Over the years Canadian Goodwill Industries has had the extreme privilege of meeting and working with a variety of unique, hard working and talented individuals. Each team member brings their own story and experiences!
Meet Robert, one of our Driver Assistants!
Robert has been a part of our Canadian Goodwill family since July of 2003. You may often see him on our trucks assisting with donation pick-ups and deliveries, as well as at our various Canadian Goodwill store locations. He has become an invaluable member of our team, and one of our most dedicated employees.
Due to complications at birth, Robert was left with a learning and speech disability. With the passing of his mother, Robert decided with his brother and sisters that it was time for him to find more independence. Robert paired up with a job placement worker from Connect Employment Services. Connect Employment is a nonprofit, community-based organization founded in Manitoba, that supports and provides employment services to adults with intellectual disabilities who are living in the city of Winnipeg. Since the start of his employ at Canadian Goodwill Industries, Robert has moved to his own apartment and has gained personal independence and life skills. Throughout his 16 years with us he has also acquired a repertoire of work related skills and experiences.
Robert is very proud of his job and the friends he has made. He has come a long way from where he was before he first started with Canadian Goodwill, and through his aspirations of self-growth, his success and independence continue to rise! We couldn’t be happier to have been a part of this journey with him thus far, and are proud and thankful to have him as part of our team.
Meet Brendan, a Receiver at our St. Anne’s store location!
Brendan has been a member of our team since July 2018. This very friendly and hardworking gentleman works in the donation and production department of our 317 St. Anne’s St. location, and is always ready and happy to assist both staff and customers.
Brendan was diagnosed at the age of 10 with Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourette’s Syndrome. While Asperger’s Syndrome plays a huge part in a person’s ability to socialize, he is always very friendly and polite, and would do anything for anybody. He is incredibly high functioning and brilliant, is an avid gamer, and extremely gifted in the workings of most electronics. Brendan graduated from Churchill High School in 2017, and is the youngest of 3 children, and an uncle to 2 (soon to be 3). Upon meeting and getting to know him you will find that he has one of the kindest hearts imaginable. He is a huge lover of animals, and volunteered at the Winnipeg Humane Society as a cat cuddler and rabbit wrangler.
In July of 2018 Brendan came to Canadian Goodwill to gain work experience and training, and made such an impression with our staff that we were thrilled to find that he was interested in becoming a part of our team full time. He came aboard as a full time staff member in August 2018, and has been an invaluable member of our team ever since.
Brendan loves working at Canadian Goodwill because he has made some very good friends, and he appreciates that all of the staff have been very welcoming and accepting of the fact that he has disabilities. He has enjoyed learning new tasks, as well as the way a business functions. Throughout his time with us he has opened up more to people, and this has resulted in huge strides to his self esteem. He feels like a valuable piece of the puzzle, and goes home every day feeling accomplished.
Thank you Brendan for being a part of our Goodwill family! We are so happy to have you with us, and we appreciate all of the hard work and positivity that you bring to our team each day.
While attending Red River College, studying to be a nurse, David unfortunately had a stroke at the age of 21.
David was able to recover for the most part after his many surgeries and physiotherapy sessions. However, David was left with the terrible side effect of short term-memory loss.
Unable to complete his education at Red River College due to his memory loss, David sought out to find himself a new job. After trying a few places such as Walmart, it was clear that his disability was getting in the way of his success.
After coming to the Canadian Goodwill, David found a comfortable place to work where his disadvantage would not be frowned on, and where he could work with others who would not judge him but help him.
Peaches came into Canadian Goodwill in search of job training. Peaches’ disability began at birth when she was diagnosed with Yellow Fever. This illness caused Peaches to have difficulties in controlling movement in her hands, a minor speech impediment and a learning disability.
Peaches’ cheerful smile and great work ethic led Canadian Goodwill to offer Peaches a full-time position. Today you can find Peaches working for the Canadian Goodwill, allowing Peaches to live independently supporting herself and her son.