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 equitable, 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 equitable and 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 equitable, 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 equity, 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 operate in BC, and have an embedded mission to achieve social, cultural or environmental aims through the sale of goods and services.
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: http://accessibleemployers.ca/join/