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Their Voice: Recognizing employers who promote workplace diversity

By Monica Villar - | Oct 30, 2021


Monica Villar

Before we end the month of October I wanted to take a minute and announce the 2021 Golden Key Awards winners. The Golden Key awards are given out each year by the Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and Department of Workforce Services’ Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. The recipients are nominated by their peers, employees and community partners for their commitment to support people with disabilities and veterans through all areas of recruitment and employment.

“This year’s award recipients exemplify what it means to go above and beyond to promote equal employment opportunities for Utahans with disabilities and veterans,” said Leah Lobato, director of the Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. “They have made invaluable contributions to individuals, communities and the entire state by changing public perceptions through inclusive business practices.”

The Small Business of the Year went to a small bakery in Salt Lake, Vosen’s Bread Paradise. The Medium Business of the Year went to Warrens, Inc. Franklin Covey received the Large Business of the Year award.

There were two Ace Business Awards that were presented to individuals who support or advocates of employment for people with disabilities. These two awards were presented to Kristi Meyer a Recruiter at Zions Bank and disability advocate Nicolas Zemp.

The Freedom Award was newly added and is presented to companies who hire and retain disabled veterans. This year’s Freedom Award was presented to Environmental Management Services.

The ASAP Achievement Award is given to a state agency with the best Utilization of the Alternative State Application Process. This year it went to Utah Division of Technology Services.

The two final awards are given to providers who go above and beyond what is expected of them. The Educator Provider award was given to John Cardis with Cache County School District and the Community Partner Provider to Albert Scola Co-Owner and CFO of Allies Supported Employment.

As always we applaud these businesses and individuals for always supporting employment for those in our community who might otherwise go unnoticed.


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