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Spirit of ADA Award, Barre

Abbey Group at the Capitol Food Court Receives
Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities Award
Montpelier, VT • October 20, 2015
To commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD) recognizes The Abbey Group at the Capitol Food Court and Executive Chef Ray Wood as a recipient of the Spirit of ADA Award for 2015.

This award is presented to individuals and businesses who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act in employment practices, including accessibility, recruiting, hiring, accommodating and support of a person(s) with disability as an overall employment strategy. The award was presented by Chris Loso, GCEPD Chair and Nat Piper, Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS) at a ceremony held in the State House Capitol Food Court.

In presenting the award, Chris Loso of GCEPD and Nat Piper of CWS noted that Executive Chef Ray Wood is an employer who has a way of making his employees feel truly valued. While teaching culinary work skills, he also teaches skills that transfer into one’s personal life, going above and beyond to help employees reach their own full potential.

According to Rachel Knapp, Employment Consultant with the Vermont Association of Business, Industry & Rehabilitation, who nominated Ray, “He demonstrates outstanding respect for the individual, and the willingness, patience, and gentle direction needed to give each employee the opportunity to succeed”.

The Abbey Group, http://www.abbeygroup.net/index.php is a Vermont company located in Franklin County Vermont, in the town of Sheldon. The Abbey Group provides food services consulting management and catering services to schools, institutions and restaurant services. They employ 340 people in ten counties in Vermont, and several locations in New Hampshire and New York.

About Creative Workforce Solutions (CWS)
CWS is an employment initiative of the Agency of Human Services offering a range of staffing services at no cost to employers. Additional information on CWS can be found at http://www.cwsvt.com or by contacting:
Hugh Bradshaw
Employment Service Manager
VocRehab Vermont
(802) 871-3054 or hugh.bradshaw@vermont.gov
About the Vermont GCEPD
The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD) is a permanent statewide committee established in 1963 by the Vermont legislature to promote the employment of people with disabilities. Its 23 members represent a broad cross section of individuals from business, disability groups, government, and service providers. Through education and outreach activities it provides support and resources to employers and job seekers to facilitate the employment and accommodation of people of all abilities.

Christopher J. Loso, Chair – GCEPD = 802-734-0063; closo97@yahoo.com

Neal Meier, Executive Coordinator – GCEPD = 802-279-1373; neal.meier@myunion.edu

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