Disability Employment Awareness Month

DEAM (Disability Employment Awareness Month) brings into focus our need for equitable workplaces and spaces for people experiencing disability. Recognized both provincially and nationally, DEAM is an October-long opportunity to get involved in creating a fair and safe working environment for everyone living with a disability. Take part in DEAM’s many events and happenings to show your support, spread awareness, and drive meaningful action in our communities.


DEAM Events

All are welcome to join the upcoming DEAM activities! As well as participating, hosting your own DEAM event is just one of the many ways to show your support. Getting involved is what matters most. This year, Gateway Association is pleased to host several events and happenings across the province.

DEAM Kickoff

Monday, October 3, 2022

11:00am-12:00pm @ City Hall, 800 Macleod Trail SE Calgary, AB

Join us in kicking off the month of DEAM on October 3rd. The events will include speeches from Indigenous elders, inclusive employers, self-advocates, and a proclamation from the Mayor!

Career Fair

Thursday, October 6, 2022

An event for job seekers to learn more about what employers are looking for in new candidates and the positions they are hiring for. This is an excellent opportunity to talk one-on-one with multiple employers. Employers can learn about inclusive hiring directly from those who need it and meet people who are ready to fill the positions they currently have open.

If you are an employer or job seeker, please register to be a part of the event HERE

DEAM IDEA Conference

October 12-13, 2022

Join experts in the HR, Talent Recruitment, Disability and Human Services sectors, as well as inclusive employers, community members, and advocates from across Alberta for two days of learning, networking, and insight. Connect with us!

DEAM Big Contest

October 17-20, 2022

October 24-27, 2022

Gateway Association will be hosting a 10-day social media contest in partnership with local sponsors to bring awareness to inclusive employment. This event is to help raise awareness and momentum surrounding DEAM, learn more about inclusive employment, and engage.

Answer 10 questions over 10 days to win 10 prizes!


Cheers to Inclusion

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 (YEG)

Thursday, October 20, 2022 (YYC)

A time to celebrate, recognize, and give cheers to the many contributions of workers with disabilities as well as the inclusive employers around the city! Come to build and grow your DEI knowledge and network over a drink.

  • October 19th: 3pm-6pm @ Arcadia Brewing Co. (10712 120 St NW, Edmonton, AB)
  • October 20th: 3pm-6pm @ Annex Ale Project (4323 1st St SE Calgary, AB)

DEAM Employer Awards Gala

Wednesday, October 26, 2022


Safari Lodge at the Calgary Zoo

1300 Zoo Rd NE, Calgary, AB


Committed to disability awareness and employment opportunities for individuals and employers.


How It Started

October was formally proclaimed “Disability Employment Awareness Month” by the Government of Alberta thanks to the caring efforts of many service providers, including Gateway Association. Albertans all agree: we want every citizen to have inclusive and equitable employment, and through a partnership with the Government of Alberta, DEAM continues to make it a priority.

October is an opportunity to spread the important message that a strong workforce includes the skills and talents of people experiencing disability. Businesses and employers who believe that diversity only makes us stronger are encouraged to hold their own awareness events throughout the month and to join others who are supporting and promoting inclusion.


Our Gateway to Digital Inclusion mobile app is designed for job seekers, self-advocates and families. Access our free resources by downloading the app.

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