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Individuals with hearing impairments often use some combination of lip-reading, sign language, and amplification to understand spoken information. People who are deaf from birth generally have more difficulty speaking and understanding the structure of language than those who lost their hearing later in life. In a job setting, everyday noises -- fans and lights -- that are not a bother to hearing people, may have a profound effect on the ability of people with hearing impairments.

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Employability Awards

2009 EmployABILITY Awards

On May 25th the Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) held the EmployABILITY Awards Gala at the Tosca Banquet Hall in Oshawa. After internationally renowned motivational speaker and blind athlete, Craig MacFarlane, inspired the audience as he spoke about his own personal experiences living with a disability, CTV News Anchor Ken Shaw hosted the awards ceremony where twelve employees were recognized as nominees for an EmployABILITY award along with their employer and employment agency.

EmployABILITY Winners

Winner Janet Dick 
Nominated by Avocation Employment Alliance of Durham
Employer Royal Bank Financial Group
Winner Donald Smith 
Nominated by Northern Lights Canada
Employer  East Side Mario’s Oshawa
Winner Kamal Kishor 
Nominated by Challenging Directions Whitby Mental Health Centre
Employer Tim Hortons Oshawa
Innovation Award Winner Terri Gray for “Dewey’s Café”
Volunteer Citizenship Award Winners Miriam Beach
Frank Murphy
Region of Durham Accessibility Award Winners Bowmanville GoodLife Fitness 
Kathleen Matinlassi of Port Perry 
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City of Oshawa