Saskatchewan carer for daughter with cerebral palsy expected to work at 59

While Donna Marist may soon be 60 years old, she said it feels like 34.

Originally the Pelicans continue to seek employment for the woman from Nairo, as she continues to help her 29-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy.

Merasti’s vast work experience includes North Saskatchewan Elementary School teacher, actress, and a special needs coordinator.

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When Tricia Ballantine moved to Saskatoon for a new job, Mirsty came with her but it was difficult at her age to find part-time employment.

“I have applied ever since I came here for jobs in the city in 2011 and I got nothing,” said Mirsty.

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“I just need something part-time, during the day, so it is difficult for my situation.

“I wanted me to be there and do something because I’m not someone who likes to sit at home and don’t do anything.” I am working and doing something for others. “

To occupy his time, he volunteered with the Ronald Macdonald House Saskatchewan for nearly three years. She earns approximately $ 700 to $ 1,000 per year with craft projects built to care for her daughter.

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Looking to keep busy, Merkst came to the Radius Community Center in Saskatoon for a targeted initiative for mature working people.

“I said I took that program to help me update my resume, like my resume was really old, and so I took that program and I’m glad I did.”

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“I updated my first aid and CPR certificate in that program. I also learned communication skills, computer skills and interview skills and had to try and find jobs for myself because I am still not competent.

“But then COVID came along. Good thing I finished the program. “

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The Saskatchewan Ministry of Immigration and Career Training (ICT) launched six of these TIOW projects aimed at increasing the employability of older employees aged 55 to 64 with various agencies in the province on January 1, 2020 is.

“It helps them retain active and productive labor market participants and focuses on improving their skills,” read an ICT statement to Global News.

“In late March 2020, after COVID-19 impacted the province, alternative service delivery methods continue to be provided to customers. Changes implemented by agencies include virtual inclination for recruitment, online group-based learning, take-home workbooks for self-study, and one-on-one assistance by video or phone. “

After completing the program in early March 2020, Mirsty was able to do the right thing.

“I actually worked for Peter Balentine Cree Nation as a contact person here in Saskatoon. I was distributing elders’ checks for my membership, also delivering masks and hand sanitizers, gift cards, dry goods, and meat packs that live in Saskatcheon.

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“There are over 11,000 Peter Ballantyne members in Canada, and so they look for people to support membership in one place so I was one of the contact people in Saskatoon and I really enjoyed it. I didn’t mind it at all because it kept me busy. “

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Currently, the merchant is unemployed, but hopes to get more work through First Nation soon.

The ministry stated that the Saskatchewan economy, like others around the world, was not immune to the impact of COVID-19 on the labor market.

“The agencies were successful in recruiting and engaging clients, despite which they were not able to integrate in-person programming. This is evident from the fact that six agencies were able to recruit 172 to the program. “

“Of the 172 clients who participated in the program, 61 percent went on to obtain employment or further education or training. For clients who completed the program without gaining employment, they are being supported to continue their job search. “

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Mirsty said the TIOW program boosted her self-esteem and would recommend it to others.

He said, “You have nothing to lose and you will learn a lot of skills and you will never get old to dream a new one.”

“I was very satisfied with the Radius program. Everyone was very respectful to me and I think the staff was just because they were super. “

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