Kerry has reached a milestone very few achieve in their working life: 20 years at the same job.
Kerry, who has an intellectual disability, was placed with Coles Toormina through her Disability Service Provider, Key Employment, in 1995.
Cherie Walker, Kerry’s Employment Consultant, is on hand to support her and Coles in managing Kerry’s day-to-day duties.
“I am so impressed with Kerry’s product knowledge and of the fantastic job she does in the bakery,” Cherie said.
“She loves coming to work and even after two decades she still serves every customer with a beaming smile.”
Coles honoured Kerry’s contribution with a lunch and presented her with a ’20 years of service’ badge, a plaque signed by the staff and a voucher.
Coles Toormina Store Manager, Chris Marsh, acknowledges what an integral part of the team Kerry has become.
“In my experience people with disability are more reliable and have an inherent desire to work,” Chris said.
“This has certainly been the case with Kerry who takes great pride in her work and is a real favourite with many of our regular customers.”
“It’s a great place to be to make great friendships and get along with everyone. They have a good laugh and make it fun. The teachers are chilled and not as strict. They treat us with respect and like adults.”
“This is a necessary course for people with low esteem, life skills and self worth. There is a sense of achievement at the conclusion of the course with the added bonus of feeling that going forward is achievable.”
“If it wasn’t for Key Employment I wouldn’t have the job I have now. I would not have had the confidence to apply for the job I did or do well in the interviews if it wasn’t for them. Key Employment isn’t scary! Just sign up with them and they will help you find a full-time or part-time job.”
“Now I don’t think I am below anybody. I feel different from what I used to believe. I am treated like an equal individual and my opinions are listened to with respect and courtesy.”
“I found the course to be interesting and have learnt a lot about animals. It has pointed me in the direction of my future which is looking brighter. I met new friends and highly enjoyed the trips we went on. I also loved the teacher; she is beautiful.”