These prestigious awards celebrate and recognize progressive employers who demonstrate business excellence by working with and hiring persons with disabilities. Six employers were recognized with Awards of Distinction.
The Employers Awards of Distinction were presented to the recipients by Frank Oberle, Associate Minister of Services for Persons with Disabilities and Iris Saunders, Executive Director of EmployAbilities. The winners were honoured with an escort onto the stage from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The award recipients were as follows:
Accessibility Award of Distinction – TD Canada Trust.
Small Business Award of Distinction – Cowan Imaging Group.
Employer of Youth Award of Distinction – Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes.
Community Initiative Award of Distinction – Edmonton Journal.
Diversity Leadership Award of Distinction – Sobey’s Edmonton.
Employer of Persons with Disabilities Award of Distinction – DynalifeDX Diagnostic Laboratory Services.
Prior to the awards presentation Aleem Jaffer, an individual with a disability, shared an encouraging and unique story. The evening concluded with a few words from Vern Albush of Servus Credit Union, one of the many sponsors of the event.
“Thank you once again to our sponsors, Service Canada, Servus Credit Union, Mobrey Gil, Edmonton Journal, Allstate and Sun Life,” said Albush. “The success of this morning’s event could not have been possible without the help of the many EmployAbilities staff and volunteers who helped make this event possible.”
Thank you for promoting and advancing employment of persons with disabilities. Learn more about the recipients of these awards in this video.