December 3rd, 2015
Employment Coordinator and former business manager Jane Fiedorek has been acknowledged for her leadership and taking action to help people with disabilities. She has received the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) 10th Anniversary Champion Award, following a nomination process.
The award, presented by the Province of Ontario and the Association of Municipal Clerks & Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), celebrates the 10th anniversary of the AODA and the leadership of accessibility champions across the province. The AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Award was presented by Mayor Ken Hewitt at the November 23rd meeting of Haldimand County Council.
Above: AODA 10th Anniversary Champion Award Winner Jane Fiedorek and PATH Employment Services Executive Director Brad Spencer
Cayuga, ON – November 23, 2015 – Haldimand County Council recently recognized Employment Coordinator and former business manager Jane Fiedorek, as the recipient of an AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) 10th Anniversary Champion Award. This award recognizes “outstanding individuals who demonstrate passion and commitment in the promotion of awareness of accessibility and inclusiveness in their community.”
The Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO), with the support of the Government of Ontario, sponsored this one-time award on the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of the AODA. The award identifies individuals who demonstrate local leadership in accessibility and disability issues as well as a passion and commitment in their promotion of awareness of disability related issues.
A strong and passionate humanitarian, Jane was recognized for her openness to hiring people with disabilities as the manager of Johnny Famous restaurant in Dunnville. She hired, trained and supported her staff with a variety of disabilities during and after work hours. Two years ago she dedicated her career to helping others, now working as an Employment Coordinator with PATH Employment Services. PATH is a Hamilton based, non-profit agency that helps place over 300 people with disabilities a year.
PATH’s Executive Director, Brad Spencer acknowledges Jane’s compassion and dedication to each individual she works to connect to meaningful employment. “We are proud of Jane and her team members for their level of commitment and efforts to promote access and inclusion.”
In her nomination of Ms. Fiedorek, Supervisor of Community and Social Services Stacey Robertson noted Jane continues to break down barriers of accessibility with the clientele she supports today and with any individual she witnesses in need of supports in her community.
Above: Fiedorek poses with Stacey Robertson, Supervisor of Community and Social Services in Niagara Region, who nominated Jane for this award.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005
Ontario is the first province and one of the first jurisdictions in the world to enact specific legislation establishing a goal and time-frame for accessibility. It is also the first jurisdiction to legislate accessibility reporting and to establish standards so people with disabilities can participate more actively in their communities.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 lays out the goal of an accessible Ontario by 2025. The act provides for standards to be developed so that organizations, both public and private, can spread out their accessibility investments over time, and they can plan ahead and incorporate capital expenditures into their normal business plans and strategies.
Disability impacts the lives of many Ontarians, and the numbers of people with disabilities is increasing. Today, 15.5% of Ontario’s population has a disability and this number will continue to grow as the population ages.
Improving accessibility is the right thing to do. It’s also the smart thing to do. According to the Royal Bank of Canada, people with disabilities have an estimated spending power of about $25 billion annually across Canada. People with disabilities also represent a large pool of untapped employment potential. When we make Ontario accessible to people with disabilities everyone benefits.
Breaking Barriers Together
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