February 12 – Edmonton…Seventy-five grade seven students from Monsignor Fee Otterson School in Edmonton dropped by the Goodwill Edmonton Southside location .
As part of their school’s “Random Acts of Kindness Week,” students and teachers were on a mission spread Valentine cheer, bringing chocolates and candy; thanking and recognizing Goodwill staff for their service to the community and to Albertans with disabilities.

The students had the opportunity to learn more about Goodwill’s operations and employment training programs for Albertans with disabilities. The students toured the retail store, the donation processing centre, and visited the employment training centre.

“We’re one of the largest employers of persons with disabilities in western Canada,” said President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Alberta Dale Monaghan. “It is through the generosity of those who donate clothing and other gently-used household items that we are able to empower Albertans with disabilities.”

The Power of Work program helps individuals with disabilities find employment or volunteer opportunities. Individuals with disabilities are assisted with: identifying employment goals; employment preparation; job search; and employment coaching. Goodwill helps match employer needs with individual skill sets with the goal of ensuring that individuals are successful in their employment. The program currently operates in Edmonton and Grande Prairie.