap among staff. Managers just think about their salaries. Hierarchy is everything. Lots of staff are hired based on their network rather their qualifications.
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Awesome!

Great culture! The clients are super nice, and easy to get along with. I look forward to going to work every day knowing I'm making a difference in their day.
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Supportive valuable work

A good company to work for. Great mentoring; some advancement available but additional post secondary education may be required. Kind supportive staff teams offer you a comfortable place to 'learn on the job'. This is a large company that offers a range of work; most candidates start their careers as casuals but quickly can post into part-time or full time positions. This is a career that you can feel good about.
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Great Community

The people that work here are awesome. The salary is quite low but allows entry level applicants a place to begin their career and work with those with disabilities
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Wonderful desires, but poor leadership

I spent 4 months training in a half time position. The training was thorough, but I'm still not sure what part the Contract Clerk plays in it all. Some people were nice and the idea throughout the organization was to be accepting and a team, but some people were not so nice and I was forced out. My supervisor was in Prince George and unclear with guidance on what I should be doing and not always available to ask.
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Great company to work for

enjoyed working for a company that supports people with disabilities. it was a lovely office environment and received great support from the managers as well as the other team members.
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Great place to build a career

I have had some really great growth opportunities in my career with CLBC so far. The leadership that I report to is supportive and wants to know what I think. There is real value to the work that I do, not just making money for some corporation.

Pros

Meaningful work.

Cons

Heavy workload. Only a con if you don't enjoy that.
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Head custodian

Good company to work for.Very flexible houres, mostly in house. Self motivated.Great surpot. I would feffinantly recomend this company to anyone that I know.
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always has the clients needs first and understands a workers need for life balance

flexible and understanding employer with good ethics and administration. I never had a single problem working there was a charm - it always depends on your rapport with the client with these kind of jobs, but on the management side of things they did good I feel.
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Rewarding and satisfying

Working with Community Living BC has given me an appreciation for people of all cultures and abilities. I have matured in this atmosphere and developed a true compassion for and understanding of what my responsibilities are. A typical day will include getting a client up, in some cases deal with their hygiene and physical needs. Distributing medication, providing breakfast. Ensure they are ready for pick up with Handy Dart to take them to their daily program with a packed lunch. Or if no program, plan their day to Sometimes medical/dental appointments are required therefore as a representative assist clients to and from. Allow a calm and relaxing environment for clients to decompress from the day. Provide dinner and any medications. Assist in bedtime routines. I believe the hardest part of this job is when a contract is beginning as there is always an adjustment to living full time with unfamiliar people as you learn their needs and requirements but harder is when a contract is finished or when when a client has passed away adjusting to the loss. The most enjoyable part of this job is seeing a client who grows and develops to their full potential and the journey it takes to get there.
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 – 17 August 2017
Another thought about CLBC is that the social workers are ever changing as is the system which makes it difficult to have a consistent Employer/Employee relationship. The pay is average although the government announced a wage increase but to date I haven't been notified of any. It doesn't seem that it is on par with cost of living.
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Manager

Crown corporation has a great mission and does a lot of great work. Culture is a bit lacking and can get a bit political making it difficult to be effective. Salaries are a bit low, and tools available are often not used very well.

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Good location

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Political
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Very fulfilling working with people with special needs.

Connecting with clients with special needs in their home. Providing them a opportunity to expand their capacities and abilities. Give them an environment that is safe and comfortable. Establish a positive, friendly relationship with clients.

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Relationships with clients

Cons

Co-workers sometimes lacking enthusiasm
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Contract Care Provider

I was never an employee of Community Living BC. I had contracts with them to provide care for special needs children and adults {foster care, adult care provider} from 1988 - 2015. I can't really even rate them because over the years I worked with many Social Workers. I felt that some were great and others were lacking. I do feel that the pay was not fair across the board with some contract providers making big bucks whilst others made peanuts. I always felt that it was down to how well you were able to manipulate the system and who you knew that made the difference. What can I say - I enjoyed caring and providing a safe environment for the people I cared for.
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Good place to work, good managers and staff.

Learned about mentally handicapped facilities; services to children with special needs. Management was very knowledgeable and fair. Can't recall the hardest part of the job because my job wasn't hard to do. The most enjoyable part of the job was completing a contract for a facility that would be able to provide services for a client; services for special needs children.

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Great co-workers

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None
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Positive, exciting place to work! always learning about each other

organize the set plans for the day communicate with the other leaders do a vehicle maintenance check for safety prepare backpacks for the teens activities (food, toys, etc) see which teens everyone is picking up from different schools set a meeting place collaborate a team game/activity engage teens be the mediator for conflict stick to time schedule communicate with parents

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great learning experience, i loved my job

Cons

sometimes violence was an issue
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Fun and learned a lot from them too

I could see how much the special needs adults grew during my time teaching them which was rewarding. The manager gave me tips on how to deal with certain students and what they were capable of doing.
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Engaging, rewarding, and lifelong learning!

A typical day at work involves collaborating with my team across the province on a variety of projects via phone, webinars, or online presentations. We design, enhance, and evaluate on a continuous basis. It also involves marking of assignments, on-line , and/or one to one support to new staff who are learning the planning philosophy of the organization. I am also engaged in yearly planning and co-ordinating of overall staff orientation with the agencies vision, values, history, roles, and policy. In addition providing liason support from regions to the head office. My team is amazing and dedicated to "actively promote our agency as a learning organization that enhance the capacity of all staff to be recognized leaders in supporting the individuals we serve to live "good lives in welcoming communities". The most enjoyable part of my work is creating, innovating, "revolutionizing", and learning together with others. The hardest part of my job is not taking on too much as there are so many interesting things to learn and do.

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amazing people to work with

Cons

navigating complex systems
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While working for CLBC, I enjoyed the position and learned new skills.

I learned a lot and gained new skills. The best part was getting to know the client and helping her. The hardes part was dealing with behaviours but I learned how to deal with them. The most enjoyable part was getting to know the client then having fun doing client's nails when we had time.

Pros

worked with positive professionals

Cons

contract ended
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