Recognized as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2019):
By Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (Feb 12, 2019)
Here are some of the reasons why Creative Options Regina, Inc. was selected as one of Saskatchewan's Top Employers (2019):
- Creative Options Regina keeps employees engaged with a number of social events throughout the year, including family barbecues in the summer, trivia and improv nights, book clubs and comic book clubs, numerous sports teams such as paint ball and dodge ball, and an annual Christmas party
- Employees at Creative Options Regina can balance work and their personal lives through a variety of alternative work options, including flexible hours, telecommuting, and shortened and compressed work weeks -- additionally, employees benefit from monthly visits from a registered massage therapist and can participate in free yoga classes during the summer
Creative Options Regina is a career 'hidden gem'
Kristyn White first became aware of Creative Options Regina (COR) while completing her kinesiology degree at the University of Regina. She was immediately impressed by COR's unique approach to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and mental health challenges.
"We believe the person comes before the disability," says White, now a home team leader with COR."Regardless of what label you've been given, you deserve to be treated with respect and dignity and to live a beautiful and happy life."
Founded in 2009, COR is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides in-home support based on the philosophy of Gentle Teaching. Putting aside traditional approaches and practices based on control and compliance, COR strives to help the people it serves discover and reach their personal goals. The focus is on building relationships and creating a sense of community where people feel safe and valued.
That culture of gentleness is woven into all aspects of the organization, including how COR recruits and trainsits employees. "Value alignment is very important for us," says executive director, Michael Lavis. "We look for people who understand and share our core values and who want to make a difference."
COR's workforce is young (average age: 29) and includes many people who have never before worked in the human services field.
The majority are recent graduates from a variety of disciplines, including social work, nursing, the arts and business," says Lavis. "Many had no idea this could be a career for them. It's one of those hidden gems where people really discover their own potential."
Because of its diverse recruitment base, COR puts a strong emphasis on providing new hires with the training, mentoring and professional development they will need to do their job.
"There are so many opportunities to learn and grow at COR," says White. "You are given training and course work right from the start, a lot of it provided by outside experts in the disabilities field. I truly believe I've learned as much through this training as I did in my university degree - that's how thorough it is."
White, who oversees a home supporting three individuals, values the strong relationships she has developed with them, as well as with her co-workers.
"Coming to work every day is fun and exciting," she says. "I'm surrounded by like-minded people who believe passionately in what they do. It helps create a positive atmosphere where the people we support know their needs and interests are being put first."