Lo­cal leg­end reaches mile­stone

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

MORE than 15 years ago, the Cur­rimundi Special School pie drive set Justin Wil­liamson on a ca­reer path that he would never look back from.

The Mooloolah res­i­dent had a goal to sell as many pies as pos­si­ble and to de­velop his own cus­tomer ser­vice skills.

Co­in­ci­den­tally, Justin’s num­ber one pie cus­tomers Jenny and Wally Ge­orge were also the own­ers of the lo­cal food store in Mooloolah.

Justin’s mum Dot Wil­liamson in­quired about em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for dis­abil­ity work­ers at the food store and the couple didn’t hes­i­tate to of­fer him a job.

Mr and Mrs Ge­orge were so taken by Justin’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to suc­ceed and warm, friendly ser­vice, they knew he would be a valu­able mem­ber of the team.

More than a decade later and Justin is now a proud pro­duce as­sis­tant at the same store run by White’s IGA. Justin re­cently cel­e­brated his 10 year ser­vice mile­stone.

White’s IGA owner Roz White said “Justin is such an as­set to IGA Mooloolah and we are so very proud to cel­e­brate this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone with him”.

“He al­ways comes to work with a smile on his face and is happy to help staff and cus­tomers when­ever they need it. He’s def­i­nitely a store favourite with our team and our Mooloolah com­mu­nity.

“We feel very lucky to have such a hard-work­ing in­di­vid­ual as part of the White’s IGA Group.”

The 10 year recog­ni­tion adds to an im­pres­sive grow­ing list of achieve­ments.

In 2005 he was awarded with the Ro­tary Pride in Work­man­ship Award and in 1998 he rep­re­sented the Queens­land bas­ket­ball team in the Special Olympics.

Work­ing with the White’s IGA Group has helped him with his con­fi­dence and through his job he has made friends who mean the ab­so­lute world to him.

“I’m so very proud of him and what he has achieved, and he just proves that any­one can do any­thing if they put their mind to it and have the sup­port of a won­der­ful com­mu­nity,” Ms Wil­liamson said.

Justin is now the lat­est mem­ber of the White’s ‘Decader’ Club which in­cludes 18 staff mem­bers.

GOALS: IGA hero Justin Wil­liamson.

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