Accessibility CoordinatorCompany: Town of Cobourg
Role: Session Presenter
2022 Conference Session:
Accessibility in Hiring
Jamie Kramer, MA, CHRP, CCIP, continuously strives to advance marginalized communities in society and is working toward achieving that through her professional and personal goals.
She brings more than five years of experience working in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility to the role of the Accessibility coordinator at the Town of Cobourg. She has presented at numerous international conferences on the ethical considerations of universal accessibility—a topic she feels passionate about.
Jamie has been a strategic advisor to many municipalities, organizations, and communities through her work in the Youth Advisory Group through the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Serving on the steering committee and as a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Group, she was able to assist the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities incorporate best practices for engaging youth in their communities.
Jamie has worked at every level of government and brings this knowledge of provincial and federal sector needs to her current role at the Town of Cobourg. She was recognized as the Millennial Leader of the Year at the 2019 Women of Inspiration Awards Gala. In 2018, she was awarded the Customer Service (Rookie of the Year) Award for her work on the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative at the City of Windsor.
Having obtained both her CHRP designation and a Master of Arts, Jamie aims to combine her understanding of politics with her knowledge and expertise in human resources. With her extensive knowledge of the inner workings of political parties, including past experience as a public relations coordinator for a provincial election campaign, a correspondent for a federal political party, a Member of Parliament assistant at the House of Commons, and having worked at the municipal level of government, she is able to use all aspects of her education in a meaningful way.
Prior to joining the Town of Cobourg, Jamie worked at the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion as the manager of Consulting. She worked with international, national, and local organizations to act as their strategic advisor on IDEA topics, including analyzing their workplace for gaps and creating strategies to move forward.
To start her career, Jamie worked for the City of Windsor implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. She was responsible for developing employee resource groups along with innovative ideas including creating “Blind Date with a (Diverse) Book” to initiate conversations around diversity.
She spends her downtime volunteering to do more of the same within other organizations. With the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), Jamie is working with a team to assist with recruiting women and diverse candidates for their board of directors. Additionally, she volunteers with a nonprofit organization that works with marginalized young women entering into STEM programs.
Jamie holds an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in political science and a minor in classical studies, an Ontario Post-Graduate Certificate in human resources management from Niagara College, and a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Windsor.