Frances Collison busing tables at Gin's on Canyon.

New skills learned through Kootenay Employment Services customized work program

Web Lead

I am 19 years old. I am an employee at Gin’s on Canyon. Though I have Down syndrome, I was able to find employment through Kootenay Employment Services with its job coach program. When the boss of Gin’s on Canyon, Virginia Bergman, met me during our short interview, she hired me straight away.

Working at Gin’s means I have to be on my feet a lot, while working at a fast pace. I love working at Gin’s. People there are very kind and respectful towards me. The hardest part is lifting heavy trays of plates and cups. I am working at it, though. I have improved a lot from when I started in April. I work at least three hours a day. I start my shift at 11 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m.

I had two different job coaches. One was my best friend Bree Olsen and my new one is Emily Caldwell. They have helped me at work. KES has a program for people with disabilities to have a job coach and wage subsidy while they are learning the new skills of the job.

Working at Gin’s has taught me many new skills, like washing windows, clearing and cleaning tables, doing the bathrooms, polishing cutlery and even taking the drink orders. Soon I will be working all by myself. My hard work will pay off by being able to buy things I want, like a convertible! My work at Gin’s has brought me tips and being noticed for my hard work.

I hope to learn new skills like working with money and being a full waitress, but for now I am very happy and enjoy my days at Gin’s. I thank Gin and KES for this opportunity to work in my community. Being employed, to me, means gaining skills for future jobs and this makes my life more successful. Hard work always pays off in the end!

—BY FRANCES COLLISON

Just Posted

C.V. Hospital Tuck Shop purchases new equipment

C.V. Hospital Tuck Shop has purchased a transport chair plus bedside and… Continue reading

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is coming to Creston

MP Wayne Stetski invites the public to join him and Federal NDP… Continue reading

I voted for Proportional Representation

“I look forward to new ideas and reforms being introduced based on their merits, rather than based on who is introducing them or opposing them.”

Referendum deadlines approaching

Return your voting package to Elections BC by 4:30 p.m. on November 30.

99 Red Ballons

By Brian Lawrence In what has become an annual tradition, students in… Continue reading

Extreme Education and Career Fair helps give back to the community

It’s estimated that there will be one million job vacancies in the next nine years in B.C.

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Offensive Facebook post by Okanagan Conservative riding sparks outrage

Post taken down after Conservative MP in neighbouring riding condemns it and demands removal

Judge rules against ALC on rural B.C. subdivision

The ALC can’t change the definition of an acre, the judge ruled.

Most Read