David - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

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Perseverance pays off

Photograph of David
“I’m very proud of my accomplishments. People told me that I couldn’t do it, but I proved them wrong. I couldn’t have done it without the help of supportive, encouraging people like Derek, from EmployAbilities and the staff at Alberta Works. If I can do it, anyone can. Never stop trying!”

David lost his hearing at a young age which also affected his speech. Despite his challenges, he worked very hard, received a High School Diploma and got a job at a feedlot where he worked for 17 years.

He lost his right arm due to a workplace injury and is unable to use a prosthetic device. He tried returning to work at the feedlot, but the work proved to be too physically demanding.

David accessed employment and training services at the Vegreville Alberta Works Centre which helped him to obtain employment with Weiss Mechanical. This job was more suited to his interests and abilities.

With the support of staff at the Alberta Works Centre and EmployAbilities, a program funded by the Government of Alberta, David began an apprenticeship with Weiss Mechanical. He accessed Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES) to attend apprenticeship training at the Lakeland College.

Thanks to a lot of dedication and significant hard work, David successfully obtaining Journeyman status as a Parts Person and was promoted at his new workplace.

For more information about Alberta Works programs and services in Vegreville, call 780-632-8686 or toll free at 780-310-0000.

Modified: 2015-04-07
PID: 18007