By: Marianna

Every year, we offer a variety of summer positions that appeal to the interests of students and youth looking for work experience. Our summer staff have highlighted that they’ve enjoyed working with amazing people, making meaningful connections, and having exciting and dynamic workdays. Here is what some of our summer students and staff have to say about their experiences:

SOPHIE, RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

“This has by far been my favourite summer job yet… My most memorable experience working with DDA has been the people.”

AARON, JOBS WEST

“The employees here are all unique which really complements each other’s skills, and creates a vibrant workplace culture that’s welcoming and non-judgemental. This experience has pushed me in many ways to be a more effective leader, an organized person, and a creative inventor…. It has revealed my potential to lead others in a meaningful way, and I see myself continuing to improve these skills.”

KRISTEN, RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

“This is one of the best jobs you can get as a student if you are studying something related to healthcare. Staff are treated well and there was lots of opportunity for personal growth.”

JOSHUA, ASSISTANT ART INSTRUCTOR, MAIN STREET DROP-IN

“Coming to work every day to do my passion and help others has been an amazing experience for me. [It’s] been a different but very fun and rewarding experience.”

EUNICE, GRANDVIEW DAY PROGRAM

“I learned that I really enjoy and find meaning in working with people with developmental disabilities.”

MARIANNA, COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT

“This position has allowed me to take initiative on projects and focus on the areas I’m interested in. I’ve been able to gain experience and expand on practical skillsets that I know will be useful in future jobs, all in a supportive environment where my voice feels valued and respected.”

AYAN, MAIN STREET DROP-IN

“It’s easily the best job I’ve ever had. I wish the summer was longer so I could stay longer. [The clients] are all pretty amazing individuals and your experience will be all the more amazing once you build strong bonds with the people here. Fair warning though, you’ll miss them once you’re gone!”

AMY, TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM WORKER

“Summer workers do not have to be students as I am not, I highly recommend this program to new immigrants- you will experience openness and kindness.’

Thank you to all of the students and staff that made this a memorable summer!

Posted by dda-editor in: Star Newsletter