Todd Weimer (left) and Nathan Bosch (second from left) of VSSL are shown here two of their former employees, Scott and Trevor, who have both since moved on to other employment in their communities. Nathan and Todd continue to hire people with diverse abilities. (Photo by Angelika Dawson)

Several businesses in Abbotsford will be honoured Oct. 19, when the Inclusive Employer Excellence Awards are presented.

The awards recognize businesses who are committed to hiring people with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges or brain injuries.

The event is presented by Abbotsford Community Services, AbbotsfordWORKS and Communitas Supportive Care Society.

Tamara Seebaran works as an employment specialist with Communitas and says it’s important to recognize business owners who make it a matter of course to hire inclusively.

“There is still a stigma attached to hiring people with diverse abilities,” she said.