Randy, a Working Together participant at our Prairie Regional Office, recently landed a job as a Counsellor / Social Worker. Here is his story in his own words.
“I was searching to get a second chance at life. I had a friend who had been through the Neil Squire program and they shared that the program had helped prepare them for modern era workforce.
“I became physically disabled in 2007 when I contracted the West Nile virus (opens in a new window) in northern Manitoba. It left me paralyzed from the waist down and as a result I couldn’t walk and was wheelchair bound for a period of 11 months.
“The West Nile virus left me with some extensive nerve damage on my left leg, leaving me with some paralysis on my left leg from the knee down. This has left me with some difficulty in maintaining balance when I am standing. For the past ten years I have been in recovery and over the past ten years I have been kept occupied by being involved in healing and recovery groups.
“The environment at Neil Squire Society was quite conducive to good learning as they set you up to learn at your own pace. I was able to experience a lot of personal growth and development.
“The program has helped me develop a greater sense of optimism and more inner strength. I have learned to ask others for assistance when needed, and have helped others when they needed support. There has been an overall greater maturity. I really learned how to depend on adaptive technology and how it has made my life easier and more efficient. I enjoyed working with the staff and have been amazed with their knowledge of employment and their understanding of people.
“Since starting this program I have gotten more definitive in where I want my life to go. I secured employment with The Caring Place (opens in a new window) as a counsellor / Social worker. Being in the program has renewed my sense of optimism and made me feel like I am ready for the work force once again.”