ISSofBC receives sixth Great Place to Work® award


The Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) has been recognized once again as one of this year’s Best Workplaces in Canada, joining 49 other companies nationwide that made it to this year’s list in the medium company size category.

This is ISSofBC’s sixth such award, and the fourth in a row since 2010. The first two awards were received in 2007 and 2009. This year’s list, and related stories, appeared in a special national report published in The Globe and Mail’s April 10, 2013 issue.

ISSofBC was one of eight BC-based organizations, and one of only three social services organizations nationwide, to make it to this year’s list. “Leaders in these [awardee] organizations used a strategy that recognized the value of strong people practices and nurtured a high-trust working environment,” reported The Globe and Mail.

“This award is a testament to the amazing capacity of ISSofBC staff to uphold the values and work ethic of the organization despite what seems to be relentless change, much uncertainty and increasing professional demands,” said Patricia Woroch, ISSofBC’s CEO, in a message to staff. “I continue to see staff going the extra mile to support each other, to care for clients and to meet goals and objectives, all the while maintaining a wonderfully positive attitude.”

The list of “Best Workplaces in Canada” is compiled annually by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. The competition process is based on two criteria: two-thirds of the total score comes from a 58-statement survey completed by a random selection of employees, along with their open-ended comments about their organization; the remaining one-third of the score comes from an in-depth review of the organization’s culture, including an evaluation of HR policies and procedures. Together, these provide crucial data relative to the five trust-building dimensions of a great place to work®: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie.

Over 300 nominations were received and over 57,000 employees participated in this year’s “Best Workplaces in Canada” survey.

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