Boston Bruins, employee honored by Work Without Limits for advancing disability employment

By Jennifer Rosinski

UMass Medical School Communications

November 03, 2015
  L to R: Alexis D. Henry, ScD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit; Kathy Petkauskos, director of Work Without Limits; Boston Bruins employee John Dunleavy; and Bob Sweeney, executive director of the Boston Bruins Foundation.
 

L to R:Alexis D. Henry, ScD, associate professor of psychiatry and director of the Disability, Health and Employment Policy Unit; Kathy Petkauskos, director of Work Without Limits; Boston Bruins employee John Dunleavy; and Bob Sweeney, executive director of the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Every day that John Dunleavy comes to work for the Boston Bruins, he has a smile on his face and a positive attitude. That approach has made an impression on the entire organization, and led UMass Medical School’s Work Without Limits to honor Dunleavy, who has Down syndrome, and the Bruins for leadership in advancing workplace diversity and disability employment.

“He just brings up the morale of our employees,” Bob Sweeney, executive director of the Boston Bruins Foundation and a former member of the team, told BostonBruins.com. “He takes his job so seriously and I think if all of us can take a little bit of his enthusiasm, I think we’re all going to be better employees.”

Dunleavy began working for TD Garden five years ago through Lorraine Spadaro, who has led the technology and digital advancements for TD Garden for more than 20 years, according to BostonBruins.com.

“Thank you. It means a lot to me and my family,” Dunleavy said after receiving his award at the Work Without Limits “Raise the Bar Hire!” conference in Norwood on Oct. 27. “I want to thank my mom and dad. I want to also thank all of you guys,” said Dunleavy, who also thanked Bruins president Cam Neely and general manager Don Sweeney.

Work Without Limits presented Bob Sweeney with the Exemplary Employer Award and Dunleavy with the Exemplary Employee Award. Watch a video from the Boston Bruins about the honor.

“Work Without Limits is excited to honor the Boston Bruins with our Exemplary Employer Award this year. Through their partnership with the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress, the Boston Bruins have been key leaders and advocates for hiring individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental and intellectual disabilities,” said Kathy Petkauskos, director of Work Without Limits. “The Boston Bruins are true champions of including people with disabilities within their workplaces.”

The Bruins award presentation was highlighted on Twitter, as shown in this Storify.

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