The Fat Guys Distribution Centre is a large space, and it is filled with new shelving, freshly stocked.  We caught up with Josh there.  He was part of the team that pulled it all together.   “I feel proud looking around, realizing I did this”, Josh says.  He is confident, grateful, and eager to share his story. 

At the beginning of 2018, Josh had been actively looking for work for a long time.  He was frustrated and his confidence was shot.  “ I was in a rough situation”, Josh explained, “and after I left home, I was in an even rougher situation.”  He did have a full-time job for a while but he let things slip.  He was bored and unmotivated and he ended up losing the job.  Nothing was clicking for Josh.   

When Josh came in to YES, he met with Hannah and she became his youth worker.  “Hannah helped me a lot.  It was great having someone to talk to about the stuff I was going through”, Josh said.  He entered the Youth Job Connection program and the workshop curriculum seemed to focus on just what he needed.  The information that really hit home for Josh was about work ethic, punctuality and commitment.  Josh really took these lessons to heart and carried them with him into his work placement. 

Josh started at Done-Rite Tire and Auto at the end of May.  He felt a sense of camaraderie with his co-workers right away and did not mind that he was starting at the bottom, sweeping floors and cleaning.  He was encouraged and thanked by his employers for the work he was doing and that made all the difference for Josh.   His hard work quickly paid off.  Soon he was bringing in and washing vehicles.  Impressed with his work, they moved him to Action Tire and he rose to the challenge of organizing the office.  “If you’re offered the opportunity to learn something new, you take it”, Josh says.   

When Josh’s placement ended, the business hired him on full-time at Fat Guys Auto Parts.  “Where I am now is better than anything I ever hoped”, Josh said.   His initiative landed him a place on the team that is preparing inventory for the launch of a new and improved version of fatguys.com.  Josh is seizing every opportunity offered by the business, “I was given the responsibility and I am running with it”.  Josh’s new found confidence and stellar work ethic will certainly serve him well in the future.  Congratulations Josh!  

A big shout out to Doug Wilson and Angela Cadorin for their continued efforts in providing meaningful employment opportunities in our community. 

If you would like to find out more about the programs YES delivers, come and meet with one of our friendly Career Development Practioners.  No appointment necessary, Just walk in.  

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