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ODEN Excited to Announce Addition of Lisa Bondy to the Team

We are thrilled to announce Lisa Bondy has joined the Ontario Disability Employment Network and its Centre for Excellence team as our Communications Strategist. Lisa has won awards on behalf of her clients in both the nonprofit and business sectors, and she brings her in-depth knowledge and unique skill set to ODEN as a consultant for the next three months.  

Lisa looks forward to continuing and expanding her focus in the area of employment for persons with disabilities with ODEN. She has worked with the Ability First Coalition in furthering their mandate of “Business professionals motivating and supporting employers to hire and retain persons with disabilities” and continues to be involved with the StopGap Foundation, a groundbreaking national accessibility initiative.

During the past year, Lisa has also served as a member of The Conference Board of Canada’s Making Ontario’s Workplaces Accessible Advisory Committee, as well as the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association’s Accessibility Smart Business Project Advisory Committee.

In her role as Communications Strategist with ODEN, Lisa will be coordinating this October’s Disability Employment Awareness Month. If you are interested in being part of the Steering Committee or participating in local initiatives, please contact Lisa at lbondy@odenetwork.com.

Lisa Bondy

Lisa Bondy, ODEN Communications Strategist

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ODEN Centre for Excellence Welcomes Bob Vansickle to the Team

The Ontario Disability Employment Network is excited to announce the newest member of the Centre for Excellence team – Bob Vansickle.  Thanks to Community Living Sarnia, the Centre has seconded Bob for the duration of the EMF pilot, until March, 2017. Bob will join the team taking on the role of Training Coordinator.

Bob has worked in the field assisting persons with a disability to find employment for more than twenty years in his role as the Manager of Employment Options at Community Living Sarnia-Lambton.  He has been a speaker at numerous provincial and national conferences.  In addition to supporting many companies to successfully onboard candidates who have a disability, Bob has worked closely with many business owners to provide accessibility training and consulting.

In addition to operating cutting edge employment services including; JobStart pre-employment workshops and the largest youth employment program in Ontario, Bob is also a founding member and the Past Chair of the Board of the Ontario Disability Employment Network.

In 2012 Bob was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant achievement and remarkable service for his work in promoting workforce inclusion for persons with a disability.  In September of 2014, the Province of Ontario awarded Bob the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Volunteer Award.

In January of 2016 he was recognized and entered into Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley’s ‘Mayor’s Honour List’ which stated: “Bob is a tireless advocate for the disabled and intellectually challenged across Ontario.  Through his work Bob has put together the biggest summer job program in Ontario enabling persons with disabilities to find employment.  Bob is the architect of the Mayor’s Challenge which encourages municipalities to hire persons with disabilities.  Bob’s dedication in assisting those with disabilities goes way beyond what is asked of him in his role as a Manager at Community Living Sarnia-Lambton and for this Sarnia is a better community.”

We’re thrilled to add Bob Vansickle to our team. Contact Bob today and see how he can share his expertise with your organization.  bvansickle@odenetwork.com

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