Advice From Employers to Employers

Below is advice from employers for employers considering hiring employees with disabilities.

  • “Many of our local Chamber Members do hire people with disabilities and we’d like to see that number grow. You must look at the person and not the disability and let the abilities shine through.” Shannon Churchill, Past General Manager Strathroy & District Chamber of Commerce
  • “A disability does not own who you are. It is one part of a whole person and if they are the right person for the job that’s truly what matters.” Tara Creaser, Human Resources and Hotel Accountant Four Points by Sheraton London
  • “An inclusive workforce makes us more creative & competitive. Go for it! You will have a positive experience!” Allison McGhee, Business Services Operations Leader 3M Canada
  • “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.” Tracey Paddison, Human Resources Manager ZTR Control Systems
  • “Success in life is about opportunity and as employers we can provide the chance for people with disabilities to use their skills and not only enhance their own lives but add to the lives of their co-workers. Providing employment to a person with a disability is very rewarding and shifts the focus from the bottom line to lifting someone to the top of their abilities.” Inspector Steven Goodine, Professional Standards Branch London Police Service
  • “Try it out! You have nothing to lose. I truly believe you will get back more than you give.” Taylor Ablitt, Co-Founder and CEO Diply.com
  • “I highly recommend partnering with Goodwill Employment Services for employment needs. They offer a great support system throughout the recruitment process and are great to work with.” Kristen Francis, Human Resources Coordinator Voyageur Transportation Services
  • “You are crazy not to employ people with disabilities. If you have a position that is suitable for someone or even if you can take some duties from several employees to free up their time, you should consider this. It’s helped our business & employees get more involved in the community and events.” John Rossini, Service Director ToyotaTown
  • “Voices.com knows that our team is what drives and reinforces the enterprise’s strategic direction, so we do everything we can to make sure that they have all of the tools, resources, and support possible.” Kaitlyn Annaert, Human Resources Manager Voices.com
  • “To look at the Ability First Coalition or other agencies that can help people with disabilities be part of their organization. You have to find out what your weakness are, so those can become strengths as well.” Jason Graça, Owner Manito’s Rotisserie & Sandwich Shop
  • “Finding the right person is essential to every work environment. Hutton House London did that for us, and what that person added to our work environment far outweighed the minor accommodations we made.” Mel Quevillon, Enrolment Coordinator London Waldorf School
  • “Ask questions and get advice from people who have been there before. We’re always happy to share our experience. And reach out to organizations, like the Ability First Coalition or LEADS Employment.” Jason Menard, Content Strategist Digital Echidna
  • “If you are considering it, even just a little I would quote a famous Nike slogan - Just do it. You will not be disappointed. Your team benefits, you benefit and most importantly someone who is looking for work gains valuable work and sense of self. You will be changed by it for the better and likely gain one of the most loyal team members you will ever have.” Brent Barr, Owner Westmount Neighbourhood Pet Clinic
  • “Don’t be afraid to employ individuals with disabilities. In most cases small adjustments can be made to your training methods or processes to support the success of these individuals within your organization.” Lori Henderson, Director of Human Resources Cuddy Farms
  • “Hire away! You will find a community of committed individuals that are looking to make a difference and contribute.” Dave Cook, President Fire Roasted Coffee Company, Habitual Chocolate & Farmers’ and Artisans’ Markets Inc.
  • “Don’t be afraid to hire someone with a disability. Talk to others who do employ. Hire someone with a disability and you quickly realize that every person has the ability to do something.” Dennis Winkler, General Manager Winks Eatery
  • “Just to be accepting. 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.” Neil Burnett, Café Manager Edgar and Joe’s Café
  • “Be open, educate yourself, see the person and the skills they can bring to your organization.” Sandy Plant, Senior Director of Human Resources London Hydro
  • “Everybody should be given a chance. Please don’t overlook candidates if they have a disability. They can be the best person for the job.” Jacky Hamden, Owner Pearl Shine
  • “As with any new-hire, pick your candidate carefully. Choose someone who you think can learn to do the job and who will be a good fit for your organization. From the outset of the employment relationship, open discussions need to be had with each individual to determine how best to accommodate them in the performance of their duties. As needs change or new obstacles present themselves in the course of employment, you need to work very closely with the individual to circumvent those barriers and find solutions thus providing an experience that benefits both the employer and employee.” Joe Hoffer, Partner Cohen Highley LLP
  • “Best way is through agency like LEADS Employment. They find candidates best suited for job & are lots of help.” Glenda Smith, Owner & Operator Smith Cheese
  • “My advice for employers is to be open-minded, and to focus on the person and their skillset.” Jamie Lee Arseneau, Volunteer Coordinator Habitat for Humanity London
  • “We can all see the disability. But look past that and find out what a potential employee can really do. People with disabilities bring a strong work ethic and unique experiences to the workplace.” The Honourable David C. Onley, 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • “To consider persons with disabilities for your next employment opportunity. You will not be disappointed.” Donna Hodgins, Co-Owner Stax Packaging Services Inc.
  • “Take advantage of resources. Describe to your Partner in Employment what you are looking for and let them find the match for you. Once they have selected an employee for you, take an interest in their training and integration into your company. Relationships you develop will translate into a positive work environment, coupling ability with acceptance. Lead by example, show acceptance and others will follow.” Adam Newington, Project Manager Ontario Panelization
  • “Give people with disabilities a chance! You will be pleasantly surprised!” Kevin Wu, Owner Chil Frozen Yogurt Bar
  • “I would say we need to start the conversation. Or, if the conversation has already started, let’s keep it going! Let’s de-bunk the myths. If you don’t know something, it’s ok to ask.” - Sharlene Decloux, TD Canada Trust District Vice President for London East Area
  • “It’s not about creating a position just for the sake of creating a position that doesn’t have any real value. That’s not a good process. You must apply the concept of ability first to the workplace. Otherwise, it doesn’t become meaningful work.” Chief Brad Duncan, London Police Services