Monday, 23 September 2013

Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM)

On behalf of the DEAM Planning Committee

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Please join us during October:  Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) in celebrating the contributions of individuals with disabilities to our workplaces and communities and in promoting diverse workplaces in a more inclusive Manitoba.  
Manitoba’s Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) was jointly proclaimed in 2012 by Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade, Honourable Jennifer Howard, Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, and Honourable Stan Struthers, Minister responsible for the Civil Service.  

We are pleased to invite you to the launch of DEAM on Monday, October 1, 2013, from Noon to 1:00 p.m.  at The Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Hotel, 1800 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg.  The kick-off will include videos promoting workplace inclusion and will be followed by time for refreshments and networking.  Please RSVP to Tracy MacMillan at Tracy.MacMillan@gov.mb.ca or call (204) 945-7613.  Please let us know if you require disability accommodations.

If you know Manitoba employers that are worthy of recognition for their exemplary actions in employing a person (or persons) with disabilities, help us celebrate their leadership on October 30, 2013.  The deadline for nominations is tomorrow, September 27th.  For more information and a nomination form, please see:  http://www.deam-mb.ca/docs/EmployerAwardsOct2013.pdf

Please find attached a one-page poster about DEAM for distribution.  Or, for more information about DEAM, and other ways to become involved, please see http://www.deam-mb.ca/

We look forward to your participation!


Tracy MacMillan
Office Manager

Disabilities Issues Office

In Manitoba, October is

In 2012, Manitoba proclaimed October to be Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM). The proclamation was signed jointly by The Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade, The Honourable Jennifer Howard, Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, and The Honourable Stan Struthers, Minister responsible for the Civil Service.



Please join us for the Kick-Off of DEAM 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
at the Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites Hotel
1800 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg.

The kick-off will include videos promoting workplace inclusion and will be followed by time for refreshments and networking.

For more information and ideas on how to get involved in DEAM, visit www.deam-mb.ca.

Employers:
Ø  Participate in the Ability Axis Employment Expo October 23, 2013
Ø  Put up a DEAM poster
Ø  Review your policies and practices
Ø  Establish an Employee Resource Group
Ø  Train your supervisors with help from the DEAM Speakers Bureau
Ø  Educate employees

Community Organizations and Student Associations:
Ø  Hold a DEAM “management breakfast” or “brown-bag lunch”
Ø  Feature DEAM in your newsletter
Ø  Distribute DEAM posters
Ø  Nominate a manager for the 2013 Employers Awards

Let us share your ideas, promote your event and help drive even greater participation by sending your information to
info@deam-mb.ca and we will include you on our events calendar!