Mighty Hawks

Mighty Hawks looks to close the gap of low employment of individuals with developmental disabilities and give them the resources, mentorship and confidence to overcome barriers in finding jobs.

The Mighty Hawks Story

In Canada, as low as 26% of individuals with a developmental disability have been able to obtain employment, in comparison to 79% of those without one. These individuals are known for their uniquely diverse skill sets and highly positive attitudes, but many face barriers that dissuade them from finding long-lasting employment.

At Mighty Hawks, we emphasize that a developmental disability does not define the scope of one’s abilities. Our weekly workshops support each individual in the development of work-relevant and financial literacy skills with one-one-one support from our Mighty Hawks facilitators, a passionate group of students at Enactus Laurier.  Week over week, the participants have shown amazing progress in their confidence with everything from budgeting their money more effectively, to building a resume, to answering the seemingly simple, but quite difficult question of β€œtell me about yourself.” Mighty Hawks is also now a part of Developmental Services Ontario, expanding its reach to more individuals in and across the region.

This year Mighty Hawks took it beyond the workshops.  For the first time, the team has put together a very special networking event for the Mighty Hawk participants and any individuals in the Waterloo region with a developmental disability. The event brings together a variety of businesses, organizations and individuals of many abilities in the community to celebrate diversity, build connections and to get know each person as an individual, beyond their disability. 

Date Founded:

2017

Sessions Run:

91

Individuals Employed:

14

Volunteer Hours Logged:

50,000+ hours

Enterprise Managers:

Samuel Mello
Christine Searle

"...a disability does not define the scope of ones ability..."

Learn about what Mighty Hawks is doing from 2019-2020 Enterprise Managers, Sam Mello and Christina Foster in their interview with the Lazaridis Stuents' Society. 

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Team Mighty Hawks

The Mighty Hawks team works to develop, manage and grow this enterprise and develop and refine their strategy to continue to solve their enterprise's mission.

Christine Searle
Enterprise Manager
Samuel Mello
Enterprise Manager
Rashmika Fernando
Vice President of Employment
CJ Sider
Vice President of Education
Alexandra Mather-Pedro
Crash Course Coordinator
Jillian Armstrong
Education Development Specialist
Devyn Maybee
Session Manager
Olivia Gauthier
Session Manager
Asil Antown
Enterprise Development Specialist
Lily Liu
Partnerships Specialist
Asad Ali
Partnership Specialist
Carly Lanfer
Employment Specialist
Olivia Ranney
Employment Specialist
Madison Beck
Marketing Specialist
Malcolm Simons
Program Facilitator
Camryn Gaudet
Program Facilitator
Linnea St. Clair
Program Facilitator
Kathleen McAuley
Program Facilitator
Karin Raleigh
Program Facilitator
Jordan Kang
Program Facilitator
Tina Ye
Program Facilitator
Harmeet Dhaliwal
Program Facilitator
Taylor Holmes
Program Facilitator
Griffen Rollins
Program Facilitator
Sarah Tilley
Program Facilitator
Eden Daniel
Program Facilitator
Paige Kerrigan
Program Facilitator
Dale Wright
Program Facilitator
Nidhi Patel
Program Facilitator
Courtney Massey
Program Facilitator
Muskan Muskan
Program Facilitator
Cassandra D’Mello
Program Facilitator