Tuesdays at Ten: Inspector Steven Goodine
Ability First: The LPS also employs many civilians & there exists great opportunity in hiring people with various types of disabilities in these roles. How many civilians does the London Police Service currently employ? #Tuesat10
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Many diverse roles, mainly support staff for police operations such as Administrative Assistants, Automotive Technicians, Communications Operators, Financial Services, Family Consultants & the list goes on. #Tuesat10
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Being connected with people with intellectual and physical disabilities you quickly realize the only limits they have are ones we put on them. It's important to recognize their ability first rather than disabilities. It sounds cliché but it is absolutely true. #Tuesat10
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: We've had significant commitment to @SOOLondonCan for over 25 years & this opportunity was a natural extension. Special Olympics adds to the physical and emotional well being of the athletes and employment adds financial security as well as structure & responsibility to their lives. Employment enhances their lives but also adds value to LPS as meaningful work completed & work experience improved for all by social interactions. #Tuesat10
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: I was proud of our service for taking this step to provide opportunities to people with disabilities. I knew our service would embrace our new employees, ensure they succeed & are accepted as part of LPS family. #Tuesat10
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: I would hear things like, “That must take a lot of time to manage someone with a disability" or “How do they fit in to the work environment?” or “Can you really find work for them or is it a make work project?” #Tuesat10
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: I reinforced the positives & ensured people it was real work and the member was valued for their abilities. Most people don’t realize that after short time, member just fits in & you don’t even see the #disability. They do their work and they are one of the team. #Tuesat10
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: I have had injuries that have caused me to be accommodated for short periods of time but always knew I would return to full duties. I wanted to contribute in some meaningful way & not sit at home waiting to heal.#Tuesat10
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Having structure in my life and the social aspects of work were important to me so I can relate to the importance of work even though I had limitations. It's not direct comparison but did give me greater insight. #Tuesat10
Inspector Goodine, London Police Service: Success in life is about opportunity and as employers we can provide the chance for people with disabilities to use their skills and not only enhance their own lives but add to the lives of their co-workers. Providing employment to a person with a disability is very rewarding and shifts the focus from the bottom line to lifting someone to the top of their abilities. #Tuesat10
Ability First: For more information on @CommLivLondon's free employer resources visit: http://abilityfirst.ca/partners-employment/community-living-london & hire for ability first. Thank you for following along today everyone. We’ll see you back here on November 3, 2015 for our next #Tuesat10.
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