David C. Onley Initiative


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Accessible Employment Opportunities and Partnerships In Action

Join us. We gather with students, employers and other partners regularly to build relationships, connect recruiters with job seekers, and explore new opportunities for collaboration. These engagement events uncover and share ideas and methods that help everyone take part in creating pathways to employment and career success for students with disabilities. Want the latest event updates? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Current Events

There is no current event information available at this time.  Check back soon for details!

Past Events

The Onley Initiative has been hosting events that engage stakeholders and partners in the community with a focus on improving employment outcomes for students with disabilities. Check out this video montage of some moments from our recent Accessible Employer Showcases at Carleton University, Algonquin College and University of Ottawa.

An event aimed at “kick-starting” the career of students and recent graduates with disabilities from Algonquin, Carleton, La Cité and the University of Ottawa that allows them to learn more about employment pathways available to them that could lead to meaningful career opportunities while building their skills and enhancing their professional experiences.

Students engaged in round-table discussions to exchange ideas in a safe, confidential and inclusive environment and explore their career and employment needs and access to available campus support services.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) presented on navigating the application process for Federal Government, focusing on Public Service graduate recruitment programs like the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP). Other presentations from PSC post-secondary recruiters explained the many career pathways available for students with disabilities and how students can prepare for upcoming recruitment campaigns.

The evening concluded with a PSC Networking Showcase representing various government departments where students had one-on-one discussions with employers to explore potential opportunities.

• La Cité Collégiale – April 30, 2019
List of Employers Who Attended

Accessible Employer Showcases – Career Connections Networking Receptions

This series of events was for University students who identify as having a visible or non-visible disability interested in learning more about employers who provide accessible working environments.  Held at our four partner institutions, it was created to help students and recent graduates meet with businesses of all sizes from the region who understand and value the benefits of an inclusive and accessible workplace. At this “Career Connections Networking Reception”, students and grads had the opportunity to connect and network with employers to explore meaningful career opportunities with organizations who understand the value of creating a diverse, inclusive and accessible workplace. Our Networking Ambassadors provided students with on the spot guidance and support to facilitate conversations with the employers they wanted to meet. These events also offered an “Ideas Exchange Speakers Corner” where students heard from organizations committed to employing the right person for the job and heard success stories first hand from the employee.