I have been a part of the SILP program for many years now and I am glad to be a part of this great program.
The SILP program has helped me to become more independent and that feels great! When my CLSD worker and the SILP manager at the time approved me into the program, I was very happy to have some more supports in my life that I didn’t before.
The SILP staff have helped me become more independent in many ways, they have helped me with financial things like keeping up with paying my utilities and cell phone.
They have helped me with getting a new job as a cleaning lady at the new SSILC office as I was laid off from my previous job when COVID-19 hit the world.
During COVID-19 the SILP staff have helped me greatly with keeping up my positive attitude as it was hard to be on lockdown within my apartment building. Jenn and Alex helped me by going and picking up important things that I was not able to go out and get myself like toiletries and cat food and litter, and also groceries. It helped me to be able to video chat with them as that was the only way we could still visit and be safe. I and Alex also had tailgate meetings in the parking lot and that was a lot of fun too!
SILP has helped me when I am having a bad day and they are there for me to talk to and support me when I need to talk. They help me to figure out what I can do to make my bad day go a little bit better. They are great people to talk to when I need them for advice
I have fun with the support workers when we go to the malls or grocery store to shop. I have fun joking around with Jenn when we go have our lunches at the Western Pizza down the block from my apartment. When we were able to get together as a whole group it was great to have little parties and BBQs in the park
My life changed for the better when I enrolled for SSILC’s Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program. I was feeling quite depressed and discouraged with the lack of accommodation for anyone with a disability in my most recent work place. I began looking into any programs for people in my situation and registered with the SSILC intake in August 2016. I was told about the Entrepreneur with Disabilities program and I got quite excited because I used to do freelance work to supplement my income. I realized I needed to find some type of employment that was more flexible in hours and would give me more control over the amount of hours I worked. At my most recent employment, I organized and rebuilt a Customer Service Representative position for a new Centre Manager at a shopping mall here in Regina. He offered me the full- time position, however, I could not accept it, due to my disabilities and an operation I was to have on my shoulder. I took the part-time position instead and assisted him in finding someone else to work full-time. I supplied basic training to the new full-time hire as well as the other new staff she hired when she was promoted to Supervisor. I organized all paper and electronic files at our work station, built several Excel databases, designed business forms and contact lists, as well as writing and desktop publishing a high end quality CSR Procedures Manual. And I achieved all this while working only “part-time” hours. Sadly, most employers only offer health benefits, training, and higher wages to staff that can work full-time hours. And that was why I registered for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program. I completed this training and graduated in March 2017. I found all the staff just wonderfully understanding, supportive, encouraging, and accommodating. The program material was professionally designed and facilitated. What I didn’t expect was the “self-help” training that will be so important to anyone running their own business and so vital to a person with a disability. At the time of writing this, I am continuing my research and training myself in the skills I need to be self employed as a Psychic Reader and Healer. I have had a passion for doing readings since my sister presented me with my first deck of Tarot Cards on my sixteenth birthday. And this particular line of work would give me the flexibility to work part-time hours while avoiding the hours of the intensive computer work that had physically hurt me in the past. SSILC also assisted me in receiving Paratransit Services during winter months, as well as supplying me with a character reference for the Subsidized Senior Housing program. I need to find a healthier and safer place to live before I can put my business plan into full swing. During this time of transition, I plan to attend other SSILC events and learning seminars. It is so good to make new friends and expand our horizons. The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program has given me hope and excitement that I can still contribute to society. So I am celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday this year by sharing my story with you. We all need hope for a better future. Without hope, there is no future.
My name is Theresa and I've been involved with SSILC for a few months. I have been enjoying the SSILC programs working with group sessions.
Since August of 2016 I was volunteering at the front desk doing receptionist duties. I have also done a computer class and have learned a lot and gained more skills. My self-esteem was low until I joined the SSILC programs, with these groups and the computer class I'm hoping to get a job from all the skills I'm learning.
SSILC is a great place to learn about skills for work or in life. The staff is great and very helpful in helping customers achieve their goals. I have gained more confidence since being with SSILC.
I heard about SSILC through an advertisement pamphlet for people with disabilities who needed help to assimilate back into the workforce. I was not optimistic as I had tried a similar program years ago but went anyway.
I could tell this place was much different right away, I was welcomed with a smile and the atmosphere in the office was exceptionally personable and welcoming. Throughout the whole process I knew SSILC Moose Jaw would help me with anything and filling out a resume and job search was not so overwhelming, I could tell when I talked to the staff that this wasn't just a job that was filling in time for …SSILC really did shine and I could tell they sincerely wanted to help. Every time I envision myself as an office worker I think of SSILC Moose Jaw as the perfect example of what I want to be like with customers I deal with.
I felt like I lost my humanity when I got my disease because people looked at me different and treated me like I didn't belong all of a sudden, after 16 years my job made me feel like I was no longer welcome and friendly faces ceased to exist. I was in constant pain because the job was too physical for my condition but had no other skills so by the time I got to SSILC I felt very physically and mentally unwell. I now have been in my new position for a few weeks and my coworkers are wonderful, it's nice not to go to work and not be hated because I look funny at the job I'm doing. My pain is also much less and I am no longer sick when I leave work. I'm so grateful to have been given this opportunity and will forever be grateful.