Young woman offered life-altering opportunity

by Marie Williams-Gagnon
Transcript & Free Press, Glencoe

A young Alvinston woman has been offered an opportunity that may well serve her long into the future. Kim Myers describes the difficulties in finding a position for her 21-year-old daughter Sarah, who is autistic. “Most employers were not receptive,” she says, adding that although her daughter is high-functioning, it is difficult getting people to realize that.

Becoming discouraged and unable to see the light at the end of the government waiting lists, Sarah’s aunt Coleen and cousin Amanda Myers suggested that she apply at the Glencoe Foodland where they are employed. Kim says that Brian and Mary Peoples had no hesitation in hiring Sarah for a few hours each week, facing product on the shelves.

“I have to commend Brian and Mary for stepping outside of the box and her aunt and cousin for approaching them,” Kim says.

The Peoples, who will be leaving Glencoe for a new store in Bobcaygeon at the end of October, say that the work Sarah does is amazing and that she is very focussed on her job. Presently, she works Mondays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with the goal being that she eventually work three days a week.