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Update! Dec. 2, 2013

6:00 pm in Library, ODEN News

There continues to be a lot going on with The Network. Here’s a short update: This Week: Monday, Nov. 25 Executive Director attends the Minister’s General Advisory Council on Social Assistance Reform – agenda includes discussions on adequacy of social assistance rates and accountability for ODSP recipients as it relates to participation in labour market […]

Joe Hoffer, Cohen Highley LLP Win Ability-First Champions Award

7:27 pm in Champions League, Library, ODEN News

Ontario Disability Employment Network’s Champions League inductee Joe Hoffer (far left), and his law firm Cohen Highley LLP, were the recipents of an Ability First Champions Award on November 1, 2013. The award celebrates and honours businesses for hiring and retaining employees with a disability.

Update! Oct. 28, 2013

5:24 pm in Library, ODEN News

There continues to be a lot going on with The Network. Here’s a short update. Monday, October 28th Joe Dale meets with the Minister’s Advisory Council on Social Assistance Reform. Also this week, The Network’s Government Relations Committee meets to continue its discussions about the Canada Jobs Grant. Don’t forget to to mark your calendar […]

Update! Oct. 22, 2013

8:45 pm in Government Issues, Library, ODEN News

The Government Relations Committee met last week and among the topics discussed were: the status of the ‘On-hold’ disability service providers under Employment Ontario; and, the Canada Jobs Grant status that could have a major impact on the Federal-Provincial Labour Market Agreements (LMA) and subsequently, employment services provided for people with disabilities. The Federal Throne […]

Update! Oct. 6, 2013

11:10 pm in Library, ODEN News

There’s a lot going on with The Network and we thought it would be beneficial to provide you with this short weekly update. All Week – The Network’s ED, Joe Dale, and Business Champion Mark Wafer are in BC this week. They are meeting with the B.C. government about improving employment outcomes for people with […]

Update! Sept. 29, 2013

7:25 pm in Library, ODEN News

Here’s something new! There’s a lot going on with The Network and we thought it might be beneficial to provide our followers with some short weekly updates. Tuesday, October 1st – the Network’s Executive Director, Joe Dale and Champion, Mark Wafer (above) give a keynote presentation to more than 500 delegates – store owners and […]

A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities – Blueprint for Governors

4:35 pm in Government Issues, Library, Report/Study

View “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities – Blueprint for Governors” as a pdf by clicking here.

2013 Provincial Budget Synopsis

2:05 pm in Government Issues, Library, ODEN News, Report/Study

2013 Provincial Budget Synopsis As it relates to enhancing employment opportunities for people who have a disability The ‘Up’ Side First of all, it should be seen as significant that employment for people with disabilities received the attention it did in the provincial budget. The spotlight, so to speak, is encouraging in that the importance […]

Joe Dale Presents To The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development

12:03 am in Government Issues, Library, ODEN News, Presentation, Report/Study

The following was presented to the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development on Thursday March 7, 2013 by the Executive Director of the Ontario Disability Employment Network, Joe Dale. (Click here to download a PDF version) Good morning. First and foremost, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to appear before […]

Ontario Disability Employment Network – 2012 Year in Review

2:24 pm in Champions League, Library, ODEN News

“Excellence is a Habit” 2011–2012 Review (Click here to view/download .pdf file) Aristotle once said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” “Excellence is a habit” is a good way to describe the work of the Ontario Disability Employment Network, as evidenced by its achievements in 2011‐12. […]

Congratulations to our latest Champions!

3:29 am in Champions League, Library, ODEN News

Congratulations to our latest Champions – Jamie and Scott Burton, Bradley S. Duncan M.O.M., Chief of Police, and Steve Sharpe!

Human rights victory for St. Catharines worker (St. Catherines Standard)

11:24 pm in Articles, Employer Resources, Library, Life Stories

Overturning its previous decision, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that paying an intellectually disabled St. Catharines woman $1.25 an hour was allegedly ongoing discrimination every time she received a paycheque. In what’s being called a precedent-setting ruling . . . (Click Here to Read the Full Story)

The New Green (The Economist)

11:21 pm in Articles, Employer Resources, Job Developer Resources, Job Seeker Resources, Library

The new green Business may find disability as important as environmentalism IF CHIEF executives won medals, Justin King of J. Sainsbury, a British supermarket chain, would be sporting a gold in the marketing marathon for his prescient decision to concentrate sponsorship on the Paralympics rather than the glitzier Olympics. The plaudits he and other companies […]

Whitby Rotarians awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (durhamregion.com)

4:25 pm in Articles, Library, ODEN News

Tuesday July 10, 2012 — Parvaneh Pessian Whitby Rotarians awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Award helps service club raise awareness about important cause WHITBY — Three members of the Rotary Club of Whitby have been honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for . . . (click here to read the full article)

Ontario Disability Employment Network Champions League member Mark Wafer nominated to national panel

3:29 am in Champions League, Government Issues, Library, ODEN News

Ontario Disability Employment Network Champions League member Mark Wafer was recently appointed to the National Panel on Disability and Employment. The panel consists of 5 members, with a mandate to look at best practices for people who have a disability in the labour market within the private sector.

Employment advocates receive Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals (communitylivingontario.ca)

7:57 pm in Articles, Champions League, Library, ODEN News

Joe Dale, Bob Vansickle, Cheryl Massa ‘making an important contribution to our society’ Wednesday June 20, 2012 — Natalie Hamilton Champions of meaningful employment for people who have a disability were among the Ontario residents honoured Monday evening with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals. Community Living Sarnia-Lambton supervisor of community employment options Bob Vansickle and Ontario […]

Submission to the Social Assistance Review Commission (Revised )

7:13 pm in Government Issues, Library, ODEN News, Report/Study

To view/download the full document in PDF format click here Introduction The Ontario Disability Employment Network (the Network) is a professional body of employment service providers that operate in Ontario. Our vision is that all people who have a disability in Ontario have access to the labour force and the ability to achieve meaningful employment. […]

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients

10:02 pm in Library, ODEN News

It is our absolute pleasure to announce that Joe Dale, Executive Director, Ontario Disability Employment Network and Bob Vansickle, Supervisor, Community Employment Options, Community Living Sarnia-Lambton and co-chair of the Ontario Disability Employment Network will be recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, for significant achievements and remarkable service. On June 18th, Lieutenant […]

This Tim Hortons franchisee hired 82 disabled workers (moneyville.ca)

8:01 pm in Articles, Champions League, Employer Resources, Job Developer Resources, Library, Life Stories, ODEN News

A follow up article by Alison Griffiths was recently published in response to Mark Wafer’s recent comments.  This is great material that also outlines the benefits to hiring workers who have a disability. Read “This Tim Hortons franchisee hired 82 disabled workers” here. Also related: Mark Wafer’s original response can be read here. Read the […]

Invitation to Participate in Consultations for People with Disabilities in Ontario via Cathexis Consulting

3:59 pm in Job Seeker Resources, Library

Want to share your thoughts and ideas about your quality of life of people with disabilities in Ontario?    There are two ways you can share your experiences: an online survey or joining an in-person meeting in Toronto (June 8th, 2012), Ottawa (June 14th, 2012), London (June 13th, 2012), Thunder Bay (June 11th, 2012), or Huntsville (June 6th, 2012). […]

Ontario Disability Employment Network reassesses its position . . . (Communiqué)

8:30 am in Government Issues, Library, ODEN News

Ontario Disability Employment Network reassesses its position on the best way to manage employment services for people who have a disability. London, Ontario, June 1, 2012 The Ontario Disability Employment Network (the Network) has reassessed its position with respect to which level and department of government is best positioned to manage employment services for people […]

Yes, it’s possible to save taxpayers millions while getting more people who have a disability into the workforce (Press Release)

12:34 pm in Employer Resources, Government Issues, Library, ODEN News

For Immediate Release  Yes, it’s possible to save taxpayers millions while getting more people who have a disability into the workforce  London, Ontario What is the greatest barrier to people who have a disability finding and retaining jobs? The ‘system’ itself, according to the Ontario Disability Employment Network. Ontario spends $3.3 billion a year on […]

Mark Wafer Responds to “Finding jobs for disabled Canadians”

8:38 pm in Articles, Champions League, Employer Resources, Government Issues, Library, Life Stories

Read the article by Alison Griffiths here Hello Alison. I read your article this morning.  I am a Tim Hortons franchise owner and an advocate for people with disabilities especially in the area of employment. Your daughter’s story is one I hear all the time. Having met Jim Flaherty a few times and discussed this […]

Community Living Ontario’s Community Inclusion Initiative Report . . .

8:05 pm in Education, Library, Report/Study

Community Living Ontario’s Community Inclusion Initiative Report on: The delivery of Education Services For Students Who Have an Intellectual Disability in the Province Of Ontario “This report is a snapshot of the special education service delivery for students who have an intellectual disability in the Province of Ontario. Its aim is to provide an overview […]

Question of the day: Should pay rates be based on productivity?

6:59 pm in Job Developer Resources, Library, ODEN News

If we were to set the current rate for your job as the benchmark or standard and then make adjustments based purely on productivity, what would happen? Take a good look in the mirror and ask yourself; “if it were strictly based on productivity, would my rate go up or down?” Come on now, be […]