EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week, Todd and Sandra Brown (pictured above) from Brown’s Independentwon a Celebration of People award, recognizing their work to promote accessibility, inclusion and full community participation by citizens with disabilities. They’ve hired individuals with disabilities to work at the grocery store and provided co-op placements to high school students with physical and development disabilities. We’ve received several congratulatory letters from the community. Here’s a sample.
EDITOR’S NOTE:Brown’s Independent wasn’t the only Stittsville recipient at the Celebration of People awards. They’re joined by Jaimie Klachan among this year’s winners.
Jaimie Klachan moved to Ottawa in 2009 to attend university. In 2013 she got involved in the Ottawa Power Wheelchair Hockey League (OPWHL) and is currently their Board Secretary and Fundraising Director. As Fundraising Director, Jaimie is not just securing funds she is also bringing the community closer together by advocating for inclusion and educating people about para-sports. At university she was an assistant for the only para swimmer on the Carleton University swim team, and implemented a specialized swimming sponsorship program. In addition, Jaimie was employed for six years as a personal attendant at Carleton University and has continued this work off-campus for the last three years. Continue reading →
Brown’s Independent has been nominated for this year’s Celebration of People awards, recognizing the achievements and contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations promoting accessibility, inclusion and full community participation by citizens with disabilities.
“Owners, Todd and Sandra Brown, have a long history of providing individuals with disabilities opportunities to work in their store, learn various skills and be contributing members of their community. They have brought awareness to the business and local community of the benefits of training and hiring people with disabilities, the positive impacts this has on the person and their families, the store staff and customers. The Browns have been true advocates and role models as business owners making their store an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. In addition, they were the first grocery store to develop and run baking classes for individuals with disabilities and they offer numerous co-op placements to students with physical and developmental disabilities from the local high school. A number of these students have gone on to be permanent employees at the store. The Browns have also supported Special Olympic athletes, events to raise funds for numerous causes, such as the Annual Motorcycle Ride for Autism and were willing participants on the employers’ panel at Citizen Advocacy’s 2015 Caregiver Retreat.”