Council shortlisted for disability award

Adrian McCreesh, who has been appointed the new chief executive for Cookstown Council.mm40-131ar.

Adrian McCreesh, who has been appointed the new chief executive for Cookstown Council.mm40-131ar.

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COOKSTOWN District Council has been shortlisted as a 2013 finalist in the Disability Best Practice Employer category in the Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards.

The Council is one of nine organisations selected in this year’s award category.

In partnership with Employers for Disability NI, the Workplace and Employment Awards looks to highlight Disability Best Practice across both the public, private and community sectors.

The judging panel assess organisations on how they support people with disabilities, raise awareness of disabilities among its employees, and the outreach work taken with partners in the community to encourage work experience, training and work place opportunities.

Commenting on being selected as a finalist in this award category, the Council Chairman, Councillor Tony Quinn, praised and recognised the work of all of the staff in the Council in being shortlisted as a finalist in this competition..

“The Council has a proactive strategy for example in providing work placements for people with disabilities,” he said.

“Just one such initiative the Council recently launched was the ABLE Conference held in March this year.

Adrian McCreesh, Chief Executive of Cookstown District Council, added: “We have found that over the years, our employees with disabilities deliver a first class service to our ratepayers.

“As one of the largest employers in the Cookstown District we welcome applications for available job vacancies from all sections of the community including people with disabilities.”