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Leading the way for Inclusive Employment

September 9, 2015
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The Unofficial New Year

In This Issue:
  • Our Vice President & CFO retires
  • 2 CCRW staff win Awards of Excellence!
  • IRPP Report: Leaving Some Behind: What Happens When Workers Get Sick
  • 2015 Scotiabank Charity Challenge!
  • More About CCRW

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Thank you Venatius!

Venatius BabuVenatius Babu has retired from CCRW as our Vice President & CFO, effective August 2015. Venatius has worked with CCRW for 18 years. He has been an integral part of the organization, and his hard work has made CCRW what it is today. Everyone at CCRW congratulates and thanks you, Venatius!   Have fun with your travels!

Congratulations Greg and Danya!!

British Columbia's Career Development Awards of Excellence 2015

DanyaYellandAwardMentor of the Year
Dayna Yelland is the Employment Coordinator for the Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program (PWIP) BC site, a program of the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW). She works tirelessly to help her clients move forward in reaching their vocational goals. Others often mention how Dayna is able to quickly establish rapport with her clients and ease their stress and anxiety. Her passion and knowledge of her work is clearly demonstrated in her ability to promote trust, communication and motivation with her clients to help formulate an action plan to obtaining their goals. Even with heavy caseloads, Dayna not only inspires her clients, but also her colleagues as a role model for perseverance, dedication, and passion. Congratulations Dayna Yelland, the CDC 2015 Mentor of the Year!

Lifetime Service Achievement Award
GregTraversAwardGreg worked at the CCRW-PWIP BC site until 2013.  Greg has dedicated his career to Rehabilitation and Vocational counselling. He has worked with Rick Hansen to deliver education/inspirational sessions to many peers in his profession. Greg is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional, a Certified vocational rehabilitation consultant and a Certified Career Development Practitioner. For over thirty year, Greg has advocated for the special needs population. He was a founding member of the Advisory Committee for Simon Fraser University Disability Management Program. He was a part of The Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada – British Columbia for numerous years and was a key member of the Professional Development and Education Committee for organizing informative training events and national conferences throughout B.C. Greg has worked with the Cities of Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver and West Vancouver regarding building accessibility. Greg currently works to help WSBC, WCB-AB, WCB SASK, GWL and ICBC clients return to work. It is with great honour that BCCDA highlights his dedicated service and recognizes his contributions by presenting Greg Travers with the CDC 2015 Lifetime Service Achievement Award.

Institute for Research on Public Policy

Leaving Some Behind:  What Happens When Workers Get Sick

Released on September 3, 2015, this report highlights the need for a fundamental renewal of Canada’s income, disability and employment support system and calls on the federal government, and roundtable participants to champion the renewal. This report was based on a sponsored discussion by the MS Society, Canadian Cancer Society and Canadian Caregiver Coalition, on the burden and household impact of serious illness in Canada which included 33 participants from academia, think tanks, government, employers, and private insurance along with 7 health NGO’s. The meeting took place this past June in Ottawa and was convened by the Institute for Research on Public Policy.

Maureen Haan, President &
CEO of CCRW participated in Roundtable as a presenter with Adele Furrie discussing "Employment support: Leaving and returning to work".


“The burdens faced by Canadians with serious illness and their loved ones need to matter to governments. This report is the first major effort to quantify the issue of employable, ill Canadians being excluded from the labour market by public policy,” says Neil Pierce, National Vice President, Government Relations, MS Society of Canada. “It speaks to the impacts and high cost in the billions to Canadian households, governments, and employers. And perhaps more importantly, this report's recommendations show a constructive way out of this predicament. It's life-changing."

To read the entire report, please go to

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

CCRW is an Official Charity Partner for 2015

Scotiabank marathon logoCCRW is proud to become an official Charity Partner for the 2015 Scotiabank Charity Challenge!

Our team will be participating in the 5K run/walk on October 18! All money raised will go toward supporting CCRW clients and programs across the country. Fundraising will begin shortly!

We are still recruiting CCRW Marathon team members – if you are interested in participating in the run/walk and helping CCRW fundraise, please contact Jennifer Mitchell at for more information.

If you cannot participate, show your love for CCRW and support our team by sponsoring a runner/walker:  Monica WinklerJennifer Mitchell


slides15_letsgotorontoFor more information go to, and be sure to follow @CCRW of Twitter and Facebook for the latest news and updates! 

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More About CCRW

CCRW offers employment programs for persons with disabilities in 20 cities across Canada.  We also offer a Job Accommodation Service to employers for their employees with disabilities.  For more information on each program please go to our Programs and Services page or contact each program by email below:

Job Accommodation Service
Partners Program
New Brunswick Employment Services
Ontario Workplace Inclusion Program
Partners for Workplace Inclusion Program
Workplace Essential Skills Partnership
Youth the Future

CCRW AODA Consultations--The Job Accommodation Service®
AODA training, policy review and development, accessibility audits and solutions. 
For more information and to book a consultation, contact Nayla Farah, or 1-800-664-0925 x 224 or visit our website at

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