Why We Exist
Today, 9 more Calgarians had to face the reality of going to work with a disability. What would you do if you couldn’t return to your job because of an illness? An accident? Or Genetic Disease? What if employers looked at you as “damaged” and wouldn’t hire you?
“Without Champions, I don’t know where I’d be right now….”
Clients like Franky tell us “I felt like no one wanted to hire me or even give me a chance. It was so great to come to Champions, to tell them about my life, talk about my learning disability and to get help with my job search. With Champions help, I have a great job with Home Depot that I love and am working hard to become a Head Cashier” – Frank, 2013 Champion, Lot Associate – Home Depot.
At Champions Career Centre, we offer all kinds of career and employment supports for both job seekers and employers. Before Champions, Frank struggled with his job search. He would land interviews but things didn’t seem to progress beyond the interview. This broke down Frank’s confidence and he wasn’t sure where to go from there. That is when he was introduced to Champions Career Centre. We decided that instead of providing the traditional group workshop, we would tailor our program to meet his specific needs. So we began working with him one-on-one building his interviewing skills and his confidence.
We met with Frank to review his goals and challenges. In this meeting we discovered that he was a very personable and determined individual who enjoyed helping people. Through our conversations with him we discovered that his skills and personality would make him a great asset for any company in a customer service role. Now Frank is known by name to customers, brings a smile to everyone he encounters, and has won multiple “Homer awards” for amazing customer service!
A big misconception is that people with disabilities are different. One in six Albertans has a disability, and since we can’t always see them, we don’t think about things like arthritis, or diabetes, epilepsy, learning disorders, mental health illnesses, etc. as being a disability, but they are.
We help individuals like Franky every single day. We are proud to be changing lives by creating inclusive workplaces and strong communities.