Webinar: Work Integration Social Enterprises – Developing Innovative and Effective Employment Opportunities

Date
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Access
Open to the Public
Presenter
Drs. R Lysaght & T Krupa
Organization
BC PSR Advanced Practice
Location
Webinar

Work Integration Social Enterprises – Developing Innovative and Effective Employment Opportunities
Presenters: Drs. Rosemary Lysaght & Terry Krupa


Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE) are businesses  created with the goal of improving work engagement for marginalized or socially disadvantaged populations. As real business entities that supply goods and services in the local marketplace, these businesses provide opportunity for skill enhancement, increased income, and opportunity for social contact and contribution, while meeting employment standards. For people with mental illnesses and/or addictions they can create an alternative path to labour market participation. This webinar will provide an overview of: 1)  the philosophy underlying WISEs; 2)  various approaches to social enterprise in this sector; 3) challenges to the growth, sustainability and acceptance of WISEs; 4) the state of the evidence supporting WISE and; 5) how this strategy can best contribute to creating meaningful employment options that promote health and social integration.

Session Objectives:

Participants will be able to

1. Describe a rationale for WISE as part of a spectrum of employment options
2. Identify a range of models for the creation and operation of WISEs.
3. Identify best practices in creating WISEs that promote health and social integration

Terry Krupa is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University, and Chair of Research & Post-Professional Programs. She holds cross-appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the School of Nursing.  Her scholarly interests focus on approaches to enable the full community participation and activity health of people who experience significant disability. She has a particular focus on employment-related initiatives and mental health related disabilities.  

Rosemary Lysaght is an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and Chair of the Occupational Therapy program. Her professional expertise is in the areas of work rehabilitation, assistive technologies, community mobility, and program evaluation. Her primary research focuses are work participation and social inclusion of people in marginalized groups.  

The BC PSR Advanced Practice is pleased to offer a webinar that explores current and emerging literature and best practices surrounding Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE). Work Integration Social Enterprises are businesses created with the goal of improving work engagement for marginalized or socially disadvantaged populations.