Endowment supports research that advocates inclusiveness for persons with disabilities

 

After decades of tireless work advocating for persons with disabilities, the ORW Opportunities through Rehabilitation and Work Society disbanded. As ORW Opportunities through Rehabilitation and Work Society had funds remaining, they decided to make a legacy gift to a not-for-profit who supported their goals.  After careful consideration by its board members, the ORW Opportunities through Rehabilitation and Work Society chose the University of British Columbia to carry on its mission through establishing an endowed award that will be given out in perpetuity.

The ORW Opportunities through Rehabilitation and Work Society provided vocational assessment, skills training and job placement services to residents of British Columbia with all types of disabilities. This non-profit, privately funded group donated $50,000 to endow the ORW Opportunities through Rehabilitation and Work Society Graduate Award to support graduate research addressing how policy change can reduce or remove barriers to employment and enhance workplace inclusiveness for persons with disabilities.

On November 22nd the University had a ceremony in the Crane Library to thank the directors of the ORW for their generous gift.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Mervyn Van Steinburg, Chair of the ORW read a message from Winston Leckie, Retired Executive Director of the ORW concerning the founding of the ORW Opportunities through Rehabilitation and Work Society.
In attendance from ORW were: Mervyn Van Steinburg, Chair, Linda Delparte, Board member, Natalie Lisik, Board member, Susan Bell, Board member and Liam Olughlin, Treasurer.
On hand from UBC to say thank you were: Janet Mee, Director Access & Diversity, Lesley Campbell, Acting Associate Director, Awards Development, Jacqueline Doering, Associate Director, Annual Awards and Stefano Pantalone, Coordinator Gift & Estate Planning.

 

ORW Opportunities through Rehabilitation and Work Society Graduate Award – A $1750 award has been endowed by ORW Opportunities through Rehabilitation and Work Society for a graduate student in any Faculty whose work or research addresses how policy change can reduce or remove barriers to employment and enhance workplace inclusiveness for persons with disabilities. Preference will be given to a student who, in their academic, professional or volunteer work, is helping to effect policy change and advocating workplace inclusiveness. ORW is a non-profit organization that seeks out new and innovative approaches to facilitate change so that there are no barriers designed into employment legislation, policies, regulations and programs for persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities will have the same flexibilities, opportunities and productive work options as others in the work world. Research or studies that address any disability, including mental health and developmental disability, are eligible. Students from all Faculties are eligible, but preference will be given to students in the Faculty of Arts and the Sauder School of Business. The award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

 

Endowment supports research that advocates for change for persons with disabilities.