Changes Hair Salon gets provincial award nomination

Darrell Cole
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Company recognized for its commitment to accessibility

Changes Hair Salon was among 10 companies honoured by Lt. Gov. J.J. Grant on Monday.

Changes Hair Salon was among 10 companies honoured by Lt. Gov. J.J. Grant on Monday. Liz Cooke-Sumb of CANSA is shown with Brenda and Warren Chapman of Changes Hair Salon at the awards ceremony in Halifax.

AMHERST – An Amherst business that has made accessibility an integral part of its business has been honoured by Lt. Gov. J.J. Grant.

Changes Hair Salon, operated by Warren and Brenda Chapman, was a nominee for the Lieutenant Governor’s Persons With Disabilities Employer Partnership Award, won by Micco Companies of Halifax.

Nominated by the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Changes Hair Salon was one of the 10 regional nominees for the award presented annually by the lieutenant governor.

Over the past four years, the Chapmans have consistently enabled CANSA clients – particularly clients with disabilities – to access work employment opportunities.

The company has given clients the chance to learn and grow in an environment that respects their abilities.

The Chapmans hired one client in 2011 on a 100 per cent targeted wage subsidy for 16 weeks, continued the employment for another 12 weeks on a 30 per cent subsidy then hired the person full-time.

The individual has been responsible for the time sheets and work schedules for other CANSA clients placed with Changes for training and a gradual return to work.

In building accessibility into all aspects of their business, the Chapmans have ensured all staff members are sensitized to the needs of people with disabilities and are deeply committed to helping CANSA achieve its goal of full integration into the workforce for its clients.

Organizations: Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Chapmans, Micco Companies of Halifax

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