Joe's Table Cafe

Joe's Table Cafe

October 02, 2013 15:48 ET

Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation to Recognize Joe's Table Cafe

Burnaby café selected for its inclusive employment practices

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 2, 2013) - Joe's Table will welcome Social Development and Social Innovation Minster Don McRae on October 4, 2013 during his tour of the Simon Fraser region (Burnaby East to Maple Ridge). The tour coincides with a $100,000 investment by Community Living BC to support a pilot project aimed at improving employment services that help adults with disabilities in the Upper Fraser region find and keep work. The minister will meet with local businesses and organizations with inclusive employment practices, including Joe's Table.

Founded by Drs. Peter and Stephanie Chung in honour of their late son Joseph, Joe's Table is a café that helps those with disabilities find meaningful employment. Serving up a range of beverages, sandwiches and treats, the café is run as a non-profit and employs a staff comprised of people with differing abilities. Since opening last spring, the café has been well-received by the community.

"Most of our customers come to Joe's Table for the good coffee, not knowing that we operate as a non-profit. When they learn about our mission and experience the intentionally inclusive environment we are striving for, they realize just how special Joe's Table is," said Dr. Peter Chung.

With the success of the Burnaby location, Dr. Chung sees the chance to develop Joe's Table and extend its mission into other communities.

"We are planning to open more cafes soon, furthering our impact and hopefully showing other companies and organizations that individuals with different abilities are able to contribute in meaningful and impactful ways," Dr. Chung added.

Earlier this year, CLBC launched a three-year Community Action Employment Plan with large scale regional pilot projects in the Central and Upper Vancouver Island, Thompson-Cariboo and Simon Fraser regions. These projects will create inclusive local employment strategies, establish regional job targets and develop best practices that can be applied across the province. The $100,000 funding for the region will support the development and implementation of a localized employment strategy.

"The regionally focused employment plans and dedicated funding that CLBC is providing will go a long way to better support adults with developmental disabilities who are looking to work, to help with youth transition planning, and to provide that extra support needed to ensure people are successful in their workplace," said Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation Don McRae.

The minister is set to speak at Joe's Table on October 4, 2013 at 12:00pm.

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