Brant County SPCA Partners with Community Living Six Nations ‘Ronatahskats’ to Provide Volunteer Opportunities
We had the pleasure of interviewing Brant County SPCA Thrift Store volunteer Clayton McNaughton recently for an article released to local media. For anyone who has met Clayton, you will know that his sunny disposition and strong work ethic are an inspiration to all of us and we really appreciate everything that he does for the animals in our care. Here’s the article:
“Brant County SPCA Partners with Community Living Six Nations ‘Ronatahskats’ to Provide Volunteer Opportunities
The Brant County SPCA Thrift Store has partnered with Community Living Six Nations ‘Ronatahskats’ to provide volunteer opportunities to Six Nation adult band members who have intellectual disabilities.
Brantford, Ontario, January 29, 2016- The Brant County SPCA Thrift Store (located at 108B Colborne Street) is excited to share our partnership with Community Living Six Nations ‘Ronatahskats’. Community Living Six Nations ‘Ronatahskats’ is committed to providing unique supports that ensure the empowerment of Six Nations adult band members who have an intellectual disability to strive for inclusion. This not for profit organization seeks job or volunteer placements in the community to help give their program participants self-esteem and confidence, which contributes to positive improvements on other areas of the individual’s life.
Clayton McNaughton has been volunteering at the Brant County SPCA for two days a week, for two hour shifts since October. He is a favourite with the customers, and welcomes everyone who steps into the store with a big hello, and a strong handshake. Clayton says his favourite part of volunteering at the store, is putting clothes away and of course talking to all the customers. Clayton also enjoys volunteering at the store to help the animals, his favourite being cats! SPCA Thrift Store volunteer Virginia says Clayton always goes above and beyond what is asked, and completes all tasks he is given.
Jade Roberts the employment coach at Community Living Six Nations ‘Ronatahskats’ works closely with Clayton and says since volunteering with the Brant County SPCA Clayton has shown many improvements. He has started to make goals for his future that include; making new friends, learning new skills that will help to find paid employment, and has taken the first steps in improving his literacy goals. Everyday Clayton is learning new skills in hopes to find his dream job. One of his most proud accomplishments was learning to spell his 10 letter last name.
Community Living Six Nations ‘Ronatahskats’ is currently seeking more volunteer or work places in Brant County. For more information on Community Living Six Nations visit www.communitylivingsixnati
Our Brant County SPCA is also currently looking for dedicated volunteers such as Clayton. For more information or to submit a volunteer application, please visit www.brantcountyspca.com
Thank you Clayton!