Community Living month kicks off in Maple Ridge with an event to help employers hire people with developmental disabilities.
A presentation and networking event called The Financial Benefits of an Inclusive Workplace takes place on Wednesday evening at The ACT and features Mark Wafer, an Ontario business person and Rotarian.
The event is being put on by Ridge Meadows Association of Community Living and the Rotary Clubs of the Fraser Valley.
Wafer will share his personal and professional experience, to demonstrate how people with disabilities are valued employees and an intrinsic element in his businesses success.
Wafer is the lead business champion on the Rotary at Work Initiative, a member of Ontario's Lieutenant Governor's accessibility team, and one of four members of the federal government's Panel on Opportunities for People with Disabilities in the Workforce.
Community Living will also be hosting a free hotdog barbecue in the bandstand at Memorial Peace Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be coffee, pop, cookies, chips, and music.
Wednesday's employer event is at 6 p.m. and costs $20 per person.
Tickets are available at www.theactmapleridge. org.
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