Corey Henderson, RMT, ShoreWest Massage Therapy, Oakville: I opened my business, ShoreWest Massage Therapy, last October 2008. I was diagnosed with epilepsy when I was 16 years old. I was having 20 seizures a day. It got to a point where I was not able to leave my home.

[In 2002, Corey enrolled in the Ontario Disability Support Program’s (ODSP) Employment Supports to help him find and secure a career path.]

Corey Henderson: When I got on ODSP, they helped me to find a path. They did an aptitude test and found out a couple things that I was suited for. And through them I was able to go to school and become a massage therapist. And I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.

Bernice Lawlor, Corey’s former ODSP Employment Supports caseworker, Hamilton: In Corey’s case, we were able to cover daycare costs, we provided transportation costs, supplies, he needed uniforms. With other people, the services range from basic job readiness skills — so we can do their resumes, we can do mock interviews with them, we teach them how to job search. I think it’s important for people to see that the employment supports program works.

Corey Henderson: I won the best massage therapist for Oakville — the Readers’ Choice Award. I have a very strong clientele that I really enjoy working with. I love it, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.