??From left to right: Celebrating both CHS's 75th and the 10th Anniversary of the AODA are Gary Malkowski, North America's first Deaf Parliamentarian, MPP and CHS's Special Advisor to the President, Public Affairs; David C. Onley, the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario with a physical disability; and Mark Wafer, successful hard of hearing businessman, owner of Megleen Inc. and CHS Board member.
"Employment is consistently ranked as the number one concern among persons with disabilities; this is no different for Deaf individuals," said Gary Malkowski
, North America's first Deaf Parliamentarian and MPP.
"Significant attitudinal and systemic barriers exist in the expectations, perceptions, beliefs and behaviours of employers regarding the employability and capability of individuals who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing."
Onley also publicly recognized Malkowski, now CHS's Special Advisor to the President, Public Affairs, and businessman and CHS board member Mark Wafer.
was an instrumental player in the success of the AODA, having introduced a Private member's bill for the Ontarians with Disabilities Act which led to the introduction and implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005.