My Story


Mission Moment: Kira’s Story

Kira’s Story: Before I took the Money Matters course through Goodwill, I was like anyone else – living paycheque to paycheque, always worried some surprise expense might pop up, and trying to carve out a social life with the pennies left over. Taking the Money Matters course, I was excited to learn new skills and […]


Goodwill Success Story: Kathy

From Kathy Jones – St. Thomas Community Store Employee I always had a dream of owning a brand-new car but never thought it was possible. I’ve worked at Goodwill for approximately five years and during that time, I’ve had at least four cars. I rely on my car to get to and from work as I […]


My Story: Brenda

Brenda has experienced many personal and physical challenges.  Having a learning disability made school a challenge for her; Brenda was often ridiculed and quit school after losing her parents at a young age.  Later as a single parent, she struggled financially, physically, and emotionally.



Brenda Burnett – Goodwill’s 2013 Power of Work Award Winner (Achiever of the Year)

Brenda got her start at Goodwill by completing the eight-week work experience program.  She was hired as a hanger/sorter and has since gained enough confidence to move to the sales floor and cash.  She is now responsible for counting and balancing her register every day, providing customer service, merchandising, running and attending the fitting rooms.

Brenda has grown into a self-assured individual who never gives up, no matter how big the obstacle in her way.  Brenda is constantly trying to better herself and is currently taking classes through Literacy London to improve her education.  Her advice to others, “Do not give up, it is never too late to make changes that will improve your life.  And Goodwill can help you get there.”

Brenda was nominated and won Goodwill’s 2013 Acheiver of the Year Award at the Power of Work Awards.  View her video here: