The EmployABILITY Awards recognize:
- People who, despite a substantial barrier to employment, successfully obtained and maintained competitive employment.
- Businesses and employers for their efforts in removing barriers and hiring people with disabilities.
- Service providers for their commitment to move persons with disabilities from job preparation to job placements.
- Volunteers who give their time to assist persons with disabilities and the removal of barriers.
- Media personalities or groups that promote stories on either individuals with disabilities or businesses that have made their premises accessible.
With support from the Ontario Disability Support Program, DREN would also like to thank the following organizations for their generous sponsorships for the EmployABILITY Awards Gala over the years.
- Manufacturing and Technology Centre
- Great Blue Heron Charity Casino
- Durham Workforce Authority
- Durham Region Police Services Board
- Agilec formerly known as Northern Lights Canada
- Durham College
2010 EmployABILITY Awards
On June 1st the Durham Region Employment Network held the 9th Annual EmployABILITY Awards Gala at the Tosca Banquet Hall in Oshawa.
The evening featured singer-song writer Justin Hines, local television host and community leader Garth Riley, CTV News personality Ken Shaw and an address from The Honorable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community and Social Services for Ontario.
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.