Update! Feb. 26, 2014

The Network has just wrapped up a round of employer engagement events, sponsored by Service Canada, here’s a short summary of the results:

Employer Engagement Sessions – Highlights

• 9 immediate hires
• 35 firm job leads being followed up by local service agencies
• 499 employers now better educated about the opportunity to include people with disabilities in their workplaces
• 4 local Mayors, 1 MPP and 3 municipal counsellors present, each making a commitment to develop programs to include people with disabilities in their municipal workforce
• 1 Boston Pizza franchisee who has hired 2 people and already arranged for a presentation at Boston Pizza Corporate Franchise owner’s meetings in March 2014
• St. Catharines was with a collective of Rotary clubs. They are looking at tackling the issue through Rotary clubs in the Hamilton-Niagara region from Hamilton to Niagara Falls, Welland, Fort Erie, etc.
• Local newspaper coverage in Chatham, North Bay, Oakville & Fergus
• Radio interviews in Fergus
• Filmed in Fergus for shows airing on Cogeco TV in the Guelph/Fergus/Elora area
• Oakville event filmed by CBC television for an upcoming edition of ‘The National

Executive Director, Joe Dale and Champion, Mark Wafer took last week to experience an early spring in the Greater Vancouver area. The major Rotary districts in BC are launching the Rotary at Work initiative throughout the province with Joe and Mark’s assistance. They also incorporated several employer engagement sessions while they were there. At the same time, Joe did a full day’s training program for employment service providers in the Surrey/Langley area and Mark did a speaking engagement with the Kelowna District School Board.

Joe and Mark kicked this week off with a Rotary at Work presentation to the Rotary Club of Markham on Monday night.

Be sure to catch The National on CBC television tonight at 9 p.m. & 11 p.m. ET/PT or online using the CBC Video Player where there will be a feature presentation on employment for people who have a disability.

Thursday Joe will update DREN members on the Network’s efforts and Friday, he ventures into Queen’s Park for a meeting of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Social Assistance Reform, followed by meetings with ISAC (Income Support Advocacy Centre) and the new MCSS Developmental Services Branch Director, Barb Simmons.

As usual, working hard for people with a disability and our members.

Joe Dale
Executive Director



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