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Are You Renovation Ready? Part 1: Planning Your Project

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Every home or building owner knows that renovations are a necessity for their building over the course of time. Items wear out, the purpose of rooms change, or the needs of the people using the space have adjusted. Renovations can replace items at the end of their lifespan, rejuvenate […]
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Yep I do!

By Lisa Malowany, SARC Program Manager and Trainer If you asked Maggie Zacharias, “Do you want the people who support you to go home safe from work?” or “Do you like helping Train staff to be safe?” her answer is an enthusiastic, “Yep, I do!” Let us tell you about Maggie and how she has […]
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Celebrate DEAM!

By Joy McKinnon, SETI Coorindator For the past 8 years, SARC has been celebrating October as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM).  October is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning for DEAM!  Last year we noticed a huge increase in the number of organizations engaging in DEAM, but think we can do […]
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5 Free Ways to Market Your Job Posting

Filling a position with the perfect candidate isn’t always the easiest task: how to locate the right candidate and ensure that they have the right qualifications, experience, and attitude to fit your organization’s needs can feel daunting. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top five ways that your organization can market your job […]
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CLASI - Beyond the 9-5

Upon entering CLASI’s new space in Saskatoon, I am immediately greeted by many smiling faces, a bright atmosphere, and a clearly fun environment. In one corner, there’s a karaoke machine set up, displaying bright, alternating lights; along one wall is a collection of games, supplies for colouring, and various activities that will keep the frequent […]
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National AccessAbility Week - May 26 - June 1

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner The Government of Canada has declared the last week in May (May 26 – June 1) as National AccessAbility Week. The goal is to promote accessibility and inclusion across our country through our communities. Accessibility and inclusion are important topics in the Disability Services sector and creating more accessible spaces […]
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ELEVATE - A Manitoba Perspective

By Kari Boudreau, SARC Education & Training Assistant When Abilities Manitoba’s Board of Directors and their Executive Director, Margo Powell, chose to enroll in SARC’s ELEVATE program, they understood that they would be supplementing their current knowledge and gaining more awareness of their governance role. ELEVATE is a prgram that is specifically designed for nonprofit […]
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Fire Inspection Documentation

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Did You Know?: Group home, group living homes, and approved private service home operators are required to renew their licensing agreement with the Ministry of Social Services annually. These licensing agreements, as outlined in the Residential-services Facilities Regulations, requires a letter of approval from the local assistant to the Fire […]
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Fire Safety Is Life Safety

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner There has been a lot of talk in the sector recently about fire safety, and here’s why: On January 1st, 2018 Saskatchewan adopted National Building Code (NBC) 2015 and National Fire Code (NFC) 2015 into law. The changes to fire safety and fire sprinklers requirements affect group homes throughout […]
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New Building Creates New Opportunities at Multiworks

By Nicole Linzmeyer, SARC Communications Officer In celebration of SARC’s 50th Anniversary, we are highlighting Members that are approaching client needs in unique ways. SARC Members have accomplished some amazing things for Saskatchewan communities over the last fifty years; looking ahead into the next fifty, we know there are many more achievements to be made! Last […]
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How Managers Can Avoid Interview Biases

By Leanne Zacharias, SARC HR Consultant We all have biases. Biases are conscious or unconscious tendencies, assumptions, and judgments that we have based on our experiences.  These are sometimes called prejudices.  In recruitment, biases can affect how the interviewers rate the candidates. Leaders need to be aware of biases to ensure they are avoiding discrimination […]
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What Makes a Bathroom Accessible?

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner One of the most common inquiries I receive from Members is – how do I make our bathrooms more accessible? Often an accessible bathroom is a deciding factor whether a resident can be supported in a home or not. In this article, I will review some ideas that have […]
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Meet the 2018 SARC Awards Recipients

By Nicole Linzmeyer, SARC Communications Officer This summer, we headed out on our summer road trip to meet and capture the stories of this year’s SARC Awards recipients!  This was our first time filming for the new awards categories and it was exciting to be out in so many different Saskatchewan communities, with so many […]
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Sustainable Independent Living with BRIDGE at HELP HOMES

By Nicole Linzmeyer, SARC Communications Officer In celebration of SARC’s 50th Anniversary, we are highlighting Member Agencies that are approaching client needs in unique ways. SARC Members have accomplished some amazing things for Saskatchewan communities over the last fifty years; looking ahead into the next fifty, we know there are many more achievements to be made! […]
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How to Add Training to Your Recruitment & Retention Strategy

By Leanne Zacharias, SARC HR Consultant Many factors influence an employee’s decision to start and continue employment at a specific organization.  One reason that employers often underestimate amidst talk of compensation, benefits, and vacation time, is training and development.  The effects of effective training and development has the potential to increase the recruitment and retention […]
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The SARCAN Story - Crushing It Since 1988

By Sydney Smith, SARCAN Communications Officer SARC is celebrating 50 years throughout 2018, but did you know that SARCAN Recycling is also celebrating its 30th Anniversary throughout the month of July? We thought we would share a little bit about the SARCAN story and how it all began 30 years ago! SARCAN – the recycling division […]
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Getting Learning to Stick

By Ashley Topuschak, SARC HR Consultant Increasingly organizations are investing money in training and professional development for their employees. This has value for many reasons. Organizations need to ensure their employees are staying current and maintaining or developing skills that align with strategic directions and plans. Employees typically place a high value on access to training and development […]
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Ramp Up Your Safety With a Slip Resistant Surface

By Don Epp, SARC Facility Planner Wheelchair ramp safety is an important concern for many organizations. The risk of slipping while traveling on a wheelchair ramp can be high if you have not taken any precautions. Rain in the summer and the buildup of snow and ice in the winter can make travelling on wheelchair […]
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