In 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, Damon was laid off from his job at a call centre after 5 y of full time employment with glowing performance reviews. This came as quite a blow to his self-confidence and required major changes in his work/life schedule and balance.
While Damon qualified for the Canadian Economic Recovery Benefit and Employment Insurance, his is driven to work, to continue contributing to his community and to finding new roles where his skills and aptitudes can be applied.
Damon is a personable young man who has served for many years on the Asperger Manitoba Inc. board of directors and recently joined its adult peer support group. During his unemployment, he has added value to these, providing a first person perspective and lending his expertise with Twitch and Discord to launch channels dedicated to those with ASD in Manitoba. He has also participated in provincial and national projects developing resources for those with ASD by those with ASD. You can check out this great series of video and print resources for adults with ASD in Manitoba.
Over the past year, Level It Up worked with Damon to build his confidence, develop his profile, hone his resume and interviewing skills and supported him as he considered, applied for and interviewed for various customer service roles in a range of companies. Level It Up also directly reached out to employers looking for Damon’s skillset and and provided some initial training to staff related to autism awareness and appreciation.
We are happy to report that Damon recently secured a full-time permanent position with InTouch CX working on the AirBnB account. Damon remains committed to making himself indispensable to InTouch CX and is making his way through additional professional development aimed at further career advancement.
Congratulations Damon on your new job and congratulations InTouch CX for your commitment to Damon. May your professional relationship be long and prosperous!
Nelson came to Level It Up as a recent graduate of Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology’s Certificate program in Network and Computer Technology. With his previous work experience in the Geek Squad and as a Courtesy Clerk at Safeway/Sobeys, Nelson no only brought with him the technical skills needed for work in the tech sector, but also had great soft skills related to working with others. Through the training and assessment process, Nelson showed a strong preference for work in an environment where there are clear, concrete and concise expectations and instructions and worked very well in group settings.
As Nelson completed his training and assessment, an interesting opportunity for work at Parian Logistics came forward which required strong attention to detail, cooperating and collaborating with others, and troubleshooting hardware and logistical issues. During the walking interview, Nelson was able to spot and correct one of the problems on the floor and impressed those who were both interviewing and meeting him for the first time.
Nelson was hired and began working almost immediately after completing his training and assessment process with Level It Up. He continues to showcase his attention to detail, unique problem solving abilities and collaborative nature. Parian Logistics has also proved itself to be a rewarding and supportive work environment where employee needs are anticipated and addressed swiftly and employee engagement is of the utmost importance. They were recently recognized for the commitment of their leadership team to advancing a diverse and inclusive workplace with the Mark Wafer Award for Business Excellence from the Canadian Association of Supported Employment. Our thanks to Melissa Yankoski, former HR Generalist at Parian Logistics, Neal Medeiros, General Manager and Colin Tremblay, HR Generalist for their commitment to workplace diversity. And congratulations to Nelson for his ongoing success at Parian!
Chris was recently hired by Canada Border Services Agency into a two year term IT-01 position. Congratulations to Chris on his achievements. We look forward to learning more about your work with CBSA in the coming months!
Violet completed her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Winnipeg, where she excelled in her studies. Through working with Level It Up, Violet was able to affirm her employability skills in the tech sector, gain some confidence and was quickly snapped up by Bitspace Development as a full-time software developer in March 2019. Since then, Violet has successfully launched two mobile apps and has been leading a weekly office crochet club. Violet was recently promoted to Team Lead for Developers at Bitspace and has proven herself to be a key employee in this growing AR/VR company. Congratulations Violet!