I decided to go to The Employment Services Program at The Canadian Hearing Society – Sudbury office. I needed some help to find a job. I had completed grade 12 at Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf but had been unable to find a job. I had worked hard during my schooling to build a resume – volunteered in janitorial; done a co-op at a collision centre; I even had summer employment doing deliveries for a Pizza place. All that.... but still it was hard to get a job when I returned home.
When I met with two Employment Consultants at CHS; we sat down and talked about the types of careers that interested me, the certificates I had and what I had done during my schooling years. Then we talked about the kind of jobs available here in Sudbury. My Employment Consultants really helped me figure out what sort of job I'd be good at, and connected me with Giant Tiger. I tried out the job for a few days and decided I would like to work there. The manager Richard McKay liked my work and wanted to hire me! I've been working for Giant Tiger, stocking shelves since July 2008. When I started work I had a job assistant with me (the Employment Consultants set up the people to come and help me). They helped me to learn my job in my first language, ASL. I also got devices so that I could communicate with my boss and other workers. Now I am independent at work but know that I can call CHS Employment Services anytime. Recently, Giant Tiger offered to train me in some other receiving room duties, my training starts soon and I will be using an interpreter and job assistant to help me learn the new duties, again, through Employment Services.
I would never have had this opportunity if I hadn't connected with Employment Services at The Canadian Hearing Society and best of all it was FREE!