Alexander is a young man raised on the small Cowessess First Nation (opens in a new window) in Saskatchewan. He relocated to Regina in his teen years for high school.
In December 2014, a half-ton truck struck Alexander, breaking both his femurs, his left clavicle, and several ribs, and lacerating his kidneys. Alexander loved to fix and build things, cook and clean, and go for walks and long bike rides before his injury. Now, he was suddenly unable to lift what he could before the accident and his favourite activities became a pain to endure.
When Alexander started with the Neil Squire Society, he had been working for a casual labour company, but wanted to find something stable and safe where he would be able to develop a rapport with his co-workers. He was able to find a career that grows with him through the Neil Squire Society’s Working Together Program, which helps people with disabilities develop the skills they need to achieve their employment goals.
He says, “What I most appreciate about Neil Squire is that they helped me get a job where I’m able to expand my training and gain experience in different areas of the job that don’t involve back-breaking work.”
Alexander feels that he benefited most from Working Together in creating resumes and cover letters that made creating these documents a breeze. He learned how to tailor his job search documents to positions he found online at the Neil Squire Society – he credits this training for his lightning-fast hire.
Alexander made sure to take advantage of the program’s wellness elements and he is now back to going on long walks and bike rides as he did before his accident.
Alexander is proud of what he learned about the job search process during his time with the Society. Alexander, like most of us, struggled with job interviews before his time with the Society, where he was able to practice interviewing and learn which questions to ask of interviewers during the process. He had been stumped by these questions earlier, but through group work and one-on-one meetings he was able to demystify the hiring process.
Alexander particularly enjoyed the Society’s Computer Comfort Program where he was able to learn the ins and outs of Microsoft Word (opens in a new window). In fact, he was able to find a job so quickly that his only regret is that he was not able to learn more about PowerPoint (opens in a new window) or Excel (opens in a new window). He is proud of what he was able to learn about computers and searching for work while he was in the program.
Alexander is currently excelling at his position in the hospitality industry, where his positive attitude and work ethic are making customers smile every time he steps through the door. He is happy with his stable, new job and is all too eager to thank the Neil Squire Society for their support.