UnTapped 2020 Nominations Form
The BC Workplace Inclusion Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC employers and individuals who are leading the way in disability inclusion in the workplace. More and more businesses today are beginning to look to this untapped talent pool as a key component of their business strategy because they know that inclusive employers attract top talent.
From large businesses to non-profit organizations, from managers to frontline staff, the BC Workplace Inclusion Awards honour those who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering accessible, inclusive workplaces.
Award nominees must be:
- An individual who lives and/or works in BC or
- An employer that operates in BC
- Award nominees may be self-nominated, or nominated by another individual
- Satisfy each of the nomination criteria for the selected award category
- Consent to the nomination and the publication of their name and photo (if needed)
- Agree to be contacted by the Untapped Awards Selection Committee for additional information, or clarification
// SELECTION PROCESS
Nominations will be reviewed and scored by an independent Untapped Awards Selection Committee. The Committee includes private and public sector representatives who themselves have demonstrated leadership and excellence in championing accessibility and inclusion in the workplace. Please note that only completed applications will be accepted. Applicants who submit their applications after February 14, 2020 will not be considered. The Committee reserves the right to withhold, reassign or revoke an award in any category at its discretion. The Committee and Open Door Group reserves the right to revoke an award at its discretion should an incumbent recipient demonstrate a material conflict with the mission, vision, and ethics of the Untapped Awards and Open Door Group.
// NOMINATION FORM SUBMISSION
Nomination form must be completed and submitted online before February 14, 2020 for consideration. You can only choose one award category for each submission.
Please note that your work cannot be saved in the online form. We recommend you draft and save your completed work in a Word format, then simply copy and paste all the information to the online form when you are finished. Should you wish to edit or add additional information to your application after submission, you can have it done online or connect with us at
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There are 5 categories that you can choose from to submit a nomination for:
1) INCLUSION CHAMPION – Individual Inclusion Champion (Individual or Leadership) Behind every program or initiative, is an inclusion champion leading the way. We recognize that even large efforts start with a single person who makes inclusion a priority and dedicates their time and effort to putting that cause front and centre. Award winners are people who have made a name for themselves professionally as someone who rallies, educates, and exemplifies the ideals that an accessible and inclusive workplace is a strong workplace. When selecting a winner, testimonials from coworkers and a history of public commitment to accessibility in the workplace and disability inclusion are important factors, in addition to specific examples.
2) INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Small Business
Small BC Business (1-99 employers)
Accounting for 98% of businesses in BC, the majority of small businesses have less than 20 employees. Robust Human Resources programs are often not a reality, yet many small businesses impact lives through inclusive values. The Small BC Business Category recognizes business that have demonstrated a commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace. These companies exemplify that no matter of size, a team made up of many different strengths is smart business sense. Both workplace atmosphere and employee impact are important factors, in addition to specific examples of tapping into the talent pool of people with diverse abilities.
Eligibility: Nominees must in be operation within BC, and have a maximum of 99 employees.
3) INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Medium/ Large Business
Medium/Large BC Business (more than 100 employees)
From policies and procedures to diversity initiatives, Medium and Large Business Champions demonstrate a commitment to identifying and employing diverse individuals and engaging them in an inclusive workplace. Large Business Champions invest in their team. They look beyond traditional recruitment and retention strategies in order to support the development of their staff, while maintaining a strong bottom line. Their actions support the belief that an accessible and inclusive workplace is a strong workplace.
Eligibility: Nominees must in be operation within BC and have more than 100 employees.
4) INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Non-Profit & Public Sector
With approximately 26,000 non-profit organizations in BC, this sector employs more than 120,000 British Colombians. The work of NPOs has significant impact on communities across the province. The Non-Profit Organization category recognizes those organization that beyond a mission to serve the community, as an employer, they walk the talk in demonstrating accessibility and inclusion to their own workplace.
Inclusion within the Public Sector’s workforce is essential to serving a diverse public. Public Sector inclusive culture champions include government ministries, municipalities, townships, districts, post-secondary institutions, local health authorities and emergency service providers. These workplaces have clear goals and easily identifiable reporting metrics when it comes to inclusion in the workplace. They introduce innovative ways of engaging people with disabilities within their community.
Eligibility: Nominees must be registered as a non-profit organization or be in the public sector.
5) INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Social Enterprise
A social enterprise is a business that trades to create positive social impact, be it social, cultural, community economic and/or environmental outcomes. The business has a clear sense of its ‘social mission’, which is publicly identified. Nominees in this category demonstrate an inclusive workforce, tapping into the strengths of people with diverse abilities.
Eligibility: Nominees must be registered as a social enterprise organization in BC.
Presented by the Presidents Group: RISING STAR AWARD – The winner will be selected by the Presidents Group from members of their Community of Accessible Employers. The Rising Star Award will recognize an organization in the Community that demonstrates an emerging practice of accessibility and inclusion in the workplace. This award winner is selected by the Presidents Group and not part of this nomination process.
To become part of the Presidents Group's Community of Accessible Employers, visit:
I wish to nominate for: (please select the category that you are nominating)
INCLUSION CHAMPION – Individual (Individual or Leadership)
INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Small BC Business (1-99 employees)
INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION –Medium & Large BC Business (100+ employees)
INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Non-Profit Organization & Public Sector
INCLUSIVE CULTURE CHAMPION – Social Enterprise
Are you nominating your own organization?
The following questions are specifically in relation to the nominee.
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How many paid employees (full-time, part-time, contract and casual) do you have (as of date of this submission)?
LEADERSHIP: Please describe how the nominee demonstrates or proposes to demonstrate leadership in inclusive hiring of persons with disabilities and engagement practices (More specifically, it should highlight the nominee’s leadership activities and examples such as effective communication, decision making, team building, training, and strategic thinking to help foster disability inclusion at the workplace). Answer up to 500 words.
Response provides a specific example(s) of the nominee's past or proposed leadership activities and how it promotes and fosters inclusive hiring and engagement.
IMPACT: Please describe how the nominee’s contributions make a difference in making the world of work more accessible and inclusive. (It should describe how the nominee’s actions and/or activities create a long-term impact and provide any evidence that exists to support the impact and its immediate effects). Answer up to 500 words.
Response provides specific actions or activities. Describe how these actions or activities have had a positive effect and made an impact on accessibility and inclusion in the workplace, and what the positive effect and impact is/was.
INNOVATION: Please describe how the nominee demonstrates innovative initiatives to help build an accessible and inclusive workforce to meet the talent needs (How creative is this initiative? Does it build on previous success or chart a new path towards disability inclusion?). Answer up to 500 words.
Response provides a specific example(s) of innovative initiatives demonstrating how this has helped build an accessible and inclusive workplace as well as meet talent needs. Specific impact of initiatives should be described.
I agree that I have advised the nominee and gained their consent. I understand that the Untapped Awards Selection Committee or Award Organizers may seek additional information from relevant partners, including managers, peers, employees and family members. I understand that the Committee reserves the right to re-allocate any nomination to a more appropriate category. Please note that only completed application will be accepted. Applicants who submit their applications after February 14, 2020 will not be considered. The Committee reserves the right to withhold, reassign or revoke an award in any category at its discretion. The Committee and Open Door Group reserves the right to revoke an award at its discretion should an incumbent recipient demonstrate a material conflict with the mission, vision, and ethics of the Untapped Awards and Open Door Group.
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