Orange’s Jonathon Dickerson is living proof that the old adage of ‘do what you love, and you’ll never work another day in your life’ is alive and well. The 50-year-old is thriving as a car washer at West Orange Motors (WOM).
Unfortunately, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing on the employment front for Mr Dickerson. A quiet and reserved man, his background of mental health issues made finding and maintaining steady, meaningful employment difficult.
He turned to not-for-profit employment services provider VERTO for assistance in December 2022. Through the Australian Government’s Disability Employment Services (DES) program, the VERTO team approached WOM Dealer Principal Blair Blashki about giving Mr Dickerson a chance.
A successful interview ensued, and in April, Mr Dickerson ticked over 13 weeks of employment. He has already made quite the impression on the WOM team and received a small pay rise for his dedication and commitment.
“We are extremely happy with Jonathon’s performance. He shows up every day, is polite, courteous, and always pays close attention to detail in his role,” Mr Blashki said. “He is a joy to have around the place. We couldn’t be happier.”
VERTO DES Client Consultant Allison Dean said she was very proud of Jonathon and remarked on the change in his confidence and overall well-being.
“Jonathon is extremely motivated and committed, and we’re just so proud of him. It’s very rewarding when he now presents to the VERTO office happy, outgoing and confident with a smile from ear to ear,” Mrs Dean said.
A humble Mr Dickerson paid tribute to the team at VERTO for helping him turn his life around.
“They were always encouraging and supportive and kept me on my toes. I’m lucky that everyone is friendly and it’s a good work environment at WOM,” he said.
VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell believes Mr Dickerson’s story is inspiring and should encourage others to seek help when needed, no matter the circumstances.
“Overcoming mental and physical barriers can be very daunting, but Jonathon’s journey is proof that with the right advice and support, life-changing opportunities are out there,” he said.
“This successful outcome is a testament to Jonathon’s tenacity and the dedication of Orange’s DES team, who continue to go above and beyond to help their clients.”
If you are a job seeker in need of support, please reach out to VERTO’s experienced employment consultants on 1300 483 786 or visit www.verto.org.au.