About DEAM

The CEFN is proud to celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month every October.  It is important to us to recognize and celebrate the outstanding inclusive employers and diverse employees that we work with.  DEAM 2016 features a wide range of exciting events that would not be possible without the support of this year’s partners.  We would like to applaud Mount Royal University, Bow Valley College, The City of Calgary, Calgary Economic Development, and the Picture This Film Festival for their dedication to inclusive employment.

DEAM 2016 Events


DEAM Proclamation

October 4, 2016 2:00pm – 2:30pm
City Hall Atrium, 800 Macleod Trail SE

Join us for the official launch of DEAM 2016 including the Mayor’s proclamation and details on upcoming DEAM events.


New Conversations

October 20, 2016 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Caffè Artigiano, 5010 Richard Road SW

MRU’s Institute for Community Prosperity is pleased to partner with the CEFN to feature DEAM in their New Conversations 2016 Event. Join us for “The Inclusive Community: Visible and Invisible Disabilities”, featuring Pecha-Kucha-style storytellers and table discussions.

Mount Royal University Letter of Support

Let's Talk Employment - Inclusive Leadership

October 6, 2016 (Time TBA)
Global Business Centre, 136 8 Ave SE

Calgary Economic Development Corporation and CEFN are excited to bring you a World Café event designed to create opportunities for employers to share personal experiences and success stories with other employers.  Join us for conversations on how to find and retain workers, while eliminating barriers to hiring people with disabilities.

#DEAMEmployer Awards Gala

October 26, 2016 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Engineered Air Theatre, 205 8 Ave SE

Calgary has so many incredible employers, it’s time to celebrate them! Nominations are rolling in, and will be accepted up until October 16, 2016. Join us as we celebrate DEAM and recognize this year’s DEAM Employer Award recipients.

DEAM Film Fest

October 19, 2016 (Time TBA)
Bow Valley College, 345 6 Ave SE

Bow Valley College, in partnership with the CEFN and Picture This Film Festival, are pleased to offer a unique one day film festival focusing on employment and individuals with disabilities as part of the workforce. There will be a broad selection of films highlighting local and international perspectives on this important issue, with opportunities for discussion.


Host Your Own DEAM Activity!

We’ve developed an Employer Toolkit with easy, fun activity ideas to help you celebrate DEAM with your organization!  Download the Toolkit below.


We’re looking for examples of employees with disabilities who shine in their roles (#DEAMjobs). Submit your success stories (50 words max) using this form and we’ll post them throughout October.

Submit Your DEAM Job

Celebrate with Us All Month Long!

We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of everyone, including individuals with disabilities. Check out our DEAM Resources to start celebrating #DEAM in your region.


Disability Employment Awareness Month Video

Catch up on last year’s events with this DEAM highlight reel including the Kick-off event with Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary Chamber of Commerce Workplace Diversity Strategies Seminar, and Save-On-Foods Cash Mob.

#DEAM Social Media Campaign

What is your #DEAMjob? If you’re an inclusive employer, tell us about your October #DEAMemployee of the month. If you’re an employment service provider, tell us about your #DEAMteam. Tweet us @YYCEFN.