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RMA celebrates its disability-friendly work culture

In Canada, thousands of individuals with disabilities participate actively in the labour market and hold jobs that match their qualifications. Despite numerous positive stories and experiences, people with special needs are still much less likely than others to find employment.  

In order to help provide a welcoming, inclusive workplace for those with various disabilities, over 10 years ago Rocky Mountain Analytical’s (RMA) founders including Dr. George Gillson and Tracy Marsden, reached out to the Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research to connect with clients interested in joining RMA’s kit assembly team.

Today, RMA’s kitting team, fondly called “the kitting ladies,” includes 10-year veteran Wendy Hladik, Lillian Melse, Loraine Luterbach, Lorna Enzie, and Jenny Hamilton.  These team members work twice a week to help put together over 6,000 of RMA’s diagnostic testing kits per month, and remain valued members of the LifeLabs family.

“As a society, it’s important that people of all abilities can feel part of their community through employment,” says Iwona Szczepanski, Director, Laboratory Operations. “According to the Government of Canada, there are over 411,000 working-aged Canadians with disabilities who are not working, but whose disability does not prevent them from doing so. LifeLabs is committed to doing our part to contributing to an inclusive and equitable Canada.”

This last October, RMA was honoured as recipient of the Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) Employer Award in recognition of their inclusive work culture and diverse employees.

Established by the Calgary Employment First Network (CEFN) three years ago, DEAM is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October to promote employment inclusion for people with disabilities and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities.

“I am proud to accept this award on behalf of our valued Vecova team, who do not allow their challenges to inhibit their contributions as we work towards building a healthier Canada,” says Mark Macfarlane, Director, Business Development.We are so proud to have them as part of RMA.”

Thank you Wendy, Lillian, Loraine, Lorna, and Jenny for the great work you do at RMA!

To learn more about Rocky Mountain Analytical and LifeLabs, visit RMALab.com and LifeLabs.com