Community Roadmap to Employment
- Thursday, October 6th 2016
DREN is searching for 100 people who are passionate about increasing the economic participation of youth with disabilities in Durham Region.
Together we are going to develop a Community Roadmap to Employment with the long term goal of increasing labour market attachment for youth with multiple barriers to employment.
How are we going to do it?
By inviting each of you to take responsibility for what you care about.
Get on the guest list by emailing email@example.com and circle the date November 25th for a full day of community planning and organizing. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-roadmap-to-employment-for-youth-with-disabilities-november-25th-tickets-28584465907
Happy National Disability Employment Awareness Month!!!!
The Durham Workforce Authority intends to carry out a number of surveys in order to obtain just in time labour market information that is community specific and more detailed than data obtained through secondary sources. Frequently, Statistics Canada data cannot be extracted to smaller geographies due to smaller populations and confidentiality issues.
The Durham Under 30 Survey includes an assessment of five of the nine federally identified essential skills. These results can be compared against the LEPC Employer Survey to contrast the essential skill levels of the youth population against the essential skill levels desired by local employers. A gap analysis will allow the LEPC to develop skills gap strategies.
As well as being available on paper, each survey is available on FluidSurvey (as the data is held in Canada):
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
- Thursday, September 29th 2016
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month in Canada and the United States. Follow us on twitter @DRENNews or the hashtag #DRENNews as we show that Inclusion Works. Other hashtags to follow are #NDEAM, #DEAM, #EngageTalent and #InclusionWorks. Check out the links to our profiles of persons with disabilities who have found rewarding employment in Durham Region.
Employers in Durham Region are hiring persons with disabilities https://youtu.be/BM425lQPIBY
2013 Capitalizing on CapABILITIES Conference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDZ3hq_S-oY
EmployABILITY Awards 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWr5pWWWsJM
EmployABILITY Awards 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa5A8ZSEC08
EmployABILITY Awards 2011 http://vimeo.com/25139255
EmployABILITY Awards 2010 http://vimeo.com/12552919
EmployABILITY Awards 2009 http://vimeo.com/5188984
EmployABILITY Awards 2008 http://vimeo.com/25097093
Check out our Capitalizing on CapABILITIES blog for interesting articles and profiles of businesses in Durham Region who are benefiting from hiring people with disabilities:
DREN to remain open with help from the community
- Friday, September 30th 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oshawa, ON, September 30, 2016 – The Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) is pleased to announce that an agreement has been approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) for a one year project. With the addition of regional funding DREN will be able to keep its doors open.
"This would not have happened without the overwhelming support of the community. If anyone has ever felt their voice does not matter this is a perfect example of the impact your voice has,” stated Donna McAllister, executive director of DREN. “With this funding DREN will lead and facilitate a community roadmap to employment for youth with multiple barriers to employment in Durham Region. More importantly it will be community led and community driven. We will be sharing more during October which just happens to be National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”
DREN was preparing to close its doors in October after serving the community for twenty three years. DREN works in collaboration with employment services and community supports to increase the economic participation of those furthest from the labour market.
DREN has been in existence since 1993 and is a first-point of inquiry for many job seekers with multiple barriers to employment in Durham. DREN’s office is co-located in the Canadian Mental Health Association Durham building which serves as a community mental health and primary care centre. DREN is a recognized leader in bringing together people and resources to support persons with barriers to employment in Durham Region. A strong network, DREN is a model often emulated in other regions. On June 1st DREN’s many accomplishments were recognized provincially by the Governor General of Ontario with the awarding of the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.
DREN receives David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility
- Thursday, June 2nd 2016
The Durham Region Employment Network (DREN) is one of eleven recipients in the province to receive the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility. The awards, presented June 1, 2016 at Queen’s Park, recognize those who demonstrate leadership in accessibility and disability issues.
Her Honour, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, presented the awards alongside the Honourable David C. Onley and Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, on behalf of Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. The Honourable David C. Onley, Ontario’s former Lieutenant Governor, has long been a champion for disability and accessibility issues.
DREN was nominated by CMHA Durham and received the Champion Award which recognizes individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond to raise awareness of accessibility, while improving the lives of people with disabilities in their communities.
Since 1993, DREN has been committed to making workplaces and hiring processes accessible to people of all abilities. DREN does this through collaboration and partnership. DREN is a network of 35 employment and community organizations that share leads, research best practices, and boost business awareness. DREN’s awards programs and conferences inspire local businesses to expand their talent pool and increase inclusion. DREN’s website brings thousands of job seekers together to find opportunities and services tailored to their skills and needs, making employment more accessible and achievable across the region.
DREN was one of four Durham Region recipients of the award which also included Mark Wafer, the Abilities Centre and the Durham Regional Police Services. “DREN’s recent focus has been to create a community of practice for inclusion in employment”, said Donna McAllister, Executive Director of DREN. “With the high representation of our region at these awards it is clear that Durham is prime to lead the way to a community where employment is accessible to all!”