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Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM and NDEAM)

Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of Disability Employment Awareness Month is to promote employment inclusion for people who experience disability and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. NDEAM (a federal initiative celebrated in the U.S. every October since 1945), is gaining traction in Canada with a number of provinces proclaiming October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. You can learn more from the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN).

We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including people with disabilities. DEAM offers an excellent opportunity for employment supports providers and employers to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to Canadians with disabilities and to help promote employment inclusion in our country.

We are pleased to share an employee feature, celebrating an outstanding job match with Ann and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency! Ann is now more than 3 years into her role as an Operations Assistant. Join us in congratulating CFIA and Ann! And keep scrolling down for a feature about one of our impressive candidates seeking a new position.

You’ve heard about the many wonderful matches LiveWorkPlay has facilitated between employers and job-seekers. Did you know our primary pre-pandemic strategy utilized an Employment Task Force (volunteers including experienced inclusive employers to help us network with the business community) and a Federal Employment Strategy Group (for public service positions)? These volunteers are still making important contributions, but during the pandemic, we are not able to come together in the same ways and the job opportunities have shifted, so we are extending that networking approach to include YOU…our followers and connections.

We are pleased to be presenting Jonathan today. If you would like to learn more or have a recommendation for us to pursue with Jonathan, please contact Liam Pignat and he’ll take it from there! #ThePowerofInclusion #EngageTalent #NDEAM2020