Rob O'Shea

Paper shredder opening doors

At least two men with developmental disabilities will benefit from a new paper shredding business initiative.

Rob O’Shea and Joe Campbell are being trained to operate a commercial-grade paper shredder out of the Skyline Productions’ facility.

Skyline Productions Confidential Paper Shredding will employ a variety of Campbell River and District Association for Community Living clients – as long as there’s work.

“The business venture is need-driven,” said Maureen Brinson, supervisor of the association’s supported employment program. “The more customers, the more work.”

So far, they’re already off to a good start. A local travel agency has already approached Brinson with 18 years worth of boxes and folders full of old invoices.

Mayor Charlie Cornfield celebrated a grand opening of sorts for the business with a ribbon cutting Wednesday morning.

“Hopefully as the customer base grows for the paper shredding business, the number of employees will grow too,” said Cornfield. “Having a job is empowering, as is offering a valuable service to the citizens of Campbell River. The city is pleased and excited with the collaborative partnership between our Association for Community Living and Skyline Productions.”

The shredder was purchased thanks to a grant from the Vancouver Foundation.

Greg Hill, executive director of the Association for Community Living said the shredder gives clients the satisfaction of having a job and a source of income.

The shredding service is open to individuals and businesses that are looking for the sense of security that comes with destroying confidential documents because of the small shred size produced by the Model 16-150 shredder.

Privacy and confidentiality are key in the paper shredding business, so Skyline Productions Confidential Paper Shredding provides the option of locked storage boxes for customers’ paper. Paper can be picked up on a one-time-only basis, or weekly or monthly pick-up can be arranged

After being shredded, the strips of paper will be recycled.