Zosia had polio as a child and didn't walk until she was three years old. She worked as a physiotherapist for over 25 years, and later became an insurance broker. A passion for the well-being of people with disabilities drove her to create the Langley Pos-Abilities Society in 2010.
As Executive Director of the Society, she does a lot of presentations. “My presentations were pretty basic. I don’t know how to use half of these programs, like Excel and PowerPoint."
“One of my goals was to become proficient,” she continues. “I used to be afraid to try certain things, because I was sure if I tried something I’d lose it or mess it up. So that was very difficult for me.”
Zosia was paired with volunteer tutor, Jason.
“People learn in different ways,” Zosia explains. “They matched me with a very interesting person, who was very much in tune to how I learned and how to help me. I was really impressed. It’s changed my approach to technology.”
With the help of Working Together and Bridge Adult Service Centre, Jesse landed his first paid job at Moore Automotive and Recreation Store (M.A.R.S). He had previously volunteered at M.A.R.S. through the Centre, so he felt comfortable within their work environment.
In the past, Jesse has struggled with verbal direction. He has now become confident in disclosing his learning style and knows what he needs to complete work responsibilities successfully.
"Now I can save money for very important things like trips, camping or stuff for my apartment," says Jesse. "Everyone there has a good sense of humor and is nice – it is great there.”
“We truly believe Jesse is one of our most valued employees and we are very pleased we decided to hire him,” says Shelly Scott of M.A.R.S. “His work ethic and loyalty is over and beyond. He brightens up the whole place and has an amazing sense of humor. He is willing to learn new things and just gets the work done.”
"At [my work] I am required to monitor audio alarms such as fire and unauthorized intrusion," says Thomas. "My hearing impairment is such that without hearing devices I would be putting customers and co-workers at risk every day.”
Through WorkBC Assistive Technology Services, Thomas was able to acquire hearing aids. Now, he says, “I do my job with greater confidence knowing I will not mess up because I didn't hear something important.”
“Being able to hear is a true gift," he adds. "One only appreciates it when they lose this ability. My new hearing devices allow me to look forward to going to work."