Krista Bissett, Connect Employment Services

Krista is the CEO of Connect Employment Services, a community-based organization supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to pursue their employment goals in the community. She has been with the organization for over 25 years, having held a variety of positions from frontline to management, to her role as Chief Executive Officer. Krista has been in her current role for approximately 17 years. Krista’s academic background is in Family Studies obtained from the University of Manitoba and she has comprehensive knowledge about supported employment and disability supports. She strongly believes that all adults deserve the opportunity to live and work in the community where they are respected and rewarded for their efforts, skills and accomplishments.

Lori Watson Sewell, Connect Employment Services

Lori has worked in the supported employment field for 22 years, assisting job seekers with intellectual disabilities to achieve their employment goals. She oversees marketing and employment services for Connect Employment Services and leads the agency’s job development team in facilitating successful business partnerships in the community. She has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and has extensive training and experience in job training, relationship-management, negotiations and developing accommodations. Lori is committed to developing mutually beneficial employment relationships between businesses and people with disabilities, by respecting and supporting the needs and interests of both parties.

Session: Employment Panel – The Road to Quality Employment is Paved with Good Relationships
Employment plays a critical role in our lives, the impact of which exceeds beyond the obvious economic benefits. Good quality relationships influence our successes in life and the same holds true for people with disabilities, in this case in regards to their employment successes. We will examine the correlations between building mutually respectful beneficial relationships and successful employment outcomes amongst job seekers, support professionals and employers. Hear from a panel of employers, employees with disabilities, and supporters, their lived experiences with negotiating the world of work.