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NEADS' Vancouver Strategies to Employment Forum

A Forum for Post-Secondary Students and Recent
Graduates with Disabilities

  • Plan an effective job search
  • Gain insight into disclosing a disability in the workplace
  • Get tips for arranging job accommodations
  • Find a networking style that works for you
  • Learn how to prepare for interviews
  • Discover what employers are looking for

Employers, service providers, and other professionals are welcome.
Registration is 0.00 for students and 45.00 for professionals
Lunch and refreshments will be served!

Event Registration

Please register by November 9, 2012

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If you need disability-related accommodations, require sign language interpretation, or have dietary restrictions, please provide details when you register.


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For more information: Telephone 778-330-2087 or 1-877-670-1256 or E-mail:

November 9, 2012
9:00 - 4:00

Crystal Ballroom
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
4083 McKay Avenue
Burnaby, BC

An interactive day that can make a difference in your employment and educational pursuits!

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Government of Canada

This project is funded by the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness Program.


8:00 – 9:00

Registration & Refreshments

9:00 - 9:05

Welcome: Jessica Dunkley, NEADS

9:05 - 9:10

NEADS Board Opening Remarks: Christine Nieder, NEADS

9:10 - 9:15

Overview of Day: Jessica Dunkley, NEADS

9:15 - 9:30

Welcome: Peter Julian, MP for Burnaby-New Westminster

9:30 - 10:15

Keynote Speaker
"Steps to Success: The Key to Gaining Access"
Nora McKellin, MSW, RSW

10:15 - 10:30

Health Break

10:30 - 11:10

Conducting an Effective Job Search and Networking:
Melisa Crosby, MBA, RRP, CRTWC
Information and Resource Specialist
Spinal Cord Injury BC

11:10 - 12:00

Disclosure in the Workplace - A Discussion
Alona Puehse, Director of Public Relations and Corporate Development, Open Door Group
Doug Seanor, Job Developer, Open Door Group
Andrea Lindsay, Regional Sourcing and Diversity Advisor, Western Canada, RBC

12:00 - 1:00


1:00 - 2:00

Get that Job Interview by Branding your Resume:
Laureen McCleery, Career Facilitator/Job Developer,
Neil Squire Society

2:00 - 2:15

Student’s Personal Employment Experience:

2:15 - 2:30

Health Break

2:30 - 3:15

Is It A Job Or Career? What retail employers are looking for:
Cliff Yeo, Advisor, Human Resources,
Canada Safeway Limited


Interview Tips - Do's and Dont's:
Tim Sjögren, Attraction and Recruitment Consultant,

3:45 - 3:55

NEADS Scholarship

3:55 - 4:00

Door Prizes and closing

4:00 - 4:30




  • Out of respect for those with sensitivities, please do not wear perfumes or colognes, and do not bring any products containing nuts.


  • Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC)
  • Primerica
  • Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
  • Neil Squire Society
  • Open Door Group
  • Service Canada
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Vancity
  • Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


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