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Abilities & EnterpriseCCRW Logo2 2
Leading the way for Inclusive Employment
April 14, 2011
Purple Crocuses
Onwards and Upwards!

Welcome to the new format for Abilities & Enterprise!

You are receiving our newsletter in our electronic format.  We hope you enjoy the new design!

In This Issue:
  • 2010 - 2011 Board of Directors
  • PWIP NL Client is Living the Dream..
  • CCRW Award Winners
  • CCRW Youth Scholarship
  • New JAS® Collaboration
2010 - 2011 Board of Directors

On November 6, 2010, during the Annual General Meeting, the CCRW Board of Directors ratified new Board members. Each Board member represents either a constituency or capacity in our country.

most of the new board 1-croppedNewly elected to the Board were:  Al Tinney, ON (RBC Financial Group); Ashley Caldwell, ON (IBM Canada); Ryan Barclay, SK (TD Canada Trust); Craig Sambrooke, MB (Manitoba Hydro); Carol Thiessen, MB (Manitoba Hydro).

Members re-elected included: Bruce Smith, NS (Scotiabank); Bob Sheridan, BC (Royal Bank of Canada); Nancy Moreau, QC (SPHERE);  Jill Wakelin, PE (Holland College); Stephanie Gionet, NB (Government of New Brunswick).

During the Annual General Meeting, outgoing Chair, Jacki Challenger, and AB Board Member,Bruce,Pamela,Jacki, Carole 2-cropped 3 Pamela Wagner, received special recognition awards for their dedication and contribution to the Board during the past six years. 

Following the AGM, the Board elected the Executive Committee Members.  The Executive Committee comprises of Bruce Smith, Chair (elected for a three year term ending 2014); Nancy Moreau, First Vice-Chair; Jennifer Dinn, Second Vice-Chair; Al Tinney, Treasurer;  Ashley Caldwell, Recording Secretary.

Click here to see the complete list of the CCRW 2010 - 2011 Board of Directors

PWIP NL Client is Living the Dream..

PWIPSean 3Sean Pinsent is living the dream. He's working at a RONA home improvement store, after overcoming a job market not always receptive to people with disabilities. But through the Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program, Pinsent got this job placement. "I've accomplished my dream job," he told the audience at the program's sixth annual business awards luncheon Monday. "Working up at RONA is a pleasure." Pinsent will celebrate a year with the store in November. He urged more businesses to get involved in the program, which supports both employers and jobs seekers.

For the complete Telegram newspaper article, click here

CCRW Award Winners

CCRW is proud to announce the following awards won by staff across Canada:

PWIP NB Mental health awardLaura Anderson, Employment Coordinator  and Rachel Harlow, Employment Outreach Specialist from Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) New Brunswick received the Award of Partnership from the Mental Health Recovery Services Employment Program in Saint John, NB.     Congratulations Laura  and Rachel!

Greg Travers, Employment Coordinator from Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) British Columbia, Greg Award 2010-3 2received the Individual Award, Honourable Mention, 2010 Access and Inclusion Award from the City of Vancouver.  The Access and Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and organizations demonstrating leadership and commitment to enhancing accessibility, inclusion, universality and the elimination of any barriers impeding the full participation of persons with any type of disability in community life. 
Congratulations Greg!

NormaAward2010CCRW and Norma Ricker, Director, of Eastern Region Development  received the Equity Award from the Wood Manufacturing Council  (WMC). Normally, this award is presented to a company and an individual as two separate awards. WMC chose to recognize both the individual, Norma Ricker and CCRW as one award this year.  Norma truly is a champion for persons with disabilities seeking employment. 
Congratulations Norma!  Congratulations CCRW!

(JAS)® Partners with Public Good Initiative

The CCRW Job Accommodation Service (JAS)® has partnered with the Public Good Initiative (PGI) to complete a research initiative with two goals.  First, the initiative will identify barriers to employment for persons with disabilities. Second, the initiative will assess barriers (both financial and otherwise) faced by small and medium size business in hiring persons with disabilities. PGI will identify policy options to be pursued; while making recommendations on the course of action based on the findings. The report is expected to be completed by the end of April 2011.

The Public Good Initiative (PGI) is a student-led initiative from the School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Toronto. The group provides pro-bono consulting services from their 1st and 2nd year graduate students to community and non-profit organizations who can benefit from the research support to help achieve their organizational objectives. The mission of the PGI is to make a positive contribution to the policy and research capacity of community organizations. Consulting teams offer recommendations and reports grounded in a specialized knowledge of public policy making and analysis. The Initiative’s objective is to find “creative solutions with public value to real-world problems”.

Youth Scholarship Program


Six one-time scholarships are available to eligible  students    with disabilities pursuing post-secondary education and training. 

Click here for more info.

Deadline for submission is April 15, 2011.

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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