Last week, we celebrated National AccessAbility Week, which runs from May 31-June 6. This week provides an opportunity for each of us to recognize the efforts of those who are actively removing barriers and ensuring people with disabilities have an equal chance to participate in all aspects of our society. For people with disabilities, barriers are a part of everyday life. While some barriers offer simpler solutions than others, there's one challenge that seems to remain for most people living with disabilities – and that's stigma. It's why Isaac Cabrera decided to join the ICBC Disability Inclusion Employee Resource Group (ERG). “I thought it was a great opportunity to influence the way we view people with disabilities. I want to help people become more aware and learn about different types of disabilities." As a wheelchair user, Isaac says it's not uncommon for people to make assumptions about him or his disability. Join us as we work together to create an inclusive environment that eliminates the stigma of living with visible and invisible disabilities.
Our Road Safety & Community Coordinator, Harvey Kooner, is a fundraising superstar. For the past 13 years, Harvey has organized toy drives and collected more than 40,000 toys for families in need. Harvey also works in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, organizing youth mentoring conferences, and volunteering on many United Way campaigns. So, it was no surprise that Harvey was recently named the recipient of United Way's 2019 Local Love award for individuals. Each year, this award recognizes an individual who exemplifies what it means to mobilize diverse stakeholders to improve our community. With Harvey's enthusiasm and leadership, ICBC employees raised $353,547 in the 2019 campaign, an increase of more than $15,000 over the previous year, and we saw a 36% pledge participation rate, which was a whopping 24% increase from 2018's rate!
National Volunteer Week may have been last week, but we are always grateful for our amazing community volunteers who work tirelessly to promote our Road Safety education and awareness campaigns. We appreciate each and every one of you, for your hard work and dedication in keeping our streets and neighbourhoods safe. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts! 🙏
This week is National Volunteer Recognition week (April 19 to 25), and we are encouraging our employees to support BC communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Blood Services has seen a spike in cancellations of blood donation appointments, due to COVID-19. The need for blood and blood products continues unabated for people like trauma victims and cancer treatment patients. Canadian Blood Services is asking people who are healthy and able, to help sustain their blood inventory. Our Road Safety Coordinator, Kate Woochuk, answered the call and visited the donor clinic in Maple Ridge. To learn more about how you can help, visit blood.ca to find a blood donor clinic near you.
As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is evolving, we want to assure you that we continue to take steps to ensure the health and safety of our employees, customers and partners. Our business continuity response teams are meeting daily to assess the situation and identify impacts to employees, customers and our business operations. As the situation evolves locally and the risk level changes, we will quickly act to implement additional protocols and provide those details. Please visit our website for updates on our business operations: http://ow.ly/RjMO50yQaXj
You're 5x more likely to crash when using a hand-held electronic device while driving. That's why our RCMP partners have joined forces with elementary school students across the Lower Mainland for the 'Think of Me' campaign. Students lend their artistic talents to raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving, while officers and police volunteers hand out the drawings to drivers to remind them to put their phones away while behind the wheel. #EyesFwdBC
We’ve been a proud partner of Operation Red Nose since it began in BC in 1996 and are thrilled to continue sponsoring it because community programs like this one help make our roads safer during the holidays. Operation Red Nose is in effect on Friday and Saturday nights from November 29 to December 21 and on New Year’s Eve. If, for any reason, you feel unfit to drive home, use the mobile app and a team of three Operation Red Nose volunteers will help get you home safely.
With the help of staff across the province, we kicked-off our 45th annual United Way Campaign. Each fall, ICBC employees gather in support of the United Way and contribute funds to create new opportunities for children, families and seniors in our local communities. Last year ICBC employees raised over $340K for #locallove initiatives
Telematics is a growing trend for insurers in jurisdictions around the world. We’re pleased to be partnering with Octo to continue our research to determine if this technology can help reduce crashes and improve driving behavior for less experienced drivers in BC. We're looking for new drivers to sign-up for this year-long Techpilot project. If you have less than 4 years of driving experience, you may be eligible to participate. Learn more and sign up at http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMlo9
We were very proud to win the ‘Workplace Diversity &amp; Inclusion Champion – BC Large Business’ award at the UnTapped Gala last week. The event was presented by Open Door Group, BC’s largest not-for-profit provider of employment services. The organization helps BC employers, like ICBC, connect with skilled candidates, many who come from non-traditional talent pools. Like Open Door Group, ICBC is committed to progressive development through diverse, inclusive and productive workforces; we are honoured to have been recognized for our achievements in this area. Learn more about Open Door Group here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQhS8