Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Dec. 3 marks the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities to help raise awareness and understanding of disability issues.

Labour Minster Janice Sherry and Workers Compensation Board chairman Nancy Guptill met with local high school students to talk about a video contest promoting workplace safety and workers rights. Taking part in the discussion, from left, Becky Clarke, Brandin MacDonald, Guptill, Sherry, Chris DesRoches and Denesha Smith.

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The Workers Compensation Board encourages Islanders to take this day to consider ways to promote inclusion in the workplace for people of all abilities.

“At the WCB, we recognize the important role that work can have on overall well-being,” said Nancy Guptill, Workers Compensation Board chairwoman. “Our goal is to help remove barriers for those with temporary or permanent disabilities so that they can remain active, productive and connected to the workplace.”

The WCB uses a team-based approach for the safe and timely return to work of injured workers. In partnership with workers, employers and health-care providers, the WCB will help to develop a plan that focuses on abilities and promotes recovery.

For more information about how return to work programs can promote inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities, visit the WCB website at or contact the Workers Compensation Board office at 368-5680 or 1-800-237-5049 (toll-free in Atlantic Canada).

Organizations: Workers Compensation Board

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada

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