“I Have Skills That I Never Knew I Had”

Employ-Ability Participant MaureenMaureen was referred to the Neil Squire Society’s Employ-Ability program by her case worker at Ontario Works. She was seeking assistance in developing a realistic employment action plan that focused on her strengths and abilities. Maureen has mild osteoporosis (new window) and flat foot syndrome (new window). In addition, she suffered a back injury approximately four years ago. Living with these combined conditions has impacted her ability to secure full time employment. She cannot stand or sit for extended periods of time, or perform heavy lifting.

Maureen’s difficulty finding suitable employment persisted even though she has over 17 years of experience working in a variety of settings and has acquired many transferable skills. The Employ-Ability program was the breakthrough she needed.

Through the Employ-Ability program, she identified a wide variety of skills she acquired over the years. Maureen was enthusiastic about job prospects in the areas she identified as of high interest—working with animals in any capacity, writing, and editing.

Before long, Employ-Ability Classroom Assistant, Natalie Ducey, learned through a conversation with the owner of a local newspaper, that they were seeking an assistant. Maureen’s hard work and dedication proved successful when she was offered the position of Proofreader and Editor’s Assistant.

The Employ-Ability program has helped me in so many ways. I found out that I have skills that I never knew I had. Everyone was very supportive, which gave me the confidence to go out and find a part time job with the Newspaper. I really enjoy working as Assistant to the Editor. I want to thank everyone involved during the time I was in the program. If it wasn’t for all of you this dream job would not have been possible” says Maureen.

Congratulations Maureen!

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