Wednesday, May 8 we celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities in Edmonton.  Honourable Frank Oberle, Associate Minister of  Services for Persons with Disabilities, will be in attendance at the reception to help us congratulate these amazing people.

May 5 – 11 celebrates Goodwill Week, an international week of celebration for Goodwill’s in Canada and the US.  This week showcases Goodwill’s programs for employment of individuals with disabilities and our environmental mission where we recycle gentle used household items and turn them into training and jobs.

Wednesday evening we will celebrate our 17th Annual Awards night. This event honours the achievements of the people with disabilities in our programs, the employers and volunteer organizations that support our programs and the Goodwill employees that make it all happen.

This year we will be honouring 15 outstanding individuals and companies that support Goodwill.

Companies like Milestones Grill & Bar who employ individuals with disabilities in their organization and proudly support Goodwill. Volunteer organizations, like the Edmonton Reuse Centre provides volunteer opportunities for individuals to assist them in their recycling operations.

Individuals with disabilities like Cathy, who is an active member of her community working at Goodwill three days a week as an administrative assistant, volunteering, and learning how to model.  Cathy loves being busy and loves her life.

Goodwill Industries of Alberta is a not for profit agency whose mission is to change the lives of people with disabilities and other barriers to employment by turning household donations and other resources into training and jobs. We help these people gain employment, teach them the skills they need to successfully keep that employment, and be members of the community.

Awards Night is held on May 8 at 6:30 pm at Myer Horowitz Theater, University of Alberta, Students’ Union Building, 8900 114 St. Reception is held from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, and the event runs from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm.  This year our special MC is Seanna Collins from Global TV.