Charlie Walkus has been employed by the North Island Gazette for over 10 years to deliver the newspaper to the downtown businesses.
The 32-year-old Port Hardy resident, who has cerebral palsy, always looked forward to his newspaper route with the company of his support worker through the Community Links Program.
“Working with Charlie was a great experience over the 10 years we were together at the Gazette,” said Sandy Grenier, former publisher.
“He was always excited to come in and has always been very dependable and reliable. And the subscribers looked forward to seeing Charlie each week, with a smile on his face, bringing the paper.”
Walkus has decided to take a break from delivering the newspaper to move on to other things. He is learning how to use his iPad in order to better his communication and employment skills. Gazette staff thanked Walkus by letting him know how much his dedication and hard work has been appreciated over the many years.
“He is definitely a very valuable employee,” said Gazette Circulation Manager Lilian Meerveld.
“We will miss him.”
The newspaper route gave Charlie the opportunity to do what he loves most: connecting with people, giving a smile, or receiving a hug.
He is recognized and loved by everyone and feels fully part of the community.
If you are an employer looking for employees: Contact Michele Papp, Employment Counsellor, Community Links Supported Employment Program 250-902-7220 or email@example.com.
– Gazette staff