All clients are special, but there is one client that, for us, is more than special: Dolphin Digital Technologies. Dolphin was our first client and was following our story since Tee Talent was just a concept. Today we are publishing an interview with Jamie Burton, Vice President of Dolphin Digital Technologies, that is an advocate for the employment of people with disabilities in the workplace. Besides her own company, where she employs many professionals with different types of disabilities, she also is the coordinator for the Disability Mentoring Day, an event that started in the Region of Waterloo and has been growing since then.
1. What motivated you to create Disabilities Mentoring Day?
I saw a resource of incredible talent that no one was hiring and wanted that to change.
2. What are some misconceptions people have about individuals with disabilities and the workplace?
Some misconceptions are that it is too difficult to accommodate, too many expenses, too complicated, etc. The real misconceptions are that the situation is different when it really is not that different, they are just people who are looking to achieve goals like everyone else.Most misconceptions about people with disabilities in the workplace are based on fear and ignorance.
3. What is your hope for Disabilities Mentoring Day in the future?
To become obsolete; I wish there was no need for Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day. But as there currently is a need, I want DMD to change the way companies think about the hiring process. 65 – 75% of CEOs say they can’t find the talent they need, I want DMD to show them all the untapped potential and talent that is present in the community. I’ve always dreamt of a Nationwide event with businesses participating in every community. With events planned for Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal, as well as 10 cities in Ontario this year, it looks like we are on the way to make that dream reality.
4. What would you tell companies interested or considering hiring an individual with a disability?
I encourage businesses to change their approach to hiring someone new. To challenge where they source talent, to work with the community and show off their business in a way which makes someone want to work for them. We have businesses approaching DMD to participate because they are seeking new methodologies of Professional Development for their employees and want to demonstrate that diversity & inclusion is important and will help initiate changes in the hiring process! Businesses need to take a step back and look at their hiring process to ensure there is a single channel for everyone with no barriers, bad attitudes or assumptions. Being inclusive and barrier free is a business advantage.
5. Why did you choose to work with Tee Talent?
I believe in Tee Talent, their cause, their message, the people and the business. The dedication and motivation I’ve seen really drew me to them. I consider them colleagues and our company strives to only do business with organizations and business with a social impact. The extra social piece is what motivated us to use Tee Talent’s services.
Dolphin Digital Technologies
5118 Leo Lake Rd.
Kingston ON KOH 2N0