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PACE is a workers' coop that operates using a social enterprise model; it’s a for-profit business that exists to fulfill its social and environmental mandates of creating employment opportunities for people living with barriers, through recycling programs.

 

These programs include electronic waste collection and sorting, rebuilds/refurbishment of donated computer equipment to sell for affordable prices, mattress disassembly, litter pickup, park ambassadors, and providing labour for construction waste sorting.

 

 We have a low-barrier hiring policy -- we don’t require resumes, references or previous work experience. The only requirement is being ready, willing and able to work. We offer our workers flexible, part-time scheduling that meets their needs, a supportive work environment, and we often use a job share approach. Our workers are most often referred to us by community organizations and government agencies such as Customized Employment at WorkBC, Neil Squire Society, PDSCL and Interior Heath.

The collective experience and the needs of the workers help guide the direction of PACE, and fosters an environment of support and understanding between all staff. Everyone needs a purpose and stability in life and PACE helps to provide that through employment opportunities to those who need it the most