RBC Foundation Funding Empowers Canadians with Physical Disabilities

Employ-Ability participants sit at computer workstations in the Employ-Ability classroomBURNABY, British Columbia–(January 13, 2010) – RBC Foundation (new window) has donated $20,000 which will support the Neil Squire Society’s Employ-Ability program on a national level, marking the second year in a row of support from them. These funds will help the Society deliver its program to approximately 182 people with physical disabilities in communities across Canada.

Employ-Ability is a skills development program for persons with disabilities who are most marginalized in society, particularly those who have had very long term detachment from the labour force. The program provides a flexible, self-paced, and supportive environment, and services the full spectrum of people with physical disabilities. The Program’s curriculum is delivered in dedicated classrooms in Fredericton, NB; Ottawa, ON; Regina, SK; and Burnaby, BC. In addition, the Society has developed a unique way to reach more people with disabilities utilizing distance learning technologies. This outreach work is now including individuals who live in Moncton NB, Weyburn SK, Pembroke and Sudbury ON, and Vernon and Penticton BC.

“This support from the RBC Foundation is essential in enabling us to deliver our Employ-Ability program to the most marginalized persons with physical disabilities in Canada,” said Gary Birch, Executive Director of the Neil Squire Society.

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