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Supported employment worker retires

Michael “Mickey” Domalain is polite and courteous to customers visiting the convenience store where he worked for 14 years.
Michael “Mickey” Domalain is polite and courteous to customers visiting the convenience store where he worked for 14 years.

Michael Domalain (or Mickey as he prefers to be called) was 51 when he started work shortly after Supported Employment for Deer Lake and Extended Regions (SEDLER) began in Baie Verte.

Now at 65, he is reluctantly bidding farewell as he retires from his job at JML Enterprises.
Supported employment is offered by the Community Association for Community Living, and allows people with disabilities to find meaningful work.
Domalain’s co-worker, Alice Sullivan, recalled when she and co-owners Eugene and Bev Haas arranged for Domalain’s on-the-job training 14 years ago. Sullivan said she enjoyed those years working with Mickey at the convenience store.
“He has been wonderful, so good to get along with, everybody loves him,” said Sullivan.
Whenever someone came in she said he introduced himself: “Hi, I’m Mickey, how are you?”
The store was paid by SEDLER while the business paid its client.
Domalain handled everything from the cash register, debit and ticket sales, to stocking shelves, freezers, the beer cooler and offloading the trucks and mopping. He also pumped gas when the store still sold it.
“He was excellent,” she said, adding how much she will miss him.
Mickey has come a long way since one of his first jobs as a newspaper carrier. He is self-sufficient, other than a friend who recently began to help him with some light housekeeping.
Sullivan said there were always people coming to the store purposely to see Mickey, while family and former residents visiting home made a point of stopping by.
The owners still plan to have him come by and help out from time to time, as they know he likes to keep busy.
Coretta Dugas-Stacey of SEDLER said Mickey rightfully earned his retirement and, although she knows it was a somewhat of a sad day for him, staff with the program wish Mickey the best during his retirement.
As for Mickey, he wished to thank “Gene, Bev and my co-worker for having me.
“It means the world to me.”

Now at 65, he is reluctantly bidding farewell as he retires from his job at JML Enterprises.
Supported employment is offered by the Community Association for Community Living, and allows people with disabilities to find meaningful work.
Domalain’s co-worker, Alice Sullivan, recalled when she and co-owners Eugene and Bev Haas arranged for Domalain’s on-the-job training 14 years ago. Sullivan said she enjoyed those years working with Mickey at the convenience store.
“He has been wonderful, so good to get along with, everybody loves him,” said Sullivan.
Whenever someone came in she said he introduced himself: “Hi, I’m Mickey, how are you?”
The store was paid by SEDLER while the business paid its client.
Domalain handled everything from the cash register, debit and ticket sales, to stocking shelves, freezers, the beer cooler and offloading the trucks and mopping. He also pumped gas when the store still sold it.
“He was excellent,” she said, adding how much she will miss him.
Mickey has come a long way since one of his first jobs as a newspaper carrier. He is self-sufficient, other than a friend who recently began to help him with some light housekeeping.
Sullivan said there were always people coming to the store purposely to see Mickey, while family and former residents visiting home made a point of stopping by.
The owners still plan to have him come by and help out from time to time, as they know he likes to keep busy.
Coretta Dugas-Stacey of SEDLER said Mickey rightfully earned his retirement and, although she knows it was a somewhat of a sad day for him, staff with the program wish Mickey the best during his retirement.
As for Mickey, he wished to thank “Gene, Bev and my co-worker for having me.
“It means the world to me.”

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