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Ability & EnterpriseCCRW Logo2 2
Leading the way for Inclusive Employment
April 11, 2012
Flowering bushes
The Road to Success

In This Issue:
  • Welcome to our newest members!
  • WORKink®
  • Testimonial from a CCRW graduate
  • Nutrition Check comes to WESP

Welcome to our newest members!

The CCRW welcomes three new Members this month:

  Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC)  IIAC logo

 City of Saskatoon  city of sask

 Times Change Women's Employment Servicetimes change (2) 3

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of membership for your business or organization please contact Elizabeth Smith, Manager Employer Consultations and Partnerships at 1 800 664 0925 ext 228 or via email at Our services include:
• Resources to increase disability awareness
• Strategies for complying with the Customer Service Regulation 429-07 (AODA)
• Accessing qualified job seekers with disabilities
• Job Accommodation Service (JAS)®


WORKink® continues to be Canada’s most powerful online career development woman typing 2and employment portal specifically for Canadians with disabilities. Among its many features, WORKink® provides job search tools, career guidance and employment resources

 Are you a job seeker?
WORKink® is the largest virtual employment resource centre for Job seekers with disabilities, offering a unique range of employment services. Explore WORKink® and learn about how qualified job seekers and employers get connected. As a job seeker with a disability you can search through job postings and information for your province. You can also post your resume, so that employers can find you. WORKink® will provide you with tools that will help you find and maintain a meaningful career.

Are you an employer?
Looking for the right resources to make your workplace diverse and inclusive? WORKink® offers tools, articles and interactive features used by more than 600 employers to recruit, hire and retain persons with disabilities. These features include:
•  Competitively priced job posting packages
•  Qualified candidates from our resume database Postcard
• Job Accommodation and Disability Awareness Training
•  Share your workplace success stories
• Post your company’s employment events - Free!!!! (job fairs, information sessions, etc.)

Are you a Career Practitioner?
You want resources and tools to help your clients with meaningful and sustainable employment. WORKink® provides you excellent labour market information, opportunities for your clients to apply for jobs in their area and field. Searchable articles and links.

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For more information please contact: Georgia Whalen or Maxima Kagoo by email -

Testimonial from a CCRW program graduate

Mary Pat, PWIP New Brunswick

Since Mary Pat said it best here are her words:

PWIP Where do I start. I remember hearing about this organization a few years back when I was in a self - esteem course. I went back to school for Business Administration (still shy a few courses) but decided I wanted to get out and work. Mind you, I hadn't worked in 8 years, I was excited but nervous as well. I took advantage of all that was available to me when starting my job search. My case manager got me in touch with Laura and Rachel of PWIP. When I first met Rachel and Laura, they walked me through the steps of resume writing etc. My email was FULL of job opportunities. They were in constant touch with me whether it was through email or phone.

Mary PatAs a matter of fact it was one of the very first job opportunities that came across my desk that I was intrigued with. Part-time Operations Manager with a community organization (P.U.L.S.E. Inc - People United in the Lower South End). I had all the qualifications in some way or another. I think Laura even told me my age was a good thing!! Finally!! I have been exposed to so many different things and wonderful people in my job. Without sounding so cliché, I was so glad to get out of the house. Becoming a working member of society. But then I soon realized, I was meeting actual people AND liking it. The job just felt right for me, it was where I belonged.

My disability (MS) is always there but is non - existent at times. Looking at me, you would never know I had it. But it still exists. So Part-time was my best bet to start with, a few hours every day, be home when the kids got home from school. It was all coming together. And I was making a difference!!

Rachel and Laura are great at getting us together for different events. They are still only a phone call or email away if I need them AND that is nice to know. Thank you for everything you have done for me. I know you will say I have done it but in reality, it was nice to know you guys were always there for me.

For more information about Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP), please check out their website at

Nutrition Check comes to WESP

Workplace Essential Skills Program (WESP)

As a lead up to Nutrition Month, the Workplace Essential Skills Partnership (WESP) programNutrition Check Picture 2 was very pleased to invite Hana Klimczak, Registered Dietitian with Nutrition Check to our latest Career Development Session. Nutrition Check offers nutrition counselling and consulting for individuals and businesses with a focus on nutrition assessment, individualized meal plans, and dietary recommendations. During the 2 hour session, Hana was “peppered” (pun intended) with questions from WESP graduates concerning healthy eating on a limited budget and methods for maintaining a healthy weight. Thank you, Hana for a wonderful presentation!

For more information on Nutrition Check and Hana Klimczak please visit or call 647-964-4442.

For more information on upcoming WESP programs and workshops, please visit or call 416-486-2500 ext 8307.

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Skills Training Partnership (STP)®

STP® is a Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) trademarked employment model.

It is designed to assist employers in developing training programs that prepare qualified job seekers with disabilities for employment, allowing persons with disabilities to become fully trained for real opportunities in the workforce. It is an opportunity for employers to gain expert assistance in recruiting, hiring, and training skilled employees with disabilities, while addressing barriers to employment.

Call for Article Submissions!

If you have something that would be of interest to the membership, we would be happy to consider it for a future issues of Abilities & Enterprise, please contact Monica at


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