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Ability & EnterpriseCCRW Logo2 2
Leading the way for Inclusive Employment
August 8, 2012
Summer path
Investing in the Future

In This Issue:
  • 2012 CCRW Youth Scholarship Winners
  • PWIP SK Success Story
  • Government of Canada invests in youth in Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Membership in CCRW

2012 CCRW Youth Scholarship Winners

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The CCRW Youth Scholarship was created to assist students with disabilities in their pursuit for post-secondary education and training. In 2012, CCRW offered eight (8) scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each for Canadian high-school students entering post-secondary education in September 2012. 

The winners are:

MMeganBettseagan Betts from New Maryland, NB. Megan will be attending Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. She will be studying Environmental Studies.

CHANG_CHARLENE25Charlene Chang from Surrey, BC. Charlene will be attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She will be studying Audiology.

Rilind Dragoshi 2Rilind Dragoshi from Moncton, NB. Rilind will be attending Crandall University in Moncton, NB. He will be studying Psychology.

Aaron FritzlerAaron Fritzler from Lumsden, SK. Aaron will be attending the University of Regina in Regina, SK. He will be studying Business and Law.

Riley KynochRiley Kynoch from Merritt, BC. Riley will be attending SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, AB. He will be studying Construction Project Management.

Zachary MacNeilZachary MacNeil from Benacadie, Cape Breton, NS. Zachary will be attending St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, NS. He will be studying Human Kinetics.

Holly Mathias0001Holly Mathias from Westville, NS. Holly will be attending Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. She will be studying Global Development Studies.

Cooper PictureCooper Leigh Solski from Brampton, ON. Cooper will be attending the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. She will be studying Medical Sciences.


PWIP SK Success Story

The Partners for Workplace Inclusion (PWIP) Saskatchewan Employment Outreach Specialist (EOS) had their first appointment with Justin in November 2010. He was really open to any ideas or opportunities regarding employment. Justin and the EOS went through many options and Justin took it upon himself to drop off an application at Canadian Tire. Justin attended all three of the workshops that PWIP – SK staff held in November 2010. Justin SK (2)

Justin arranged an interview with Canadian Tire, making sure that the EOS was able to attend with him. He did very well and answered all the questions appropriately. A second meeting was arranged with the General Manager of Canadian Tire. It was at this meeting that the details of a non-paid work trail were worked out. Justin completed a two week non-paid work trial in January 2011. During this work trial, Justin had the support of a job coach. Throughout the work trial, Justin received regular feedback on his performance and made any necessary changes. Justin was working in the warehouse, helping to pack up the store, as it was moving to a new location.

Canadian Tire offered Justin part time employment, on a four month contract basis. Justin would continue to work in the warehouse, packing up merchandise and getting the new store ready for the grand opening. Over these four months, Justin’s hours steadily increased. The staff at Canadian Tire was very supportive. Justin would work an hour extra once a week, until comfortable with those hours. At the end of the four month contract, Justin was offered permanent employment at Canadian Tire.

He is now considered a part of the Support Staff at Canadian Tire, which means that Justin is on a team that takes care of all of the odd jobs that need to be done in the store (i.e., stocking shelves, collecting carts, cleaning bathrooms, take out garbage and cardboard, etc). Justin is very happy with his job. He is very proud of the work that he has accomplished. He is a very hard worker and continues to show enthusiasm and motivation for his job. His supervisors are very pleased with his work ethic. Justin always looks for other jobs to do and doesn’t wait to be asked to do something. He has stated to family members, “I love my job! I could retire at Canadian Tire!”

For more information about PWIP programs, please visit or call Sandra Whiffen at 709-754-9941.

Government of Canada invests in Youth in Newfoundland and Labrador

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, July 20, 2012 — The Government FutureForYouth_setupof Canada announced new funding to support youth in Newfoundland and Labrador to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Dr. Kellie Leitch, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

“Our government’s top priority is job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity—and that includes investing in our young peoDr. Leitchple,” said Dr. Leitch. “Youth are the greatest asset for our future. That is why we are proud to invest in them, through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, to help them develop important skills and gain valuable job experience.”

The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCR
W) is receiving funding support from the Skills Link program to help youth with disabilities overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

participants in the CCRW project will attend skills workshops in areas such as team building, computer skills and communication. Following the workshops, participants will take part in job shadowing to help them prepare for employment and make informed career choices.

CaroleBarron2_CCRW_July20-2012“CCRW is pleased to be the recipient of funds from the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy,” said Carole J. Barron, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work. “In particular, this funding will support those youth who require additional supports and guidance in achieving their career goals.”

In addition, Dr. Leitch announced Canada Summer Jobs funding for the Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre to hire three students as summer camp counsellors. The funding will enable the students to gain the skills and experience they need to be successful—both now, and in the future.

With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.

Economic Action Plan 2012 is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience. This funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand.

Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada’s broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. To learn more about Canada’s Economic Action Plan, visit 

The speaking notes for Dr. Kellie Leitch on the occasion of the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work and Canada Summer Jobs funding can be found at Canada News Centre.

Membership in CCRW

Our mission is to promote and support meaningful and equitable employment of persons with disabilities.

Our vision is to create a Canada where all persons with disabilities have equal employment opportunity.

Hearing Aid-facebookWe offer information, education, training and Internet-based services supporting the employment of persons with disabilities.  We identify barriers to employment and provide solutions.  We encourage all stakeholders (employers, persons with disabilities, governments, rehabilitation professionals, labour leaders and educators) to work together on the development of standards, policies and practices. 

We provide leadership in programsWORKink-1 (2) and services for job seekers with disabilities and businesses committed to equity and inclusion.  We are a comprehensive information source for disability and employment resources, CCRW works with businesses of all sizes in all industries.

Becoming a member of CCRW not only gives you discounts for our programs, services and events and access to our "Tip of the Month" e-newsletter, but it also shows you support the employment of persons with disabilities while spreading the message of inclusion and equity.
We have several different levels of membership from Student to Corporate. 

Please consider becoming a member today.  For more information, please contact Maxima Kagoo at (1 800 664 0925 ext 226) or Elizabeth Smith at (1 800 664 0925 ext 228)

For more information about membership, please see out web site

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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.

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