A group of students at Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School in the Supported Work Experience Program have left their mark on a new room at the Good Shepherd Venture Centre.
“The program helps facilitate a partnership between home, school, and local partners to develop functional skills and social awareness through participation in work placements, volunteer and recreational programs and post-secondary,” said Transition Coordinator/Facilitator Job Coach Theresa Haworth.
“The philosophy of the program is that all student's regardless of their challenging needs can grow and develop in their own community.”
For years, students within the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board have volunteered at the Good Shepherd where they help staff prepare goods and products for the clients who come in day to day, said Job Coach Maria Piazza.
The new room in the Venture Centre, equipped with a sink and stainless-steel counters, will be used to sort foods, including meat and vegetables.
Venture Centre Supervisor Mark Tennant, a big supporter of the Work Experience Program, reached out to students at Bishop Ryan to name the new room as they have had a big hand in giving back to the community through the Good Shepherd.
Students decided to name the room the “Community Work Experience Room” using the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s logo colours of blue and yellow to acknowledge the work done in the program across all schools.
In addition to naming the room, students at Bishop Ryan were given the opportunity to be the first to use room, sorting eggs.
“The mission is to guide to students to a life after school,” said Haworth.