BURLINGTON, ON, June 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Sean Callaghan, Sodexo Canada's general manager of food service operations at Loblaw Companies Ltd., has won a Champion's League Award for leadership in breaking down barriers to employment for people who have a physical or mental disability.
The award, given annually by the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN), honours business leaders who understand the productivity and moral benefits of hiring individuals who have a disability and take direct action to advance inclusion in their workplace.
Sean received the prestigious award and was inducted into ODEN's Champions League on June 2nd at the organization's annual conference in Toronto.
Sean has been a strong advocate for the business value of employing people who have a disability. People with a disability comprise 20 per cent of his workforce. He has also been instrumental in placing about 20 more job candidates at other company food service locations in the Greater Toronto Area.
"Almost two million people in Ontario face formidable obstacles to employment because of a physical or mental disability," says Joe Dale, ODEN's executive director. "More than anything else, solving this critical economic and societal challenge requires buy-in from the business community. When business leaders like Sean demonstrate and promote the tangible performance advantages of hiring people who have a disability, it sends a powerful message."
The leadership demonstrated by Sean supports Sodexo's strategic vision of providing a truly inclusive workplace culture, regardless of physical or mental disability, age, gender, nationality, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.
"Sean is a worthy member of ODEN's elite Champion's League," says Barry Telford, president of Sodexo Canada. "Through his actions and advocacy he has proven time and time again that Canadians with disabilities have the talent and motivation to thrive in today's workplaces."
About Sodexo in Canada
Sodexo has been delivering On-Site Services in Canada for over 40 years. Recognized as a strategic partner, Sodexo Canada has consolidated its position by providing a range of Quality of Life Services for clients, their employees and visitors in the healthcare, corporate, education and remote sites segments. Delivering food and facilities management services for over 200 clients, Sodexo is a market leader in Canada in terms of revenue and consumers served, and has been recognized as a top employer for the past four consecutive years. Sodexo Canada is proud to have created the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has donated more than one million meals to at risk youth in Canada since it was founded in 2000.
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