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Leading the way for Inclusive Employment

November 12, 2014
Lest We Forget

In This Issue:
  • CCRW will participate in #GivingTuesday
  • Observations from our President & CEO
  • Success Story:  David Clemmensen
  • CCRW's Day for Hiring Persons with Disabilities in Toronto - October 15, 2014
  • Please support CCRW

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Success Story:  Prince Albert RWIP

ShellyRWIPShelley came to the CCRW in Prince Albert this past February seeking support to find meaningful employment. Shelley had a variety of skills from a background in operating heavy equipment, to letter carrying to ESL instruction. Shelley has a physical disability and was seeking a job that would accommodate specific physical barriers and allow her flexibility to attend medical appointments.

Despite being out of the workforce for 5 years we knew with the right supports Shelley had a lot to offer the right employer. We helped her tune up her resume and cover letter as a first step to kick start her job search. Dave Hobden our Employment Outreach Specialist approached our official partner in Prince Albert, The Multicultural Council, who were impressed with Shelley’s resume. Shelley’s first interview resulted in her attaining an ESL instructor position with the Multicultural Council through our wage subsidy return to work process and since October 10, 2014 she has been retained as a regular full-time employee. See what Shelley has to say about her experience:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at the (CCRW) Ready to Work Inclusion Program in Prince Albert. I am extremely grateful to Megan and Dave. With both their expertise they were able to match employment according to my credentials.

Thanks to their efforts I am now employed as an ESL instructor at the Prince Albert Multicultural Council. I enjoy my job immensely. The staff and students that I work with are absolutely wonderful. With my new employment, it still allows me the flexibility to get to my medical appointments. I am truly indebted to your program. Once again, thank you!

Success Story: David Clemmensen, PWIP BC

DavidPWIPBCDavid joined the CCRW’s Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) BC back in February of 2013. David was facing some employment challenges. However, these barriers did not keep him from continuing to search for employment. His incredible motivation to find work along with his positive attitude and perseverance enabled David to secure employment.

PWIP supported David in the process by assisting him in developing both his resume and cover letter. PWIP also provided him with funding for his work boots for his position at the packaging department at The Bomber Brewery, where he recently completed his 12 week wage subsidy. David’s job duties include placing the plastic rings on the 6 packs of beer and placing them in the appropriate place to have them ready for delivery. He also engages in general cleaning duties.

During the wage subsidy, PWIP staff visited David at his work site. During the visit David beamed with positive energy. He looked truly happy at his placement. He went on to explain what his job entailed and to provide staff with a tour. It did not take long for the EOS to notice the significance and positive impact that this job brought to David's life. He could not help but continuously smile. His energy was so strong that it was contagious.

Upon discussing David's performance with his Manager, she went on to mention that David was great addition to their team. She pointed out how committed he is with his position, the importance he gives to his duties and how punctual and responsible he is. In her own words, she stated: "I have nothing but good things to say about David. We are very pleased to have him here". These are just few of the numerous comments that staff received regarding David's outstanding performance at the Brewery.

Following the wage subsidy, he was hired as a part time worker with 20-25 hours a week depending on the amount of work needed at the Brewery. This amount of work hours are sufficient for his disability. PWIP staff are very pleased to have taken part on David's journey, as his energy, self-motivation and positive attitude are a great source of empowerment not only for other clients, but for anyone in the community. David is a great example how commitment and hard work can help individuals overcome many of the barriers that they face when finding employment. He is truly inspirational.

For more information on the Partners For Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP), please go to the web page.

CCRW's Day for Hiring Persons with Disabilities in Toronto

On October 15, 2014, CCRW's Workplace Essential Skills Partnership (WESP) hosted Toronto's leading recruitment event for persons with disabilities.
Maureen Haan, CCRW President and CEO, opened the event.  Here are some of her words:
"Finding meaningful employment can be difficult for anyone.  For those living with a disability, visible or invisable, the challenge can seem insurmountable.  10.1% of working age Canadians, or about 2.3 million individuals, self-identify CareerFair2as having a disability.  Many in this group have succeeded in graduation from post-secondary education, yet the unemployment rate for people with disabiities is significantly higher than the national average.  AND they want to work. This skill-rich talent pool has been ignored for far too long - having a disability should never be the reasonsomeone does not get the job they want and deserve.  I would like to congratulate all of the employers here today - your participation and your partnership with CCRW shows that you are among theCareerFair3 ranks of the employers here today - your participation and your partnership with CCRw shows that you are among the ranks of Canada's greatest leaders for diverse and inclusive hiring and employment practices.  You are literally helping us reshape the face of the Canadian workforce!"

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.

CCRW AODA Consultations--The Job Accommodation Service®
AODA training, policy review and development, accessibility audits and solutions. 
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