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With Confidence Comes Success

When an accident changed Josh Flahr’s outlook on life, the Saskatchewan Abilities Council helped him set a new course for himself.

The accident not only left him dealing with chronic pain, anxiety and physical limitations, it also dealt a serious blow to his confidence and sense of self-worth. He came to Partners in Employment in Moose Jaw looking for support.

Josh wanted a job that fit his interests and skills but, like so many of us, he wasn’t sure what those were. He participated in a mobile vocational evaluation to identify his strengths and explore his interests. Josh began the career development process and soon decided that working in a restaurant kitchen might be a good fit. Council staff went to work to support Josh in his decision. He attended a short course in a community kitchen to get a “taste” for the work, followed by a course in safe food handling. Council staff then helped Josh land his first restaurant job—as a kitchen assistant/food preparer at Browns Socialhouse in Moose Jaw.

Partners helped me through the whole process, especially getting over the first six-week phase of starting a new job,” Josh says. “They offered support and facilitated employer feedback, so I knew if I was doing well and what I needed to improve upon.”

“Browns Socialhouse has been a terrific natural support for Josh,” adds Raelynne Doka, Partners in Employment Supervisor. “The company has an excellent training and reward program, which allows staff to enjoy their work life, and managers are understanding and accommodating. Josh has proved himself a valuable employee.”

Since he started the job, Josh’s confidence and self-worth have improved. “I have gotten more comfortable overall and am starting to become more social. I’m sticking with a job and enjoying it. I’m achieving the goals I set out,” he says proudly.

The job opportunity at Browns Socialhouse, combined with support from Partners in Employment, is exactly what Josh needed. He likes his job, enjoys the social environment and is excited to know he has options for career growth. “Josh is a success story, not only because of his employment success, but also because of the motivation and hard work he continually displays,” Raelynne says.

“Partners helped me feel better about myself. I have less stress in my life, and I have gained stability and purpose.”
- Josh Flahr, Client, Moose Jaw Partners In Employment