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Kelly Mansell, co-owner of Rocket Bakery and Fresh Food on Water Street in St. John’s (Newfoundland), and Michelle Pennell, front store manager at Shopper’s Drug Mart on LeMarchant Road, were the other two panellists who have hired people with disabilities.
“I encourage any employer to take part and hire someone with a disability,” she said. “Working with Eric has enriched our lives. He wants to stay and work with us, there are very few absences and he’s just awesome to be around.”
Don Gallant, Ready, Willing and Able’s national co-ordinator, said less than 30 per cent of people with intellectual disabilities or ASD have jobs. “That’s the unfortunate reality despite all the work that has been done over the years by different groups and agencies,” he said.
Gallant also said it is those realities that led to a discussion with Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney to try to change the situation. “It took a bit of work and the funding was announced in the 2014 budget. After some planning we started to unroll it across the country in October. It’s a very exciting program,” he said.
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