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Project Everybody Embraces an Inclusive Vancouver

August 17, 2015

Project Everybody Embraces an Inclusive Vancouver

Project EveryBody returns to Vancouver this Fall with five exciting events!

Running the gamut from film festival to employment forum, this dynamic event series showcases the vibrant energy of inclusive communities, where individuals of all bodies and all abilities are celebrated and embraced.

The series kicks off with the 6th Annual International DisAbility Film, Art and Culture Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre (Sept 16), and jumps straight into the Employment Forum and Hiring Fair for Persons with Disabilities (Sept 21). The Youth HallowSCREAM Party carries the creative momentum through October and adds a dash of fun to the mix with food, games, costume contests, and a retro screening of Ghostbusters at Creekside Community Centre (Oct 29).

In November, the focus turns to health and wellness with the Healthy Living and Recreation Fair (Nov 19), empowering people of all abilities to reach their health, recreation and wellness goals by bringing together accessible programs and adapted fitness solutions. The series wraps up with a day-long UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities Celebration at the Roundhouse Community Centre, featuring various entertainers, performers, musicians, film, and art (Dec 3).

In a multicultural city like Vancouver, Project EveryBody fills an important niche by highlighting diverse abilities as an important dimension of diversity and inclusion. According to Alona Puehse, Open Door Group´s Executive Director of Corporate Development, “we often avoid looking too closely at people with disabilities or avoid talking about their differences, either out of politeness or because we´re afraid of causing offense. But when you´re trying so hard to avoid noticing the differences, you often miss out on all the good stuff too.” By putting the language of “abilities” front and centre, Project EveryBody celebrates the achievements of people with disabilities and promotes the creation of thriving communities that not only include difference but embrace it.

In line with their mandate, the organizers have made every effort to make Project EveryBody a fully accessible event. All events are free and open to the public. All event venues are wheelchair accessible. ASL interpreters, CART and Audio Description will be available on site.

Project EveryBody is sponsored by Open Door Group, Vancity, The City of Vancouver, Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, and PosAbilities, and presented in partnership with Neil Squire Society, Spinal Cord Injury BC, Community Living British Columbia, Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation, and many more.

To receive the most updated event information, follow us on Facebook projecteverybody and Twitter @PRJEveryBody.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Charles Freund:
Email:  charles.freund@opendoorgroup.org
Phone: 604.872.0770 Ext. 2540
Website: http://www.Projecteverybody.ca

Open Door Group presents 3rd Annual BC Workplace Inclusion Awards

January 5, 2015

Hosted by CBC´s “man-about-town” Fred Lee, the 3rd annual UNTAPPED BC Workplace Inclusion Awards recognize employers and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diverse working environments.  

Taking place at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, this exciting evening will be attended by a range of employers from across British Columbia, hoping to be the winner in one of five categories. The Awards honour diversity and inclusion champions - individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a genuine commitment to supporting inclusive workplaces.

Past award winner Barb Richardson, a recruiter for FortisBC, was celebrated for her efforts and commitment to partnering with local service providers to recruit new immigrants, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal people.  

“Being recognized for my work in fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce was a very meaningful and personal career highlight,” says Richardson. “I believe diversity contributes to a high performance workplace, and creates a wider talent pool with broad range of skills and perspectives. It benefits both people and the organization, and it´s a good business decision.”

Individuals and companies of all sizes from all sectors which are operating in British Columbia are eligible for nomination and are encouraged to apply online before the January 31st deadline.

“This event is not about simply handing out awards” says Open Door Group´s Executive Director of Corporate Development, Alona Puehse. “It´s about recognizing that a company´s greatest resource is its people, and that companies that tap into a wider pool of candidates reap real rewards. Inclusive employers see diversity and inclusion as an integral part of their business strategy; one that is vital to their ability to innovate, adapt, and prosper”.

Keynote speaker, author David Roche will deliver an inspirational speech on the night entitled “The Road to Inclusion is paved with Grace and Humour”. David has transformed the challenges and gifts of living with a facial difference into a compelling message that uplifts and delights audiences around the world.

This special evening will also include inspiring performances that celebrate diversity.

The Awards night precedes the UNTAPPED 2015 BC Workplace Inclusion Conference speakers and workshops on March 10. For more information, please visit http://www.UNTAPPEDconference2015.ca.

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