November Member Meeting




Please join Whatcom Women in Business and meet Don Bayne, an Employment Consultant and Job Coach at Cascade Connections on November 28th.

Did you know that hiring people with disabilities brings diversity to the workplace, lowers turnover and training costs (93% are still on the job one year later), offers potential tax incentives, and eases concerns about labor supply for your business?  People with disabilities want to work and show what they can do to make your business successful. It’s ability – not disability – that counts. Learn how Cascade Connections promotes internships through unpaid assessments and working interviews. Are there some tasks at your business that don’t get done or completed? Our program may be able to help.

Work experience includes 10 years as a factory worker, 12 years working for a non-profit, and 20 years working in human services, the past 14 for Cascade Connections in the vocational department. he has also been self-employed as an antique store owner and a baseball card shop owner.

Author of two books, the first of which is about his profession –

” Job Coaching: The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love”  (2011)

The second is about his lifelong hobby and interest –

“Not Like the Rest of Us: The Best of Everything in Baseball.” (To be published in early 2018)

Besides working full time with people with disabilities, he have begun volunteering for the Interfaith Coalition in Bellingham. He goes to yard sales (another passion) and purchase books for homeless and low income children and winter coats for homeless and low income men, women, and children for the Winter Coat Drive.


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