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ALERT - September 8, 2021

Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Celebrating & Supporting Inclusive Employment

B.C. has proclaimed September as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM). DEAM is a time to celebrate, acknowledge, and promote the significant contributions of people with disabilities and employers who demonstrate inclusion and leadership in the workplace.

People with disabilities continue to experience multiple barriers to employment and DEAM offers an opportunity for B.C. communities to come together, build awareness, and take action.

As the provincial hub for the MentorAbility project Inclusion BC will be celebrating DEAM by hosting two webinars and a contest. Nationally DEAM is recognized during October and in B.C. during September. To acknowledge DEAM both provincially and nationally we will be hosting these events throughout both months.

Virtual Events in British Columbia

Online webinars for job seekers with disabilities

Over the course of two webinars, we are excited to be connecting you with one of Canada’s leading talent agencies. Ignite Artists represents a diverse range of artists of varying ages, abilities, orientations, and ethnicities.

These webinars are for job seekers who are interested in learning more about becoming an actor and how to jump start an acting career.
An invitation for a virtual webinar. The text says "MentorAbility British Columbia. Online webinar for job seekers with disabilities. Session 1: Introduction to a Career in Acting. Interested to know how actors get jobs? Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 12:00 pm. Brandi Engand, Ignite Artists". In the top right corner is a picture of a woman with long red-brown curly hair. The woman is smiling and wearing a black top.

Session 1: Introduction to a Career in Acting

Are you interested in learning how actors get jobs? Join Brandi England from Ignite Artists in Vancouver as she shares what it takes to make it in the film industry as an actor. This session will focus on answering questions about a career as an actor such as: 
  • Are you ready? (What it takes to make it)
  • The business side of the industry
  • Headshots, demo reels, self-tapes, the resume and software
  • Production, set etiquette, how the industry works
  • Acting methods and styles - what are your options


Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PST)

Speaker: Brandi England, Ignite Artists GM & Principal Agent
 

REGISTER FOR SESSION 1
An invitation for a virtual webinar. The text says "MentorAbility British Columbia. Online webinar for job seekers with disabilities. Session 2: Next steps in reaching your dream acting career. Ready to turn your acting career dreams into reality? Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 12:00 pm. Brandi Engand, Ignite Artists". In the top right corner is a picture of a woman with long red-brown curly hair. The woman is smiling and wearing a black top.

Session 2: Next steps in reaching your dream acting career

Are you ready to turn your acting career dreams into reality? Join for session 2 as Brandi England from Ignite Artists in Vancouver shares how to move forward with your acting careers. This session will focus on what you’ll need to get started such as: 
  • A plan of action, and how to actually turn dreams into reality 
  • Focusing on YOUR WHY, and harnessing it so you don't lose sight of your big dreams 
  • Ways to make money to sustain your career while having a healthy work life balance  
  • Finding the RIGHT agent for you and more  


Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PST)

Speaker: Brandi England, Ignite Artists GM & Principal Agent 
 

REGISTER FOR SESSION 2

2021 Mentorship Contest

For September and October MentorAbility BC has opened the 2021 Mentorship Contest to celebrate both provincial and national Disability Employment Awareness Months. This contest is open to MentorAbility Site Partners from September 1, 2021, to October 31, 2021.

Learn how to enter below and don’t miss out on your chance to win one of the following prizes: 


Contest Instructions: 

  • Each prize has 10 entry spots 
  • A random draw will be held when each prize’s 10 spots are filled  
  • All 10 spots must be filled by October 31, 2021, for a prize to be drawn on November 1, 2021 
  • The mentorships must have taken place during the months of September or October 2021 


To earn one spot in the prize of your choice: 

  • Organizations must be a site partner of the MentorAbility project in BC
  • If you are not a site partner and want to become one, please email Jillian Bradley Provincial Hub Coordinator at jbradley@inclusionbc.org
  • Site partners must complete and submit mentorship documentation (mentor and protégé sign-up forms) to the Provincial Hub Coordinator no later than October 31, 2021. 


Contact Jillian Bradely, Co-Director of Employment Initiatives by email at jbradley@inclusionbc.org if you have any questions. 
 

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