How has Alex’s life changed over the past year? That’s an easy answer, she says: “I have a job. I was able to achieve one of my life goals thanks to Neil Squire.”
Alex was on the hunt for an organization that truly understood how her disability affects her in a work environment. Along with that, she was looking for a job that worked for her. This brought her to Neil Squire’s doors in New Brunswick last year.
Alex has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy (new window). She uses a cane or a walker.
As she progressed through the Working Together program, Alex began walking every day. She felt more confident communicating with others and developed self-confidence while she was working with her Career Facilitator.
Alex then began working with her Job Developer to secure part-time employment. This was very important to her. She wanted to have more freedom to do and have what she wanted. She also wanted her independence, while being able to contribute to society.
Alex and her Job Developer were starting to make progress identifying jobs that suited her – until COVID-19 hit. But Alex wasn’t going to let COVID-19 affect her search.
Alex has a passion for working with children and needs flexibility in her work environment to be successful. Through networking, her Job Developer found a position that would be the perfect fit.
The opportunity was with Brilliant Labs (new window), a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada. They support the integration of creativity, innovation, coding, and an entrepreneurial spirit within classrooms and educational curricula. After an interview with Alex, Brilliant Labs was impressed and offered her the job!
Alex loves her new job. She is working on data entry for projects and knows there will be opportunities to grow within the organization.
Alex met a goal and is on her way to reaching more with the help of her determination and newfound self-confidence. Congratulations, Alex!