Inclusive hiring highlighted at Community Living Essex County golf tournament

 

By RTT Staff

 

The 26th annual Community Living Essex County (CLEC) was held last Thursday and early returns are positive.

The tournament was also used to highlight the benefits of inclusive hiring as the host golf course hires those with intellectual disabilities.

The tournament was a sell-out as all 144 spots were filled. A final fundraising total will not be known for a few weeks but CLEC administration was pleased with how things went, especially after hosts Sutton Creek Golf Club donated the $650 that went unclaimed in the skins game back to the non-profit agency.

“We had an outstanding experience,” said Tony DeSantis, CLEC’s manager of community relations.

Leamington captured the Municipal Cup as part of Community Living Essex County’s 26th annual golf tournament last Thursday. From left: Scott Legault, CLEC manager of community relations Tony DeSantis, Leamington Mayor John Paterson and Kyle Spearing. Both Legault and Spearing are supported by CLEC with Spearing also being employed at Sutton Creek Golf Club.

Leamington captured the Municipal Cup as part of Community Living Essex County’s 26th annual golf tournament last Thursday. From left: Scott Legault, CLEC manager of community relations Tony DeSantis, Leamington Mayor John Paterson and Kyle Spearing. Both Legault and Spearing are supported by CLEC with Spearing also being employed at Sutton Creek Golf Club.

Head golf professional Cory LaJeunesse noted that the course uses CLEC to hire staff with intellectual disabilities, including Kyle Spearing of Amherstburg. LaJeunesse said it has been “an absolute pleasure” to work with CLEC and said Spearing has been an inspiration to both staff and guests alike.

LaJeunesse encouraged other businesses to hire those with intellectual disabilities with CLEC’s Career Compass arm looking to fulfill such requests. LaJeunesse said there are many people with disabilities ready, willing and able to get to work.

“They dress the part and they work their butt off,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure to have Kyle. We’re more than willing to take some more.”

Spearing thanked both Sutton Creek and CLEC for the support and also thanked the golfers for coming out.

“Without your support, the programs Community Living Essex County administers would not be available to people like myself,” said Spearing.

As part of the tournament, CLEC also offers the “Municipal Cup,” given to the team from the winning municipality. This year, Leamington took home the cup and ended the town of LaSalle’s five-year winning streak.

DeSantis said they started the “Municipal Cup” component of the tournament in 2009 as a way to recognize and reinforce the partnership the agency has with the local municipalities. CLEC supports over 600 people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Essex County.

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