Clare resident wins Mooney altruism award

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Provincial disability awards also recognize Yarmouth business

Ten employers in the province, including one from Yarmouth, have been recognized for championing persons with disabilities in the workplace. 

Shelly Delaney, representing Marco's Grill and Pasta House, Yarmouth, was one of the ten selected for recognition.

They were presented with the Lieutenant Governor's Persons with Disabilities Employer Partnership Awards Monday, Dec. 2, in Halifax. Micco Companies, based in Halifax, was selected from the 10 regional recipients, for the provincial award for outstanding achievement.

The award acknowledges and honours employers who promote best practices towards the employment, independence, and service to persons with disabilities. Other recipients were:

-- Brenda and Warren Chapman, Changes Hair Studio, Amherst

-- Carol Church, Church's Valufoods, Marion Bridge, Cape Breton Regional Municipality

-- Scott Clements, Clements Janitorial Services, Bridgewater

-- Donnie Mariner, Foodland Village Grocery, St. Peter's, Richmond Co.

-- Laurie Wheatley, Lewis Mouldings, Weymouth, Digby Co.

-- Dave LeBlanc, Sobeys (Atlantic Team), Halifax

-- Eric Turner, Turner's Handyman and Snow Removal, Kentville

-- Sherry Keen, Windsor Elms Village, Falmouth, Hants Co.

The David and Kathleen Mooney Altruism Award was also named at the symposium. Claredon Robicheau of Clare, Digby Co. was recognized for his commitment to human rights, volunteer work and forming the first community-based transportation system in the province. The award is presented in memory of David Mooney of Yarmouth, who dedicated many years to helping persons with disabilities.

"I commend all the employers recognized for their commitment to building a more inclusive society for our citizens," said Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant. "On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the award finalists and Micco Companies, as the provincial award recipient, for their well-deserved recognition this evening."

 Nominations were accepted by the Collaborative Partnership Network from regional groups. Members of the network, Team Work Cooperative and the Workbridge nominated Micco and work closely with its team to deliver training for clients.

The awards coincide with the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities on Dec. 3. They were presented at the 6th Annual Symposium on Inclusive Employment and Education: Ability Starts Here - From Conversation to Action.

 The Collaborative Partnership Network works to create and maintain employment partnerships between persons with disabilities and employers. There are 198,685 persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia. The network has worked with nearly 2,000 people who are either returning to work or entering the labour force and this number grows every year. Through the network people can gain access to training, job referrals and access to resources.

 

Organizations: Micco Companies, Grill and Pasta House, Digby Co. Hair Studio Carol Church Richmond Co. Collaborative Partnership Network Sobeys Hants Co.

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Halifax, Cape Breton Falmouth Nova Scotia

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