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Ability & EnterpriseCCRW Logo2 2
Leading the way for Inclusive Employment

  August 13, 2014
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Working Together to Win!

In This Issue:
  • Observations from our President & CEO
  • Please support CCRW
  • Update from Natasha, a PWIP-NL Client
  • OWIP partnership with La Quinta Inn
  • SIGNS, a new restaurant in Toronto, ON

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Observations by our President & CEO

MaureenSpeech“In July of this year, I was able to meet with an employer partner of CCRW’s PWIP program in Winnipeg. I was warmly greeted by the Human Resources Specialist at True North Sports & Entertainment Limited, Jenna Appleyard. Jenna spent about an hour with me, showing me around their facility and filling me in on the focus of True North. They have “very successfully” hired two people with disabilities through CCRW-PWIP. When asked to elaborate on the “very successful” aspect, she credited Kristie Short, Employment Outreach Specialist at the Winnipeg PWIP office, with her forward thinking of going into the sports centre to have a look around and actually see what the complex's unique needs may be, prior to trying to place a client there. With this insight, the team was able to find the right match with confidence. Partnerships that are based on a mutual goal, reap the best results.  Realizing this success has been found with True North will ensure equitable and meaningful employment and retention for persons with disabilities in the Winnipeg area.”

Maureen Haan

Please support CCRW

Donate button imagePlease support CCRW in our goal of helping Canadians with disabilities find meaningful employment this year – CCRW is now accepting online donations.

Natasha Checks in with PWIP-NL

NatashaPWIPNLNatasha came to Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) in St. John's, NL  in September 2011 with no work experience.  Having just finished high school, she had no idea what she was able to do or interested in doingAfter completing some career exploration exercises, Natasha decided to work demonstrating with Professional Warehouse Demonstrators at Costco part-time.  During employment maintenance follow-ups, both Natasha and the employer reported high satisfaction. 
Natasha visited the PWIP NL team at the 2013 Christmas party.  She was very excited to share that she had recently earned her driver's licence and bought herself a car!  She repeatedly thanked the PWIP staff for their assistance, saying she would not be where she is today with her new found independence if not for this service.

PWIP NL is thrilled with Natasha's success and continue to wish her the best.

For more information about PWIP, please click here.

OWIP Partnership with La Quinta Inn and Suites

Conveniently located in bustling downtown Oshawa, the Ontario Workplace Inclusion Program (OWIP) supports job seekers who are skilled, qualified and highly motivated to find work. Working with OWIP can improve an individual's chances of being hired because clients work with OWIP's fleet of skilled and qualified staff. The staff members offer knowledge and expertise related to resume and cover letter writing, facilitate employment-related workshops, and assist with a client's job search.

This year, OWIP was thrilled to begin a dynamic partnership with La Quinta Inn and Suites. La Quinta Inn and Suites is a brand new hotel in Oshawa that truly welcomes people of all abilities, by offering state-of-the-art accessible rooms and services. La Quinta not
La Quinta employees only believes in serving people with disabilities, they believe in welcoming them onto their staff as well. La Quinta has started numerous OWIP clients with the wage subsidy opportunity.   With simple adjustments to the work routine, such as providing a detailed checklist of duties or starting with less duties and adding more as the employee became comfortable with the routine, La Quinta has given OWIP clients opportunities for success and meaningful employment. OWIP has received positive feedback about the clients’ experiences thus far and look forward to hearing how they further develop as the program continues.

OWIP client, V.T., began working as a houseke
eper with La Quinta at the beginning of May. She had been working with another employment service agency in the area but shared that she had not received the proper support she needed, specifically regarding her disability. V.T. was delighted to receive the housekeeping opportunity at La Quinta because the position accommodates her needs regarding her disability.

OWIP client, M.P., began working as a maintenance worker with La Quinta at the end of May. He had been looking for work for a number of years with no success due to the number of personal barriers he faced. Fortunately, it was not long after he began working with OWIP that he was able to find an employer who could see past his barriers and appreciate his job-related skills and dedication.

OWIP client, D.T., completed her wage subsidy opportunity at La Quinta in June. D.T. faced a number of barriers to employment before working at La Quinta. She is looking forward to continuing her employment experience with La Quinta as she has shared that she thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to grow professionally and work as part of a hard-working team.

OWIP is looking forward to supporting more job seekers in finding employment and further developing partnerships with employers in the community of Durham Region.

For more information on OWIP, click here.

SIGNS, a new restaurant in Toronto

"Where noise meets silence", Signs is the first Canadian restaurant staffed with Deaf servers.  Patrons are encouraged to order in ASL with images available in the menus to assist them.  The goal of the restaurant, outside of providing good food and service, is to facilitate interaction between the Deaf and hearing communities.  In many cases, this is the first job for the Deaf servers.

For more information please check out their website.

CCRW AODA Consultations--The Job Accommodation Service®
AODA training, policy review and development, accessibility audits and solutions. 
For more information and to book a consultation, contact Nayla Farah, or 1-800-664-0925 x 224 or visit our website at

Call for Article Submissions!

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