WISE successfully participated as speakers in the CASE conference, a Canada wide association of employment agencies focused on supporting workers with intellectual disabilities.
A big year for WISE Employment Solutions when they chose to participate in the IMPACT project. This is a UBC initiative to research the outcomes of employment in youth living with disabilities. So far, WISE has worked with 40 youth comparing results with 9 other agencies
For the first time in British Columbia, two Federal Government Agencies, ISED and Transport Canada, partnered with an employment agency in this specific field, to create job opportunities for adults with diverse abilities. WISE Employment Solutions facilitated the hiring and training of their staff.
The WISE team, in partnership with the Surrey School Board, created the Ease into Employment project. The goal of this project was to expose youth experiencing disability to a wide array of careers, skills and certifications. It is believed that early employment interventions lead to higher rates of paid, satisfactory employment in this sector of the population
By the end of 2018, WISE Employment Solutions had a staff of four Employment Specialists. These are professionals who are highly trained not only in the field of employment; but also understand that each business requires specific skill sets from the staff they want to hire.
Under Seema’s leadership, the employment services provided by Semiahmoo House Society, gets a new name and WISE Employment Solutions is born.
As employment for adults with diverse abilities continue to evolve, Semiahmoo House Society hired Seema Tripathi as the Associate Director of Employment. She set to work at creating a series of tools and protocols for better matching of workers with diverse abilities and permanent competitive Employment
By 2009, Customized employment hired four staff with the purpose of finding employment for those receiving services within their communities. These jobs consisted mostly of piece work, contracts, seasonal, etc
In 2008, Semiahmoo House Society recognized that paid employment is a fundamental right for adults with diverse abilities and created Customized Employment