Adecco Group Teams Up with Canadian Paralympic Committee as a Partner in Delivering Career Counselling to Paralympic Athletes

OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Today the Adecco Group, the global leader in HR services, began its partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee by presenting a career counselling session to the Canadian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team. Adecco delivered its career workshop during the team's week-long selection camp, providing 20 Paralympic athletes with important information on how to leverage skills developed through sport when transitioning to the workplace.

"Being a high performance athlete for so many years, my sporting career has always been my focus. It can be distracting to think about what will come next," said Joey Johnson. "Hearing Adecco's presentation gave me confidence that with their help I can successfully transition to a professional career once I retire from sport. I am so pleased this service is available through the Canadian Paralympic Committee so that I can focus on winning a medal for Canada rather than worrying about what's next."

The programme, formally titled the CPC Athlete Career Programme is in cooperation with Adecco Group, and assists athletes in obtaining employment both throughout their training and at the end of their athletic pursuits. Adecco signed a cooperation agreement to develop the programme with the International Paralympic Committee in 2007 and officially re-launched the programme in 2009. Canada is one of the first National Paralympic Committees to run this program.

According to Patrick De Maeseneire, CEO of the Adecco Group, "It is often difficult for athletes to integrate into the world of work and business life. We provide the necessary education and training to help them prepare for this transition. The placements we offer enable them to find a suitable job or career path that they can follow with the same passion they brought to their sporting careers."

"While the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Team are focused on winning, it is important to understand the career challenges these athletes face once their focus moves towards their careers rather than their sport," said Henry Storgaard, CEO of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "We are grateful to Adecco for taking the time to provide career counselling to our athletes before they retire from sport to help them prepare for their future career objectives."

Thanks to the Adecco and Canadian Paralympic Committee partnership, the CPC Athlete Career Programme is now offered free of charge and available to all Canadian Paralympians.

About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca.

About the Adecco Group
The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's leading provider of HR solutions. With over 31,000 FTE employees and more than 5,500 offices, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group offers a wide variety of services, connecting more than 600,000 colleagues with over 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, outsourcing, consulting and outplacement. The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company.  Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605), with listings on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN) and on Euronext in France (ADE).

About Adecco Canada
Adecco is the world leader in human resource solutions with over 50 years of experience and more than 50 locations in Canada alone. Adecco connects more people with more permanent, temporary and contract employment opportunities at more organizations than any other staffing company in Canada. In addition, Adecco has a wide range of specialty programs to enhance your business; including our Career Connections Program, Special Events and professional Specialty Brands. To learn more, visit www.adecco.ca.

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SOURCE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)

For further information:

Marie-Hélène Cayer
Canadian Paralympic Committee
(613) 569-4333 x227
mcayer@paralympic.ca

Jeff O'Neill
Adecco Canada
(416) 646-3322 x4201
Jeff.oneill@adecco.ca

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