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MentorAbility Canada - National Webinar Series

Join MentorAbility Canada as we embark on a series of conversations about inclusion.  With over 6.2 million Canadian citizens experiencing a disability, we collectively benefit from engaging the strengths and talents of this largely untapped labour pool.  Beyond this, we have the opportunity to create responsive tools and strategies to support employers in mobilizing this resource.  Join Canada’s thought leaders as we explore inclusive policies and practices, workplace culture, the power of authentic work-based relationships and the real work involved in changing our world. 

A special thanks to People First of Canada for translating our information to plain language.  Plain language helps to increase accessibility and participation for greater involvement by all.

November 12, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Join Carol Blessing on November 12, 2020, 12 p.,m. - 1 p.m. EST.

Participants will:

  • Understand the critical role employment plays in shifting perceptions about disability.

  • Recognize that employment is a cornerstone to contribution and belonging.

  • Apply a “citizen-centered” construct for supporting people with disabilities toward employment.


Carol Blessing, LMSW has 30+ years working in disability services.  She is on faculty at Cornell University’s Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability Cornell leading system’s impact projects supporting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in typical community life. 

November 19, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Ce webinaire sera offert en français. | This webinar will be delivered in French.

Cette conférence sera présentée en trois parties.

  1. Premièrement, en se basant à la fois sur la documentation scientifique et sur les compétences et connaissances d’acteurs terrain majeurs dans le domaine de l’inclusion en emploi, le contexte de travail dans lequel les personnes en situation de handicap invisible évoluent sera présenté.

  2. Deuxièmement, Charles et Marussia discuteront des programmes et qui sont services qui sont offerts au Québec dans le but de favoriser l’inclusion en emploi des PSHI.

  3. Troisièmement, une réflexion quant aux développements de stratégies globales visant autant la responsabilisation des milieux de travail, des organismes d’inclusion en emploi et des personnes en situation de handicap sera entamée.


Charles Lapierre est candidat au Phd en psychologie organisationnelle (Université de Sherbrooke) ainsi qu’un Chercheur affilié au Centre de recherche pour l’inclusion en emploi des personnes en situation de handicap (CRISPESH). En tant que consultant-chercheur, son expertise se situe dans l’établissement de milieux de travail qui se veulent plus inclusifs pour tous, incluant, bien sûr, les personnes en situation de handicap visible et invisible.  Les questions que Charles se pose quotidiennement dans son domaine d’étude incluent : comment soutenir les employeurs dans la mise en place d’un climat positif et inclusif? Comment diminuer les stéréotypes face au handicap invisible tout en favorisant le développement de compétences empathiques dans les milieux de travail?

Marussia Paradis est bachelière en psychosociologie. Elle travaille pour l’intégration des personnes vivant avec des limitations depuis plus de 10 ans. Après avoir été conseillère en emploi pour différentes clientèles, elle travaille chez depuis 8 ans chez SPHERE. Elle y a occupé différentes positions comme celle de coordonnatrice de formations qualifiantes, responsable du développement de partenariats à travers le pays, bailleur de fonds de projets multi-participants et répondante aux besoins des employeurs. Elle est la coordonnatrice du projet MentorHabiletés au Québec.


This webinar will address three key areas.

First, based on both scientific literature and on skills and knowledge of major field stakeholders of employment inclusion, the work context in which people with disabilities (PWD) actually evolve will be presented.

Second, Charles and Marussia, will discuss the programs and services that are offered in Quebec to help employers include PWD in their workplace. The pros and cons of these programs will also be discussed.


Finally, a reflection on the development of global strategies aiming at empowering workplaces and organizations will be initiated. This last part will be followed by a period of questions.


Charles Lapierre, is a Phd candidate in work psychology (Université de Sherbrooke) and an affiliated researcher with the Research center for the employment inclusion of people with disabilities (CRISPESH).  He currently serves as a  consultant in organizational psychology. More specifically, his expertise lies in establishing workplaces that are more inclusive for all, including people with visible and invisible disabilities.

The type of questions that Charles asks himself every day in his field of study include:

  • How can we support and empower employers in creating a positive and inclusive work climate?

  • In what ways can we reduce stereotypes concerning invisible disabilities at work while promoting development of empathic skills?

Marussia Paradis has a bachelor's degree in psychosociology. She has worked for the integration of people living with disabilities for over 10 years. After having been an employment specialist for various clienteles, she has been working at SPHERE for 8 years. She held various positions such as trainings coordinator, responsible for the development of partnerships across the country, funds manager of large projects and responding to the manpower needs of employers. She is actually the coordinator of the MentorAbility initiative in Quebec.

November 26, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

We are all shaped by our environment, social location, family, our culture and so much more. We prefer to be with those who look most like ourselves. We would strongly deny or get offended if another person called us out and accused us, of treating someone disrespectfully or being a racist.  Yet, deep inside all of us, there are those biases and every day our decisions are based on them. This form of bias may lead to discriminatory behaviour. Every day we have to challenge ourselves, learn to value what each person has to contribute regardless of their difference.

Topics include:

1. Becoming acquainted with a new body

2. Learning how to navigate through life-AGAIN

3. As a team we can enhance wellbeing and pave ways for fulfilment of us all.

Ann Divine, CEO, Ashanti Leadership & PDS, is an accomplished businesswoman, known and respected for her professionalism and willingness to support, coach and mentor others. Her business provides extensive career and professional guidance in leadership development and social justice issues.

Professor David Divine has spent a lifetime dealing with challenges occasioned by circumstances beyond his control, and also, using his lessons learnt from such experiences, sought to assist others in similar circumstances. We have agency. We have choices. Please use them. My contribution to the webinar explores how I sought to be interdependent, use my vision and power to change the impact of circumstances I found myself in and grasp new ways to actively ‘be’ my authentic self. Simone de Beauvoir expresses it beautifully and truly: ‘It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for acting’

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