Profile of courage: Zach’s Story
Zach is a formerly shy, co-op student from Keswick, Ontario who happens to have autism, a condition, which affects the development of social, and communication skills.
Last year, Zach’s teacher called Keswick Store Manager, Kirk Sawyer to ask about work opportunities for her special-needs students. Seeing it as a chance to give back to the community, the manager responded by bringing in three students, including Zach. He gave the young student a role as an intern and greeter, which provided Zach with a fine opportunity to meet and interact with people.
Rising to the challenge, Zach has been changed by the experience to become far more socially at ease. On the strength of his positive performance in dealing with customers, manager Kirk Sawyer has since offered a paying position as a part-time associate in the electronics department, which the young man has now happily accepted.
Zach’s story reflects our culture of inclusion. By embracing our differences – whether of age, gender, disabilities or ethnicity – we’re a stronger company for it.