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The Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment honored six public and private employers for their exemplary work recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting people with disabilities.

This year, Washingtonians nominated 22 employers and 8 individuals for these esteemed awards,” said Conrad Reynoldson, chairman of the GCDE awards subcommittee. “The success of our ceremony highlights that inclusion is not just the right thing to do; it also makes good business sense!”

Winners of the 2018 Governor’s Employer Awards Program are:
– Cascade Public Media
– Fred Meyer Store 122
– Kulshan Brewing Company
– Gigglechops Dog Wash
– Educational Service District 123
– City of Bellevue

Washington businesses, agencies, organizations and individuals submitted the nominations. A panel of GCDE members, business representatives and previous award recipients selected this year’s honorees.

In addition to recognizing the employers listed above at a ceremony at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Don Kay was also nominated for his commitment to people with disabilities. Kay, who works at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, received the Governor’s Trophy in memory of Carolyn Blair Brown. This award is the highest honor given to someone with a disability who has significantly empowered people with disabilities.

Gigglechops Dog Wash is a self-service dog wash in Seattle whose mission is to provide employment opportunities to people with disabilities. 20% of their annual net revenue is donated to Brigadoon Service Dogs, a non-profit in Bellingham that provides service dogs for veterans, adults and children with disabilities so they can be more independent. 

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