Looking Back to Move Forward

Date: 
Mar 10, 2016
Employer: 
Various Local Employers

During Tuesdays at Ten on March 1, 2016, we revisited past conversations with 14 of the many London and area employers the Ability First Coalition has had the pleasure of speaking with over the last three years. Learn what these employers have to say about hiring and retaining persons with disabilities and how doing so has benefited their businesses.

How is voices.com fostering a workplace that is inclusive of persons with disabilities?

"This is where Voices.com’s strength lies, as we are open to considering and accommodating any and all candidates. Everyone is valued, and we are committed to hiring for cultural fit and ability over anything else. The diversity of our workforce and the appreciation that they all have for one another makes for a place where we all feel accepted and comfortable, and one that we consistently nurture in our hiring practices."  Kaitlyn Annaert, Human Resources Manager, Voices.com

“This is where Voices.com’s strength lies, as we are open to considering and accommodating any and all candidates. Everyone is valued, and we are committed to hiring for cultural fit and ability over anything else. The diversity of our workforce and the appreciation that they all have for one another makes for a place where we all feel accepted and comfortable, and one that we consistently nurture in our hiring practices,” said Kaitlyn Annaert, Human Resources Manager, Voices.com. Read more...


What does a workforce that is inclusive of persons with disabilities mean for 3M Canada?

“We want the best and brightest people. Nothing else matters. An inclusive workforce makes us more creative & competitive.” Allison McGhee, Business Services Operations Leader, 3M Canada

“We want the best and brightest people. Nothing else matters. An inclusive workforce makes us more creative & competitive,” said Allison McGhee, Business Services Operations Leader, 3M Canada. Read more…


Has TD found there is a competitive advantage to hiring persons with disabilities?

"We want to attract the best and brightest people to TD and the way to do that is to have a diverse workforce, with many different skill sets and experiences. Our people are our competitive advantage." Sharlene Decloux, Vice President, TD Canada Trust District, London East Area

“We want to attract the best and brightest people to TD and the way to do that is to have a diverse workforce, with many different skill sets and experiences. Our people are our competitive advantage,” said Sharlene Decloux, Vice President, TD Canada Trust District, London East Area. Read more…


Why does Winks Eatery hire persons with disabilities? 

"Employees with disabilities work hard, are loyal, punctual and have a great attendance record. Your other staff will have a change in attitude for the better." Dennis Winkler, General Manager, Winks Eatery

“Employees with disabilities work hard, are loyal, punctual and have a great attendance record. Your other staff will have a change in attitude for the better,” said Dennis Winkler, General Manager, Winks Eatery. Read more…


How has employing persons with disabilities at Fire Roasted Coffee Company affected your belief everyone is equal?

"It has validated our belief that everyone is equal, you just have to match skills and job requirements." Dave Cook, Founder, Fire Roasted Coffee Company

“It has validated our belief that everyone is equal, you just have to match skills and job requirements,” said Dave Cook, Founder, Fire Roasted Coffee Company. Read more…


How has ToyotaTown benefited from hiring persons with disabilities?

"It benefits us as a business, as well as the employee. It also benefits the existing employees in learning that we all can work together." John Rossini, Service Director, ToyotaTown

“It benefits us as a business, as well as the employee. It also benefits the existing employees in learning that we all can work together,” said John Rossini, Service Director, ToyotaTown. Read more…


What advice does Edgar and Joe’s Café have for other employers considering hiring persons with disabilities?

"Truly look at each person’s value to your organization. Having or not having a disability shouldn’t come into the equation if you’re fair to each job candidate. I want the best candidate." Neil Burnett, Café Manager, Edgar and Joe’s Café

“Truly look at each person’s value to your organization. Having or not having a disability shouldn’t come into the equation if you’re fair to each job candidate. I want the best candidate,” said Neil Burnett, Café Manager, Edgar and Joe’s Café. Read more…


How has ZTR Control Systems created an inclusive recruitment process for persons with disabilities?

"We always look for the best candidate and to find the right fit to work within our organization. We look at all candidates equally and give each and every one of our candidates an opportunity. Keep an open mind and value individuals on merit. In the end, it’s the ABILITY that really matters." Tracey Paddison, Human Resources Manager, ZTR Control Systems

“We always look for the best candidate and to find the right fit to work within our organization. We look at all candidates equally and give each and every one of our candidates an opportunity. Keep an open mind and value individuals on merit. In the end, it’s the ABILITY that really matters,” said Tracey Paddison, Human Resources Manager, ZTR Control Systems. Read more…


How does London Waldorf School view possible accommodations for persons with disabilities in the workplace?

"Each individual deserves to be seen in their fullness, beyond whatever challenges are present in their life. Finding the right person is essential to every work environment. What that person adds to our work environment far outweighs any minor accommodations we make." Mel Quevillon, Enrolment Coordinator, London Waldorf School

“Each individual deserves to be seen in their fullness, beyond whatever challenges are present in their life. Finding the right person is essential to every work environment. What that person adds to our work environment far outweighs any minor accommodations we make,” said Mel Quevillon, Enrolment Coordinator, London Waldorf School. Read more…


Why does Diply.com believe in breaking down preconceptions surrounding persons with disabilities?

"Everybody deserves a shot. And if people can break down these preconceptions about what someone is, or what someone can do as a person with a disability, our workforce will be much better for it." Taylor Ablitt, Co-Founder & CEO, Diply.com

“Everybody deserves a shot. And if people can break down these preconceptions about what someone is, or what someone can do as a person with a disability, our workforce will be much better for it,” said Taylor Ablitt, Co-Founder & CEO, Diply.com. Read more…


What advice can TriHQ Inc. give employers asking how persons with disabilities will contribute?

"Look for opportunities within your company where you can benefit from an individual who just wants to contribute to the best of their ability and be open to all of the benefits that can be delivered to the company in the bigger picture." Bill Smith, Vice President & General Manager, TriHQ Inc.

“Look for opportunities within your company where you can benefit from an individual who just wants to contribute to the best of their ability and be open to all of the benefits that can be delivered to the company in the bigger picture,” said Bill Smith, Vice President & General Manager, TriHQ Inc. Read more…


Does Boler Mountain believe businesses are missing out if they’re not hiring persons with disabilities?

"If you’re not hiring Persons with Disabilities, you’re overlooking opportunity. There’s a dynamic that really helps in the development of a team. Hire as much for the personality because we can teach anybody a task, and the rest of the skills come." Marty Thody, Director of Operations, Boler Mountain

“If you’re not hiring Persons with Disabilities, you’re overlooking opportunity. There’s a dynamic that really helps in the development of a team. Hire as much for the personality because we can teach anybody a task, and the rest of the skills come,” said Marty Thody, Director of Operations, Boler Mountain. Read more…


Why does hiring persons with disabilities make sense for Black Fly Beverage Company?

"Black Fly believes in finding talent where other companies may not & giving people a chance. It makes sense for us. We were introduced to a fantastic employee and have had an impact on someone’s life." Martin Kamil, VP Finance & Operations, Black Fly Beverage Company

“Black Fly believes in finding talent where other companies may not & giving people a chance. It makes sense for us. We were introduced to a fantastic employee and have had an impact on someone’s life,” said Martin Kamil, VP Finance & Operations, Black Fly Beverage Company. Read more…


What has been the result of employing persons with disabilities at Scene Magazine?

"My business is strengthened, people who are not being given the opportunity to engage in a meaningful occupation are being given that opportunity and, as a result, our community is strengthened, overall." Bret Downe, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Scene Magazine

“My business is strengthened, people who are not being given the opportunity to engage in a meaningful occupation are being given that opportunity and, as a result, our community is strengthened, overall,” said Bret Downe, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Scene Magazine. Read more…


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