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, Picture This Film Festival, and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce for their dedication to inclusive employment.

DEAM 2016 Events

DEAM Proclamation

October 4, 2016 3:00pm – 3:30pm
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.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi Official DEAM Proclamation

Live Video of Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s Proclamation

Event contact: Dawn Moxley dawnm@COLUMBIA.ab.ca


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


Event contact: Matthew Nomura mnomura@vecova.ca


Let's Talk Employment - Inclusive Leadership

October 12, 2016 9:00am – 11:00am
Terrace View Room (5th Floor) Global Business Centre, 136 8 Ave SE


In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month, please join Calgary Economic Development and Calgary Employment First Network to learn best practices for creating a corporate culture that embraces diversity in the workplace. A panel of employers will share their personal experiences, challenges and success stories of creating a more engaged and productive workforce for people with disabilities.


Event contact: Nicole Bourgeois NBourgeois@championscareercentre.org



#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.

Event contact: Alexi Davis Alexi.Davis@prospectnow.ca

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DEAM Film Fest

October 19, 2016 10:00am – 3:00pm
North Campus Main Floor (Room N124) 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.


Event contact: Charmaine Wong charmaine.wong@ddrc.ca



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.

Nominate a DEAM Employer


Inclusive Employment wouldn’t be possible without the incredible employers who champion diversity in their workplaces.  To truly celebrate the spirit of DEAM let’s recognize local employers who practice inclusive hiring.  All nominated employers will be featured on the CEFN website and finalists will receive formal awards at our Employer Recognition Awards Gala.  Nominate a #DEAMEmployer today!
Submission deadline is October 16, 2016

Nomination Form

Submit a DEAM Job


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 on our website and social media throughout October.  By completing this form you authorize us to share your story.

Submit Your DEAM Job Success Story

By clicking “Submit” you consent to sharing all the information provided.

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.