Tri-Cities Chamber Disability Initiative

Tri Cities Chamber Challenge

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a new initiative to help local businesses become Disability Confident. The idea is to raise awareness about people with disabilities, and make businesses a more inclusive place to work.

The Tri-Cities Chamber wants small businesses to contact them to learn about the Tri-Cities 10 by 10 Challenge. I believe the idea is to have a certain percentage of businesses hiring people with disabilities by 2010, but there’s nothing in the press release that really states that, as the Chamber wants you to contact them to talk about it.

Businesses that contact the Chamber for more information are entered into a draw to win two entries to the Annual Chamber Golf Tournament to be held on May 14th.

To Enter, contact Karen at the Tri-Cities Chamber

call 604-464-2716, or email

contest closes on May 7th

You can download the contest information PDF here



Just got an email from Karen at the Chamber with some more information about the project and how we can get involved.

“The 10 by 10 Challenge is about increasing employment for persons with disabilities by 10% by the year 2010. It was issued in 2006 by Minister Claude Richmond and then Mayor Sam Sullivan.”

“Locally, the Tri-Cities 10 by 10 Challenge works on building community capacity. We’re working on increasing awareness levels through customer service and employment. From there, we want to effect a long term thinking to have the local business community engaged in Disability Confidence (the act of thinking inclusively in all aspects of the business) so that there eventually will be no difference between hiring persons with disabilities and just hiring.”

The next event is:
May 7th – Business AM Breakfast
“Issues and Solutions: Managing Mental Health in the Workplace”

Award Winning seminar by the Canadian Mental Health Association and Mental Health Works offering practical strategies for business owners and managers on how to identify and address mental health issues including emotional distress and burnout at work. Engaging case studies to be provided.

 Thursday, May 7th, 9:00 am to 11:30 am
  Boardroom B3011, Douglas College David Lam Campus
  1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
  Members $20, Future Members $25 (plus GST)

~ Muffins, coffee and fruit will be served ~

Thanks Karen!

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