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Open Door Group offers a wide selection of programs and services across British Columbia.

September is Disability Employment Month in BC.

Don't miss our "LIMITLESS POSSIBILITIES" Disability Resource Fairs in Oliver, Lillooet and Sechelt!

To increase awareness and promote the hiring, inclusion and advancement of people with disabilities in British Columbia, the provincial government has proclaimed September 2015 as the second annual Disability Employment Month (#disabilityBC). To celebrate, Open Door Group is hosting a Disability Resource Fair in your community. Come and attend the free event to find out more about the resources available in your community for persons with disabilities. There will be educational booths, guest speakers, cake, and much more!


Thursday, September 24th
Oliver Community Centre (6359 Park Drive)
Click here for more information.


Wednesday, September 23rd
Lillooet Recreational Centre (930 Main St)
Click here for more information.


Tuesday, September 29th
Seaside Centre (5790 Toledo St)
Click here for more information.

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12th Annual Summer Salsa Challenge Spices Up Summer in Kamloops

August 31, 2015

And...The Team Spirit Award goes to the Salsa Sisters!
And...The Team Spirit Award goes to the Salsa Sisters!
Friday, August 21st represented the 12th Annual Summer Salsa Challenge at Open Door Group's Gardengate Centre in Kamloops.

Well over 100 people attended the signature event. Event participants sampled tasty salsa made with ingredients fresh from the Garden, and voted on the Salsa recipe they enjoyed the most (People's Choice Award).

This year, 11 community organizations participated in the challenge.  Each group received a box of organic produce from the Garden to make their unique and delicious salsa recipes to present and be judged at the event.  

Fresh is Best Salsa, a locally grown Kamloops company, donated their famous tortilla chips to be used by attendees and testers at the event.  Fresh is Best also offered one of their master salsa chef´s to test and choose the winner of the Judge's Choice Award.  

Last but not least, audience members voted for the team with the greatest display of Team Spirit and honoured their efforts with the Team Spirit Award!  

A 2.8 acre certified organic garden, Gardengate supports innovative and non-traditional skills development for individuals with mental health conditions. Maintenance of the garden, including; growing, maintaining, and harvesting, as well as managing the product, including; selling, preserving and cooking, all offer multiple options for skill development and learning.  These options can be as simple as learning how to work more effectively with others, to gaining valuable mechanical skills through the maintenance of the tractor.

In addition to the work this program does with participants, Gardengate also contributes to the health and wellness of the community by donating close to 20,000lbs of organic produce each year!

The Gardengate Program is a partnership program between Open Door Group and the Kamloops Food Policy Council, funded by the Interior Health Authority.

Special thanks for the 12th Annual Summer Salsa Challenges go to Rob Wright, David Hoar and Bev Mckee; our Summer Student, Erica McLellan, the program participants, volunteers, numerous sponsors, and event attendees. Thank you everyone.

We hope to see you back at Gardengate for Pumpkins of Light this Fall!

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.

Kamloops Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Awards

Nomination closes September 7!

Kamloops Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Awards
September is Disability Employment Month in BC. Support the movement by nominating an employer that demonstrates inclusive hiring practices for 1 of 3 Kamloops Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Awards!

Employee Spotlight Award
This award recognizes an individual with a disability who has successfully overcome obstacles and is now working for over 1 year. Nominees will have demonstrated excellence through being a role model in the workplace by breaking down stereotypes and by showcasing their abilities. Nominate now.

Employer Champion Award
This award recognizes an employer who year after year fosters an inclusive environment, embrace team strengths and demonstrates the benefits of diversity hiring. This award honours workplaces where diversity and inclusion are core values. Nominate now.

Breakout Employer Champion Award
This award honours an employer who is working towards being an Employer Champion. This employer is a new business or an existing business who has made big strides this year to include diversity and inclusion. Nominate now.

Together, lets recognize those in our community who are making a difference and who understand the business case for inclusive hiring. The nomination close date is September 7th so please help spread the word!

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