A-Way Express is a social enterprise that provides same-day courier service by public transportation for its many customers across the City of Toronto. A-Way differs from other courier services by having a double bottom-line: profit and employment. Not only is A-Way a steadily growing professional business but it also provides meaningful, flexible and permanent employment to people with direct experience of the mental health system.
As a gainfully employed member of the A-Way team our employees have the opportunity to gain a sense of purpose and self-determination, enhance their financial stability, and enjoy access to peer support and social networking opportunities that serve to promote recovery. In addition they are acquiring work-related skills, a work history and references.
In 1987 A-Way Express opened its doors having developed a business model that required it be operated by survivors of mental health challenges. The need was clear, as work opportunities in a supportive environment for survivors were missing from the business landscape. Having a self-determining structure allowed management to make the most appropriate decisions effecting fellow survivors and it has continued in this form to this day.
In 1987 A-Way Express opened its doors on June 1st with ten couriers, one Manager and four office staff. They had 30 customers. By 1992 A-Way had expanded to 45 couriers, seven office staff, a Manager, an Executive Director and 700 customers. Today, in 2014 we employ 65 people and have over 2000 customers.
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