Local legend reaches milestone
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.