A very encouraging story about a young man with Down syndrome carving out his future in regional Australia:
By Alan Erskine, Mildura Weekly, 10th February, 2011
He might be a trifle inexperienced, but Stuart Chaplin mixes a mean lemon squash. Just the right amount of lemon, soda and ice.
Stuart, 20, is the latest addition to the staff at Mildura Working Man’s Club, a job he secured on his own initiative after successfully completing a two-year TAFE course in work education.
It could be said that he already had a foot in the door, having completed work experience at the Workers while still at school, and staff say they were impressed with his infectious attitude and enthusiasm.
Part-time work is another thing entirely, but Workers CEO John Harlock and club operations manager Jill Fleming said Stuart presented well at his interview, and won the job as a trainee on merit.
...... read more about Stuart and his big plans for the future here.