For immediate release
July 8, 2010
Kwantlen Polytechnic University recognized as 2010 Progressive Employer of Canada
(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Kwantlen Polytechnic University was named a 2010 Progressive Employer of Canada, among a select group of “mom-friendly” employers by Connect Moms, momcafé and Lisa Martin International which initiated the annual Progressive Employers of Canada List, after conducting a nationwide survey in November 2008 to determine what women, and moms in particular, who are traditionally underrepresented in the workforce, were looking for in a workplace of choice.
“That Kwantlen has been selected as one of 2010 Progressive Employers of Canada demonstrates the university’s continuing emphasis on members of its community and creating a working environment supportive of its faculty, staff and employees,” said David Atkinson, Kwantlen president and vice-chancellor.
Kwantlen is the only Canadian post-secondary institution to be named on the list this year. Kwantlen was recognized for its generous maternity benefits package as well as having the flexibility to accommodate employee leave of absences. The university also makes accommodations for faculty, staff and employees to move from full-time status to part-time as their parenting responsibilities demand.
“Kwantlen Polytechnic University is very pleased to be nominated and recognized as one of Canada’s 2010 Progressive Employers,” remarked Deborah Harkin, vice-president of human resources services at Kwantlen. “This acknowledgement, coupled with the recognition as one of B.C.’s 2010 Top Employers and one of Canada’s 2010 Greenest Employers for 2010 clearly demonstrates Kwantlen’s commitment to be a workplace of choice for our communities of the Fraser region of British Columbia.”
The purpose of the Progressive Employers of Canada List is to encourage organizations to consider the value they offer employees in innovative ways and to share this information with a network of savvy, educated, professional moms.
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