ConnecTra’s Employment Mentorship Support Project is being offered to persons with physical disabilities who have expressed a desire to work or wish to move towards employment through volunteering, training and/or education.

Involvement in the program is for a period of eight months. During this time, participants are matched with a volunteer mentor – someone from the community who offers employment experience. The mentor will help participants set short-term, attainable goals aimed at preparation for employment and increased community involvement. Participants are asked to meet with their mentor weekly to work towards achieving the goals. Each pair will be supported by one of our six community connectors.

If you have any questions about the program component, CLICK HERE to contact the Program Coordinator at ConnecTra.

While the program is running, our research partners at UBC will be evaluating the program to make sure it offers the best possible employment support for people with disabilities. As part of the research, there will be four to five different time points when participants are required to complete and submit questionnaires. Some, but not all, participants will also be asked to participate in two interviews about their experiences in the EMSP. All participants who complete all of the study components will receive a small token of appreciation.

If you have any questions about the research component, CLICK HERE to contact the Research Manager at UBC.

The implications of this work are not only to be used to assist with gainful employment but also to lobby for structural and policy changes to PWD benefits and employment barriers for people with disabilities.


Who we are:

  • Project Participants

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    People with physical disabilities who want to be more active and engaged. They are unemployed or under-employed. Participants will be people who currently receive disability benefits or supports, have a working grasp of English (we have no ESL facilities), live in the areas covered by the program (North Shore, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Tri-Cities and Surrey) and have not recently completed an employment intervention that involved being matched to a volunteer mentor.

    Does this sound like you? We need to hear from you!

    Contact us right away. We will match you with a volunteer for an eight-month supported job search, after which you will receive a $125 stipend.

  • Volunteer Mentors

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    Caring individuals who offer time and support to Project Participants. They inspire, inform and engage!

    We are always looking for new volunteers, and, if you have something to offer we would love to hear from you. We have a separate page outlining the Volunteer Mentor requirements (and the training and support we provide), but in short, we are looking for people with a knowledge of employment options and training possibilities combined with a desire to help others.

  • Community Connectors

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    Motivated individuals who recruit Volunteer Mentors and Program Participants, handle reams of paperwork and oversee day-to-day program operations.

    We introduce our Community Connectors on a separate page.

  • ConnecTra Staff

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    ConnecTra Program Coordinator Steve Street will be overseeing the project, aided by Program Assistant David Parke. Contact Steve with any question about the process.

  • UBC Researchers

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    The School of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will be analyzing the data and handing over a completed report at the end of the project.