Did you know that during the month of October, business organizations, employers, and communities across Canada come together to promote and celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM)?  It is well established that a diverse workforce is a more effective workforce. In our community, DEAM is championed by the Calgary Employment First Network (CEFN); a collective of local organizations which serve as community partners to local employers and assist with inclusive recruitment, on-boarding and other diversity related employment needs. The CEFN represents a large talent pool of candidates and provides employers with a single point of contact for Diversity and Inclusion resources in the area of disability. Throughout the month of October, the CEFN and its partners will be hosting a variety of community events celebrating the compelling success stories of employees with disabilities, and the inclusive organizations that hire them. Please feel free to join the following events which are open to the public:

Oct 4, 2016 2:00-2:30pm: DEAM Launch Proclamation

Location: City Hall Atrium

Event Details: The Mayor’s proclamation will be read. This will be followed by a short introduction to DEAM and the events that will be held throughout the month. 

Oct 19, 2016: DEAM Film Fest

Location: Bow Valley College (345 6 Avenue SE)

Event Details: The CEFN and the Picture This Film Festival are pleased to offer a one day film festival focussing on employment and people with disabilities as part of the workforce. There will be a broad selection of films highlighting local and international perspectives on this important issue. Opportunities for discussion will accompany each film.

Oct 20, 2016 5:00-7:00pm:  The Inclusive Community: Visible and Invisible Disabilities

Location: Caffe Artigiano, 5010 Richard Road SW

Event Details: Mount Royal University’s Institute for Community Prosperity is pleased to partner with CEFN on to host a conversation on employment and disability titled, “The Inclusive Community: Visible and Invisible Disabilities”, this event will feature Pecha-Kucha-style storytellers, and table discussions.

The CEFN welcomes your support and looks forward to working together with employers, organizations, and members of the community to ensure that Alberta is recognized as a leader of inclusive employment and effective change!

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