Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley
In 2010, Mayor Bradley was elected to his ninth term as the Mayor of Sarnia and has long been a supporter of hiring people who have a disability. A major point of his platform during his 2010 campaign included a commitment to fight for accessibility for people who have a disability.
Mayor Mike has advocated for City of Sarnia staff to hire people in permanent positions. He has also promoted the hiring of students who have a disability for summer jobs. This past summer, at a time when city council wanted to forego all summer student hiring, he was able to advocate to see that 9 students who have a disability were hired.
He has attended numerous meetings and events to promote the hiring of persons who have a disability in the private and municipal sectors including this conference, ‘Ability First,’ Chamber of Commerce sponsored events, and service provider sponsored activities. His brainchild ‘The Mayor’s Boat Cruise’ in his municipality has become an annual event to thank the county’s employers who hire people who have a disability.
In late January this year, in partnership with the Network’s Co-chair Bob Vansickle and Community Living Sarnia Lambton Mayor Bradley launched the much publicized dare to all mayors in Ontario – – “to do the right thing and take up the challenge of hiring people who have a disability” in their municipal workforces.
Since the initial challenge he has spent frequent evenings volunteering his time providing service providers from across Ontario with individual advice and support for the challenge. He also routinely calls mayors in support of service providers who need help to, ‘close the deal.’