Weymouth firm recognized with Lieutenant-Governor’s award

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By Karla Kelly

Lewis Mouldings of Weymouth has been presented with the Lieutenant-Governor's Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Award in recognition of its championing persons with disabilities in the workplace.

“We have integrated these employees in all areas of the plant’s production and have found that their disabilities don’t limit them,” says Laurie Wheatley, human resources and sales administrator at Lewis Mouldings

 The local business was one of 10 employers in the province to receive the regional award at the 6th annual Symposium on Inclusive Employment and Education in Halifax on Dec. 2.

Employment Opportunities Partnership of Digby, an agency under the umbrella of the Collaborative Partnership Network that assists persons with disabilities or barriers to employment, nominated Lewis Mouldings for the award.

The Employment Opportunities Partnership works to create and maintain employment partnerships between persons with disabilities and employers and through the network people can gain access to training, resources and job referrals.

Debbie Cook, Digby’s EOP executive director, said her staff has been working closely with Wheatley over the past four years to provide employment opportunities for clients in the area.

Wheatley, who accepted the award on behalf of Lewis Mouldings, expressed her appreciation of the award and its acknowledgement of the company and the community.

We have integrated these employees in all areas of the plant’s production and have found that their disabilities don’t limit them Laurie Wheatley of Lewis Mouldings

 “The Digby office works to find a good job match and their efforts have worked out well for us in the four years we have been involved with the EOP,” she said Wheatley.

The Lewis Mouldings official said it is difficult to maintain any business venture but more so in rural Nova Scotia.

“You have less population to choose from for employment but when it comes down to it, the hardest thing is to find staff willing to commit long term. They (EOP) have been able to help us find staff with a good work ethic in spite of their limitations.”

Lewis Mouldings, a family-owned business since 1947, knows the value of great employees, and sees them as a rich resource, says Wheatley.

She adds that the company has found subtle, non-judgmental ways to challenge employees, including those with disabilities, to demonstrate to them that their abilities are greater than they realize.

At the Halifax awards presentation, Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant commended all employers recognized for their commitment to building a more inclusive society for Nova Scotia citizens.


Organizations: Employment Opportunities Partnership, Collaborative Partnership Network, The Lewis Mouldings

Geographic location: Weymouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • Joan Macdonald
    December 16, 2013 - 14:03

    Wow... what an outstanding accomplishment to receive such an award.. well deserved. Congratulations. Bill and Joan Macdonald

  • Joan Carr
    December 15, 2013 - 08:21

    Congratulations to you all Laurie! Well done!