Community Involvement

2015 Project: CleanStart

May 28, 2015 – ASQ Vancouver is excited to announce that CleanStart, a social enterprise providing junk removal services, has been selected as the recipient of $10,000 of “in kind” consulting from our ASQ Members through our Community Good Works program, in conjunction with JDQ systems and the Social Enterprise Heroes event.

On May 27th, representatives of ASQ Vancouver attended the event, which had 3 enterprising non-profits vying for over $50,000 in cash and consulting services. They had 9 minutes to pitch their business to a panel of judges and to explain why they would benefit from the awards. It was exciting and heartwarming to hear about all of these enterprises in BC that are working every day to make our communities better.

In the end, it was CleanStart who were awarded the consulting hours from ASQ Vancouver! We are excited to announce that very soon, our members will get together to assist this enterprising non-profit using Lean principles, process improvement and various quality methodologies to help them bring their business to the next level and allow them to make an even greater impact in their local community.

We thank Jon Morris, long standing member of ASQ Vancouver and President of JDQ systems, for coordinating this opportunity.

We will start looking for ASQ Members who wish to be part of the Project Team in the near future but, if you are interested in taking on this challenge, please email Sara Farid, CGW Chair at cgw at asq.bc.ca. For more information about our previous community good works projects, check out our community involvement page.

About CleanStart

A social enterprise of the Simpson Community Development Society, CleanStart’s mission is to provide top quality professional junk removal services while also offering employment opportunities to people who have barriers to employment, such as poverty and disability. They hire, train, and support marginalized individuals, contributing to community economic development in the Downtown Eastside and other parts of Metro Vancouver.

About JDQ systems

Based in Vancouver, JDQ has provided assistance to many clients in diverse industries including telecommunications, aerospace, electronics, software development, chemicals, automotive and heavy equipment. The focus is always to help clients achieve measureable, sustainable business improvement. JDQ offers its unique capability to companies pursuing continual improvement.