November 2nd, 2015
In September and October 2015, service providers across B.C. are participating for the second year in a row in the MentorAbility project, a national program established by the Canadian Association for Supported Employment as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. MentorAbility matches protégés with developmental disabilities with employers (mentors) for a one day experience in a workplace or career they are interested in. Fort St. John Association for Community Living has joined the project again this year, and their story of one of the first matches they made in 2015 is below.
“One of our first matches was with a man who loves his comedy, his memory is unbelievable and he admires the Canadian actor from the shows Corner Gas and Hiccups, Brent Butt. Our local coordinator contacted his manager and set up a meeting. Brent met with Calvin before the show in the green room where they chatted about Calvin’s favorite episodes and Brent’s favorite foods. With the help of the Cultural Centre’s manager Oliver, Calvin, his mother Karen and the local coordinator even received tickets to the sold out show. The smile on Calvin’s face could light up a dark building! Everyone he seen he told them about how he met the famous Brent Butt. It was a dream come true.”