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NEADS' Vancouver Job Search Strategies Forum

A Forum for Post-Secondary Students
and Recent Graduates with Disabilities

  • Plan an effective job search
  • Gain insight into disclosing a disability in the workplace
  • Get tips for arranging job accommodations
  • Find a networking style that works for you
  • Learn how to prepare for interviews
  • Discover what employers are looking for

Employers, service providers, and other professionals are welcome.
Registration is Free!
Lunch and refreshments will be served!

Event Registration

Please register by February 1, 2011

Click here to register for FREE online

If you need disability-related accommodations, require sign language interpretation, or have dietary restrictions, please provide details when you register.

NEADS can partially subsidize up-to 3 students or recent grads who live outside Vancouver, on a first-come basis, to attend the workshop. Please submit your subsidy application by . Click here for Subsidy Information.


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Information on the resume consultation session

For more information: Telephone 1-877-670-1256 or E-mail:

February 4, 2011
9:00 - 4:30

Pinnacle Ballroom
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

An interactive day that can make a difference in your employment and educational pursuits!

NEADS - Equity Through Education - BMO Capital Markets


8:30 – 9:30

Registration & Refreshments




9:30 - 9:35

Welcome: Debbie Ellis, NEADS


9:35 - 9:40

Job Search Strategies Project: Jennifer Dillon, NEADS


9:40 – 9:45

Equity Through Education Program Vision

9:45 – 9:50

Overview of the day: Jennifer Dillon, NEADS


9:50 – 10:50

Able to Take Action: Making Your Transition From School to Work
Brenda Badgero, Career Account Manager for Sciences & Technology and
Tony Botelho, Manager, Career Services, Simon Fraser University


10:50 - 11:10

Health Break

11:10 – 11:45

What You Need to Know About Disclosure and Job Accommodations:
Barb Vincent, Triumph Vocational Services

11:45 – 12:00

Accessing Assistive Technology BC: Bruce Mesman


12:00 – 1:30





One-On-One Assistance with Résumés


1:30 – 2:15

Is It A Job Or Career? What retail employers are looking for:
Cliff Yeo & Arlette La Freniere, Canada Safeway Limited


2:15 – 2:30

Health Break

2:30 – 3:15

First-Hand Employment Experience
Working While in School: Grant Hardy, UBC student
Journey to Success: Tami Grenon, Service Canada
Making it Work: William Ko, BMO Financial Group

3:15 – 3:30

NEADS Studetn Awards Program: Debbie Ellis, BC Director, NEADS


3:30 – 3:35

Draw for door prizes

3:35 – 3:40

Forum Evaluation

3:40 – 4:00

Final Tips for Your Job Search: Jennifer Dillon, NEADS

4:00 – 4:30




  • Out of respect for those with sensitivities, please do not wear perfumes or colognes, and do not bring any products containing nuts.
  • Bring your résumé for consultation.


  • Accessible Wilderness Society
  • Assistive Technology BC
  • BMO Financial Group
  • Canada Safeway
  • Scotiabank
  • TD Bank Financial Group
  • Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


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