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Employment Initiative Fills In Gaps
August 25, 2003
FORT SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA--Friday's Fort Saskatchewan Record ran a story about Employment Initiative for Persons with Disabilities, a unique employment program that serves people who have 'fallen through the cracks' of traditional services.

One of those who has been helped by the initiative is Nikki Robak. As a result of her work with the initiative, Robak is now the owner and founder of the Sturgeon Outfitters Society. Robak says SOS helps any person in a time of need.

"I just want to give back to the community and make up for the all the years of disturbing behavior that my addictions caused," she said.

Entire article:
"Disability program shows signs of success in local region" (Fort Saskatchewan Record)


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