CASE Newsletter 2017 
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Staying connected and up to date with our national membership is important to us.  In this Newsletter edition CASE Board Members share the latest news on national initiatives and important new connections.  Member organizations share their latest local news, controversial blogs, and inclusive employment success stories.  Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to share your thoughts!

22nd Annual National Supported Employment Conference
Return On Inclusion

The National Supported Employment Conference is less than one month away! Register soon; with over 40 workshops this is sure to be a conference you won't want to miss.

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will be speaking to the delegation before lunch on May 31st. The Minister will provide an overview of the Accessibility Act and results of the consultations thus far.

Table discussion with guiding questions  will follow the overview.

The session will end with a Q and A period with questions from the floor to the Minister focusing on the table talk.

Mentorability Teaser- this photo is from the April 18th video shoot for the Mentorability story. It will be debuted at the CASE conference.

Case Board Member Bio: Janice Ainsworth

Entrepreneurial spirit combined with a passion to make a vital difference in society and the lives of persons with disabilities landed Janice the position as the Executive Director at TEAM Work Cooperative in 2001.  TEAM Work Cooperative has made great advancements as a known agency for service excellence in employment services for persons with disabilities, under Janice’s leadership.

Janice attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Janice currently sits on the Executive of the Ability Employers Board, Co-chair for the Collaborative Partnership Network Society of Nova Scotia, is a board member for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network and serves on the Board of the Canadian Association of Supported Employment.  Janice was the host for the four year Nova Scotia Persons with Disabilities Employability Table project, which produced the Blueprint for Action: a Report to Achieve Equitable Access to Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Nova Scotia.

Under Janice’s leadership, TEAM Work Cooperative became one of the eighteen Nova Scotia Works Centres in Nova Scotia bringing Inclusive Employment Services to Halifax.

Janice led the first Ability Starts Here Symposium for Persons with Disabilities and developed the partnership with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, the Disabled Persons Commission and the Collaborative Partnership Network to bring this successful event to its 10th year in 2018.   

Janice was the recipient of the 2012 Progress Women of Excellence Award in the category of Management and the Professions.

Sean Wiltshire Honored at Zero Project International Awards Conference

We are pleased to announce that Sean Wiltshire has been honored at the International Level at the Zero Project International Awards Conference at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. Sean has been part of the team at Disability Rights Promotion International and has been working on an employment development project in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal.

The Zero Project selects Innovative Practices that improve the lives of persons with disability and supports the implementation of the UN Convention on the  Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
This year, 260 innovative solutions concerning Employment, Work and Vocational Education and Training were nominated by the Zero Project’s network of experts from around the world. Out of these, 68 Innovative Practices and Policies have been selected as the most outstanding; the DRPI AWARE project was one of these projects.

Sean Wiltshire is the Founding President of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment has been working in the field of employment for over 25 years as the Chief Executive Officer of Avalon Employment Inc. in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Sean is a professional speaker and diversity consultant to many companies, governments and organizations across Canada and South East Asia, and is currently working as part of a team to develop a similar employment program in Africa.
-Shelley Andrews (NL)
Collective Impact- a model for CASE to collaborate to make changes in the employment inclusion of people with disabilities.  Last year at the 21st annual Conference in Edmonton Collective Impact was introduced as an approach that would help CASE focus on the critical elements of a common agenda, shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing ideas, and continuous communication.  During the conference participants learned about collective impact and how it works, participated in learning labs to discuss the priority areas and helped to draft a Common agenda.  After the conference the Board reviewed the documents and have come up with the follow statement and priority areas that we will build on during the upcoming Conference in May 2017:

Canada will increase the rate of employment of Canadians with disabilities from the current approximate rate of 50% - to 60% employment within the next three years.

Ultimately seeking employment equality for people with disabilities in Canada.

Six priority areas:
Priority Area 1: Youth, Family, Schools
Priority Area 2: Improving Research & Measurement
Priority Area 3: Funding et al.
Priority Area 4: Collaboration Across the Country
Priority Area 5: Engaging Employers & Increasing Understanding
Priority Area 6: Meaningful Engagement, Training & Employment

I am happy to be coming to the 22nd Annual Conference in Niagara Falls to build on what has already happened and to guide you all through the next steps to move your collective impact agenda forward.  We will work in groups based on the priority areas and start to frame the work that will need to be done for each of the priority areas. 

Looking forward to see you all in May!

Heather Keam
Managing Community Animator
Learning Services
Tamarack Institute

CASE Board Member Bio: Jane Orrell BA, DSW, CDMP, CCDP Executive Director, Nova Scotia Works Island Employment (NS)

Jane has more than 30 years combined professional experience working with diverse cultures in the Employment & Career development Field. She has a strong background in Community Collaboration and has been the Executive Director of Island Employment since 2001, managing 4 locations.

Jane holds a Bachelor Arts degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Diploma in Social Work from the University of Waterloo; she is a certified Rehabilitative Worker, is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Non-Profit Leadership Management Program, she holds a Diploma in Disability Management through Dalhousie University and is a Certified Career Development Practitioner.

Jane is the current Chair of the Nova Scotia Career Development Association, Co Chair of the Collaborate Partnership Network of Nova Scotia, has served on numerous committees and boards, has worked collaboratively with government departments and government representatives to lead positive change in the area of employment services and programs for diverse groups. Jane is currently leading an initiative to implement universal design in 52 Nova Scotia Works Centres across the Province.

Jane’s professional career choice has been driven by a personal passion for people. Her guidance, direction, driven nature and her passion has lead to the development of an inclusive “One Stop Shopping” employment services model which prioritizes service excellence, fiscal responsibility and accountability.
First World Conference on Supported Employment
Employment For All- A Global Perspective
(Belfast June 14-16)

There is still time to register for the First World Conference on Supported Employment. Visit the website to find the program and accommodation suggestions.
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