FOCUS ABILITY

WorkAble Solutions

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About Us

 What Our Logo Stands For

 

A clear visual of “adding” (the solution!) employer with the right employee for success; as they stand side-by-side, arm-in-arm. A “fresh ideas” orange paired with a corporate grey… assertiveness and energy with true professionalism.  The grey shadow alludes to a “depth” of feeling and authentic "compassion” from the community for both the employer and the employee; it is also a warm arm wrapping around in genuine care.

 About Our Team

 

Pearl Hiemstra BA, CEO at Focus Ability WorkAble Solutions.  Pearl Hiemstra has owned and operated her own business, Pearl Solutions for over 17 years. Pearl has completed her ESS (Employment Support Specialty) through Douglas College.  Pearl was born and raised in Kelowna BC. Pearl has an extensive technology and business management history before starting Focus Ability in 2015.  Pearl is very resourceful, decisive, optimistic, and a results-driven individual with a wide range of experience.  Pearl and Dan have raised two boys (one with high functioning autism who has just been accepted into Centre for Arts & Technology program in Kelowna).

 

 

Dan Hiemstra MA, Instructor at Okanagan College. Dan Hiemstra has been an educator for 20 years both in private high schools from 1993-2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia and in Okanagan College from 2009-2015 in Salmon Arm and Vernon, BC. He has been a member of the Teacher Regulation Branch since 1993, and he is currently an instructor at Okanagan College, Vernon Campus teaching English upgrading courses for adults.   Dan obtained his Master’s degree in Work, Organization, and Leadership in 2009 where he learned the methods of transformative education; a learning style which encourages alternative methods for curriculum, critical thinking through learning, and practice with experiential education.  Dan has worked with many people with diverse cognitive abilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit-Hyperactive Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and Epilepsy.  Dan’s future goals are to integrate ideas such as critical thinking, social skill development, and work experience learning in order to help adults with developing abilities find appropriate and meaningful work.

 

 

Katherine Paxton, Certified Canadian Cousellor,  Katherine is a counsellor in private practice, who specializes in working with people who have an autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disability, or special need, and/or their families. She has focused her career on supporting people who are on the autism spectrum, including those with multiple disabilities, dual diagnosis, and other special needs.  Katherine has supported people with special needs in many different aspects, from front-line support and vocational support to behavioural consultation and, at present, counselling.    Katherine wrote “Counselling People on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Manual” as a way to address the lack of helpful information around supporting the emotional needs of adults and children who have an autism spectrum disorder. Her book won the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s Counselling Book of the Year Award for 2010. 

 

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 We have had many questions about the status of Focus Ability WorkAble Solutions as a company.  Focus Ability is currently in the application stages of being incorporated as a COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION COMPANY (C3)  We work with many partners such as Inclusion BC, Ready Willing and Able, CLBC, WorkBC, Autism BC, and other non-profit organizations who recognize this newest method of running a community conscious business that helps others in need.  Currently there is no funding for Focus Ability to be sustainable as a non-profit organization. Pearl and Dan are the sole investors in an effort to make a difference for those who really need the support.  Click Here for more information on C3 companies.  Contact Us if you are a potential investor in making a difference for those in need.