APS receives Mayor's Award for its support of persons with disabilities

Edmonton, May 21, 2010 - In recognition of living one of its corporate values of respect by showing consideration and appreciation for diversity in others, Alberta Pensions Services Corporation (APS) received a Mayor's Award in the Employer category at a ceremony May 20, 2010. The award honours employers, businesses or organizations who have provided opportunity and support for employment or volunteer positions for one or more persons with disabilities.

Employee, Sylvia Boucher, nominated APS for the award. "APS not only talks about respecting diversity, they live it," Boucher wrote. "I have never felt that my disability was an issue. I am treated and accepted as any other employee, with the same expectations. That, in my opinion, is the way to educate an organization-by being accepting, treating everyone, disability or not, as equals."

President and Chief Executive Officer Monica Norminton accepted the award on behalf of the Corporation. "Respect is a core value at APS," said Norminton. "I don't believe anyone in the Corporation thought they were doing anything extraordinary for Sylvia. She was hired because she was the best person for the job. Any accommodations we needed to make were minimal. APS saw beyond her disabilities and we're a better organization with her in it. I am very proud to accept this award on behalf of all APS employees."

For more information on the Mayor's Awards, visit the City of Edmonton's website at www.edmonton.ca.

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