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Finding the right job with the right coaching and support

By Marissa Hendo

My name is Marissa Hendo. I’m 20 years old and originally from Oshawa, Ont. I was born Deaf, but my hearing loss wasn’t discovered until I was eight months old. Soon after, I received cochlear implants at SickKids Hospital.

In high school, communication could be difficult, but it was when I was looking for a part-time job that I encountered the most difficulty. Since most people in the working world were hearing, I had to try so hard to convince them that someone who is Deaf could still do a good job. I tried to explain different ways to communicate in the workplace – such as lip-reading, writing back and forth, and teaching other staff members to sign – but most employers I encountered weren’t willing to give me a chance.

That’s when one of my teachers suggested I visit my local Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) office. There I met CHS Employment Consultant Darren Bailey.

With Darren’s expertise, I learned how to create a professional resume and cover letter and how to improve my interview skills. Darren also ensured that an FM system or interpreter was available in case I needed it for an interview. Soon after coming to CHS, I was hired at Kawartha Dairy while still attending high school.

After finishing high school, Darren continued to stay in touch with me, letting me know about different job opportunities that matched my skills and future career goals. When I moved from Oshawa to Peterborough to study social work at Fleming College, Darren notified me of a job at Peterborough Communication Support Systems (PCSS), a non-profit agency which provides support services to adults living with communication challenges and developmental disabilities. With CHS’s guidance, I was able to get a job as a part-time support worker with PCSS while completing my post-secondary studies. Someday I hope to have a full-time career advocating for people who need support, including people who are Deaf and hard of hearing.

My experience at CHS has been overwhelmingly positive. With Darren’s coaching, I feel more independent and prepared for whatever my future career has in store. 

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