Tuesdays at Ten

From October 2013 through March 2016, on the first Tuesday of every month, the coalition engaged in an award-winning live Twitter chat with local businesses who have effectively put ability first in the workplace.

In this section, we’ve compiled transcripts from our previous Tuesdays at Ten. We encourage you to review them, learn more from successful employers about the whys and hows, and contact us if you have any questions about putting ability first in your workplace.


  • Pearl Shine

    “I’m looking for the best candidates. My most amazing and skilled employees could very well have a disability.”
    Jacky Hamden, Owner of Pearl Shine.

    Pearl Shine
    Jan 07, 2014
  • Williams Fresh Cafe

    “When you hire based on Ability First you’re giving that person the chance and opportunity to showcase their skills as you would any applicant.”
    Vic Hurst, General Manager of Williams Fresh Cafe in London Ontario.

    Williams Fresh Cafe
    Dec 03, 2013
  • Fire Roasted Coffee Company

    “We believe a community has to be inclusive of all our members.”
    Dave Cook, President of Fire Roasted Coffee Company, Habitual Chocolate & Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets Inc.

    Fire Roasted Coffee Company
    Nov 05, 2013
  • Willie’s Café

    “This industry often sees high staff turnover. I wanted to create an environment where all are respected. This has resulted in employee retention and a sense of family.”
    Ian Kennard, Owner of Willie’s Café.

    Willie’s Café
    Oct 01, 2013