Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) seeks to bring awareness of the individual, economic and societal benefits of diversifying our workforce by employing people of all abilities. SARC is taking the lead to create awareness and promote the importance of creating a diverse workforce in Saskatchewan by recognizing DEAM, and we are thrilled that the Province of Saskatchewan officially proclaimed October 2016 as Disability Employment Awareness Month!
In Saskatchewan, the month will be celebrated by employers, those searching for jobs, and by the organizations that help make the transition happen. Many SARC Member Agencies are involved in Supported Employment initiatives, and DEAM provides an opportunity to create awareness, and to celebrate the benefits of employing people of all abilities.
For the month of October, DEAM is taking over SARC's Facebook and Twitter page! Share your stories of employment for people of all abilities here.
October 20 - Luncheon - Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
We are pleased to have Mark Wafer speak on the "Economic Case for Inclusion".
Mark Wafer is the owner of six Tim Hortons restaurants in Toronto. Over the past 20 years Mark and his wife Valarie have hired 127 people with disabilities to fill meaningful and competitively-paid positions in all areas of the operations, from entry-level to logistics, production, and management. They currently employ 46 people with disabilities in a workforce of 250. Mark believes there is a clear business case for inclusive employment.
Mark is a member of the federal government’s Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities; co-founder of Canadian Business SenseAbility, Canada’s national corporate strategy for hiring people with disabilities; a member of Ontario's Economic Development Partnership Council; and an inaugural member of Ontario's Champions League. He was recently inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.
For more information or to register, click here.
“MentorAbility” is a national program of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) designed to help Canadian businesses to effectively recruit and hire talented, motivated new employees with disabilities. Saskatchewan launched the first MentorAbility program in conjunction with DEAM in October 2014. This year MentorAbility Day will held on Wednesday, October 5. Visit our MentorAbility Day page for more information and videos, or visit employmentforall.ca.