Cody’s First Job
A Working Together Success
Cody, who has autism, is an enthusiastic 15-year-old who wanted to have a “real job” so he could earn some money. His intellectual disability means his processing may be a bit delayed, but his will to do his best is always on point.
Through the Neil Squire Society’s Working Together program, Cody was connected to Maple Roch, a social enterprise that procures and sells maple syrup.
Over the summer, Cody played an important role in the day-to-day running of the business. He greeted customers, stocked products on shelves, prepared and served energy drinks made with maple syrup, and helped keep the shop clean. He also created posters and signage for use at the farmer’s market.
“Cody is an excellent worker. His enthusiasm is amazing! He loves to come here every single day,” says Mirjana, the Office Coordinator at Maple Roch. “[The Working Together program] could change an entire generation of those that are vulnerable, and an entire mindset of employers and employees.”
Although Cody is back at school now, he has been offered employment at Maple Roch for next summer!
Visit our website to read Cody’s success story.