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Elizabeth uses strong work ethic to find success

Mar 18 2019

If a strong work ethic is the key to getting ahead, Elizabeth from Yeppoon will go a long way.

Elizabeth will be 20 next birthday and has Down syndrome. She works as an Assistant in the Kindy room at a childcare centre, where she loves interacting with the children and staff.

Elizabeth’s job is a mainstream position, and she’s paid the same rate as other kindergarten assistants doing the same role.

One of the children Elizabeth works with is Violet, who also has Down syndrome.

Violet’s mother, Shalee says she was excited when she found out Elizabeth was coming to work at the centre.

“As well as it being a great opportunity for Elizabeth, she’s a great role model for Violet in that she can identify someone else with the same condition she has.”

“It’s also great for the other children and the other families. It opens the world up to parents and families to see these opportunities are not a stretch.”

It’s not Elizabeth’s first regular job or the first time she has demonstrated her value in the workplace.

Previously, she completed a Certificate II in Retail while working at a local donut shop.

Her trainer was so impressed by her work they nominated her for the Trainee of the Year Awards – a mainstream program not specific for people with disabilities.

Elizabeth was named one of Queensland’s top five trainees.

Outside of work, Elizabeth loves socialising with her friends and being a part of any activity that involves singing and performing.

Elizabeth received her first NDIS plan 12 months ago and has used this support to facilitate the development of a friendship group, which in turn has seen her develop both socially and emotionally.