Focus Ability Community Contribution Company

WorkAble Solutions

About Us

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 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 arms wrapping around in genuine care.  

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 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 extensive technology and business management history before starting Focus Ability in 2015.  Pearl is a 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).

 

 

Dan Hiemstra MA, Instructor for Correctional Services of Canada. Dan Hiemstra has been an educator for 25 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 for Correctional Services of Canada at Kent Correctional Institution in Agassiz, BC.  Dan obtained his Master’s degree in Work, Organization, and Leadership in 2009 where he learned the methods of transformative education; a learning style that 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 Counsellor,  Katherine is a counselor in private practice, who specializes in working with people who have an autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disability, or special needs, 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 behavioral consultation and, at present, counseling.    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. 

 

 

 Dana Bradbury-Stepan, Administration Assistant. Dana graduated in 2010 from Central Dehart School with a Dogwood, and has since then attended several college courses, including an Administration Assistant program, Nail Technology program, and nearly finished an Esthetics program before a physical disability removed her from it. She has since worked towards gaining skills in the Administration field, and uses her artwork, sewing and photography skills to better the world around her. In 2020, she was hired on part-time at Gallery Vertigo (located in Vernon, BC) as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the director, and remained a volunteer there once her term was finished. She has recently been hired to illustrate a children’s book, and is very much looking forward to its completion. She finds that she enjoys working one-on-one with the author.  For the month of October 2021, her artwork is featured in at Gallery Vertigo! Her artwork has been shown there regularly for the past three years.

 

Nathan Glasser, Events Associate, Business Writer, and Artist. Nathan graduated from Salmon Arm Secondary School in 2003 in the Shuswap area of BC. He has completed some college certificates, and he may pursue further education in the future if funds become available. His writing and artistic skills are mostly self-taught. Nathan took part in the Focus Ability Community Contribution Company (FACCC) assessment and training Employment Program in 2017. He also worked for Apple Auto Glass from 2018-2019, and continued to receive Job Coaching through FACCC. Although Nathan has worked in different jobs over the years, he has found that he is often underemployed for his skill level. He finds his artwork a form of therapy; due to Covid19, he hasn’t been doing as much art due to a lack of space but still does some. Some famous people in Vancouver and Salmon Arm have purchased his artwork. You can find it on the walls of the Innovation Centre in Salmon Arm, BC. He has also had many local art shows in the community library.

 

 

Sean Stevens, Sales and Technical Associate at Focus Ability Community Contribution Company. Sean helps us with assessing and testing software, managing the company website, and anything else tech-related that is required of him. Sean works and lives in the Shuswap area of BC. He graduated high school in 2017 and has worked in restaurant take-out for three years. He completed the Focus Ability Employment Training Program in January 2021. Sean is interested in job shadowing and work experience to explore different career options. Sean is looking forward to post-secondary supports once he has decided on a career path.

 

 

 

 

 

We are looking for Volunteers.  If you have a passion for helping others with Autism or Uneven Cognitive Abilities to be independent in life, then please contact us to see how we can connect to make your skills a great match for the growth of our company.  We couldn't do all the good work we do without the wonderful volunteers we have had in the past!!

We have had many questions about the status of Focus Ability WorkAble Solutions as a company.  Focus Ability is incorporated as a COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION COMPANY (C3)  as of May 14, 2019. We work with many partners such as Inclusion BC, Ready Willing and Able, CLBC, WorkBC, Autism BC, and other non-profit organizations that recognize this newest method of running a community-conscious (social enterprise) 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.