Employer Success Stories

The Ability First Coalition is proud to showcase some of our local success stories. We invite you to see how organizations, just like yours, have benefitted from inclusive hiring practices. Browse the articles below as well as those in our Tuesdays at Ten section, where we post transcripts from this acclaimed series.

Success Stories

  • Lori Henderson, Director of HR with Cuddy Farms
    Dec 03, 2014

    At the Ability First 2014 Champion Awards, held on November 7, 2014, Cuddy Farms received the Large Business Award for their commitment to employing people with disabilities. The Large Business Award is presented to a business over 50 employees that develops and applies the concept of ability first and best practices in recruitment, retention, and talent management.

  • Nov 24, 2014

    At the Ability First 2014 Champion Awards, held on November 7, 2014, Dennis Winkler was awarded with the Advocacy Award for continuously and tirelessly promoted the concept of ability first, supporting people with disabilities in their efforts to obtain competitive and meaningful employment, and bringing new and innovative perspectives to the workplace.

  • Joe Hoffer
    Mar 17, 2014

    With law practices covering family, corporate-commercial, real estate, wills and estates, administrative, and all forms of commercial and civil litigation, Cohen Highley’s legal professionals provide a broad range of legal services. Cohen Highley LLP has a number of employees with disabilities that are both evident and non-evident.

  • Adam Newington, Ontario Panelization
    Feb 17, 2014

    Ontario Panelization was the winner of the Small Business Award at the 2013 Ability First Champion Awards. Ontario Panelization is a pre-panelized field applied exterior wall systems contractor. They specialize in stone, porcelain, metal composite, aluminum plate, fibre cement, wood veneer composite, and exterior insulation and finish systems that are custom fabricated at their Clarke Road facility in London, Ontario.

  • Labatt Park
    Jan 15, 2014

    Every year there are over 1,000 applications by individuals seeking to work for the summer season with the City of London. The City brings on over 200 temporary labourers, with the Parks and Recreation Department hiring 70 to 80 of these applicants. This past summer Ability First had the opportunity to talk with the team that is responsible for maintaining London’s historic Labatt Park.

  • Kevin Wu
    Jan 13, 2014

    Chil Frozen Yogurt Bar won the Advocacy Award at the 2013 Ability First Champion Awards. The Advocacy Award recognizes a business that has continuously and tirelessly promoted the concept of Ability First, supported people in their efforts to obtain meaningful employment, and who has brought new and innovative perspectives to the workplace.

  • Sharlene Decloux
    Nov 01, 2013

    Sharlene Decloux, TD Canada Trust District Vice President for London East Area, talks about how TD puts Ability First in the workplace. In this interview, Decloux demonstrates why TD was named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers as well as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2013.  

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