Brad Slauenwhite was committed to inclusion of those
with intellectual disabilities and his legacy was marked Thursday night when
the organization he founded renamed its office in his honour.
“Brad was a visionary,” said Abdel Belhadjsalah, the
executive director Jobs Unlimited, in an interview on Friday.
Jobs Unlimited, a non-profit organization with its
office near the intersection of York Street and Priestman Street, was started
by Slauenwhite in 1983 as an employment agency for men and women with intellectual
disabilities. Slauenwhite has since passed away.
Since it was founded, Jobs Unlimited has helped people
with intellectual disabilities to find positions in laboratories, retail
outlets, call centres, warehouses, the hospitality industry, manufacturing,
printing, and government departments in the area.
About 60 people attended the organization’s annual
general meeting on Thursday for a ceremony to rename tHe office on York to the
The Slauenwhite Center.
“We wanted to find a way to honour Brad Slauenwhite’s
legacy. He planted the seeds we are now reaping and we wanted to do something
permanent to recognize his incredible contribution to our city. This is
something our organization, especially our dedicated board of directors, has
worked hard for,” said Belhadjsalah in a press release.
Members of Slauenwhite’s family were on hand for the
“We, his family, are very appreciative of this
recognition bestowed in memory of my husband’s contribution,” said Ruth
Belhadjsalah said the unveiling of the plaque was
emotional for those who attended.
“His work will never be forgotten,” he said.
Belhadjsalah said those with intellectual disabilities
are often hidden, but that’s what Slauenwhite actively worked to change — to
make them a part of the community.
Welcome to my Blog. I am the four term Councillor for beautiful and prosperous Ward 3, having first been elected in 2001, and again in 2004, 2008 and May 14, 2012.
Ward 3 is on the northside of Fredericton (the majestic Saint John River carves the city into equal north/south components). For those familair with our city, the approximate Ward 3 boundaries are: the Saint John River to the south, St. Mary's 1st Nation/Cliffe Street to the east, Brookside Drive to the west and the city limits/Killarney Lake to the north.
In my intial two terms, I was asked to co-chair the massive rewrite and public hearing process for Fredericton's new Municipal Plan. I also served two years as the Citys' Deputy Mayor; two years as Chair of the Development Services Committee, and as the inaugural Chair of the City of Fredericton Affordable Housing Committee.
In the third term, I had the honor of serving as Chair; Finance & Administration Committee for three years, Chair; City of Fredericton Pension Board for three year and continued as Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee
In this fourth term, I have been appointed Chair of Community Services, which encompasses recreation, liesure services, sports & facilites, parks and trees, and senior's issues. I am also serving as Chair of the labour/management contract Negotiaitons Committee, also as Chair of the City Employee's SuperAnnuation (pension) Board, and again, as Affordable Housing Chair
Please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org; or at Fredericton City Hall, PO Box 130, Fredericton, NB, Canada, E3B 4Y7 (506) 460-2020