About the Ontario Leader in Accessible Employment Award:
The Ontario Leader in Accessible Employment Award is awarded to a business or organization that has created an accessible work environment, values the contribution of persons with disabilities, and promotes the development of an inclusive workplace culture for all.
Finalist: Hillside Haven Retirement Residence
Industry: Senior Care
About: Hillside Haven is a small retirement residence in Cambellford, Ontario. Hillside Haven’s approach to senior living is more than having an address, it’s about caring, and providing a meaningful way of life in a family environment. They want all who live at Hillside Haven to be proud to call the beautiful 160 year old Victorian house their home.
What makes Hillside Haven a leader in accessible employment? Since the beginning days of Hillside Haven, the staff have worked closely with Community Living and E.A.R.N. to hire, train and support staff with various abilities.
Finalist: YMCA Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford
Industry: Community Services
About: A charitable organization, the YMCA annually serves more than 195,000 people living in Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford (HBB). The YMCA nurtures potential and builds healthy communities through programming such as: fitness, child care, day and overnight camping, employment training, community outreach and more.
What makes YMCA HBB a leader in accessible employment? The YMCA is committed to ensuring the values of inclusion and diversity are reflected in both programs we deliver as well in our employment and volunteer practices.
“At Hillside Haven Retirement Residence we know that together we can, we do and we will improve the lives of seniors.”
Michael Gestetner, Director, Hillside Haven Retirement Residence
“Our success is based on our continued commitment to adapt and remain relevant to our communities while ensuring we use our own values as a guide. Our values of inclusion and diversity ensure that there is a space for everyone at the YMCA.”
Jim Commerford, President & CEO, YMCA HBB
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