Many leading Ontario businesses have seen enhanced business performance through diverse and innovative employment practices that include employees with disabilities. When we encounter such Champions, it is important to recognize them for their efforts.
ODEN has created the Champions League to both recognize these leaders and to create a comradery and collegiality among them, providing support both to each other and to ODEN in its efforts to promote inclusive hiring practices.
These champions are also committed to supporting other businesses that are motivated to engage people with disabilities in their business. They will each share their experiences and journey with any business owner/operator who is interested.
Each year our Business Champions are nominated based on criteria and by being nominated by their peers. The 2017 Nominations are due September 8th, 2017 by 4:00pm. At our annual Rethinking Disability Conference (RDC) new Business Champions are announced.
Our 2016 Inducted Business Champions are Sean Callaghan and Terry Vos.
Sean Callaghan is a leader among his colleagues actively promoting the benefits of hiring individuals who have a disability.
He has been hiring people who have a disability for 10 years and currently, 1 in 4 of Sean’s employees have a disclosed disability. Sean has also been directly responsible for the placement and hiring of approximately 20 additional candidates to work within various Sodexo locations across the GTA.
Sean is a very motivated and passionate individual always promoting the inclusion of individuals who have a disability in the workforce.
Terry Vos has been hiring people who have a disability for over 20 years at Vos’ Independent Grocers. Throughout the years, Terry has hired over 25 people who have a disability in various roles. Terry is a very strong advocate and educator, promoting the hiring of people who have a disability through all facets of his life including his Rotary Club, Community Living Oshawa-Clarington and various community events.
- Why Vos’ Independent Port Perry gives back to the Durham Region community
- Dr. Helena Jaczek tours Port Perry’s Vos’ Independent as web-based employment centre planned for workers with disabilities
2012 Business Champions Inductees
2011 Business Champions Inductees
2010 Business Champions Inductees