2016 Ability First Champion Awards Breakfast
The Ability First Champion Awards will be celebrating with the finalists and honouring businesses/companies and an individual/organization. The business must have hired and retained people with disabilities. The individual/organization would have continuously and tirelessly promoted the concept of ability first, supported people in their efforts to obtain meaningful employment.
Categories: Advocacy Award, Small Business Award, and Large Business Award.
7:30 to 8:00 am Registration/Breakfast
8:00 to 8:30 am Celebration Starts
8:30 to 9:00 am Speakers
9:00 to 9:30 am Champion Awards Presentation
This year's speakers are:
Elsbeth Dodman is a Beal Art graduate as well as a graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College with a honours degree in Fine Art History and Anthropology. She most recently graduated from Fanshawe College in the Autism Behavioural Science program.
Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at 14, Elsbeth has used her art to help her focus and express herself. Most of her art comes from her love of comic books, as well as her own storytelling.
Elsbeth works in graphite, filmbased photography, and acrylic paint on canvas.
Elsbeth lives in London and works to raise awareness of life on the Autism Spectrum by presenting to schools and organizations
Stacy King, General Manager of Homewood Suites by Hilton:
Hampton Inn by Hilton was the 2015 Ability First Champion Award for small business. When Hampton Inn by Hilton won the award Stacy was the General Manager. As of October 24, 2016 Stacy will be the new General Manager at the Homewood Suites by Hilton.
Stacy was born and raised in Sault Saint Marie, a college graduate, a mother of 3 and a 25 year veteran in the hospitality business.
Stacy is the current Chair for the Ontario Restaurant Hotel Motel Association London Region, current President for the London Hotel Motel Association, member of the Programming Council for Western Fair District and on the Tourism London Board of Directors.
In her "spare time" she plays baseball recreationally and competitively and is actively involved as a team manager for her son's competitive hockey team.