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WINNIPEG - The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) has again been chosen among 50 organizations across Canada in this year's Canada's Best Diversity Employers competition.

The WCB was recognized as a leading organization that has developed a wide range of initiatives, including programs for: women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal peoples.

“The WCB strives to have our workforce reflect the cultural makeup of the province we serve,” says Katherine Wyrostok, Director of Human Resources.  “We support diversity through a number of ongoing projects, such as holding cultural awareness workshops, a Diversity Committee, and having a dedicated Diversity Specialist on staff.”

The WCB has undertaken a number of measures that support the goal of having an open-minded and diverse workforce.  This includes having established a diversity committee who meet regularly to discuss non-discriminatory employment practices and develop recruitment strategies to attract applicants from all walks of life.

The WCB participates in a variety of career fairs such as the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Job Fair, Afro-Caribbean Recruitment Fair, Connecting with Immigrant Workforce, and Ability Axis Employment Expo.

“This award is an endorsement of the WCB’s diversity initiatives, and the steps we have taken, and continue to take, to become a community leader,” says Winston Maharaj, President and CEO.  “Supporting a diverse environment at the WCB compliments our vision and supports the WCB’s goal of providing a safe, healthy, respectful and diverse workplace.”

The Globe and Mail published a special editorial section announcing the winners in today's edition, and includes an extensive background on each of this year's winners.

For further information contact:

Darlene Muise
Manager, Communications – WCB and SAFE Work Manitoba


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