Roma employer voted most carer friendly

TOP CARE: Roma Target Country store manager Jamie Blackman with Cam and Grant Baker.
TOP CARE: Roma Target Country store manager Jamie Blackman with Cam and Grant Baker. Sarah Dionysius

ALL Roma teen Cam Baker ever wanted to do was to work at his favourite store, Target.

His dream was made a reality when store manager Jamie Blackman took him on as a work experience student.

Cam's dad Grant was beyond grateful to Mr Blackman for giving this opportunity to his son, who has autism, and so nominated him for the most carer-friendly employer in Queensland.

Out of the 280 nominations across the state, Mr Blackman was chosen as the winner of Carers Queensland's Great Employer Award.

"Cam is always here. Target is his thing,” Mr Baker said.

"When Jamie gave him the chance to work here it was just incredible. And then I found out he also employs another person with a disability and I just thought he needed to be recognised.

"He's gone out of his way to make someone's life just that little bit better and that's really special.”

Mr Baker said when Cam is working he feels worthwhile and included in the community, and that's something money can't buy.

"Knowing there are people out in the community and in business who are part of my son's life gives me reassurance and confidence that he will be okay in the future.”

Mr Blackman said Cam is one of his best employees and always motivates the rest of the team to do their best.

"Cam comes in every Monday that he is up to it,” he said.

"He is fun to have around and such a great worker; he notices things that others don't and has a real eye for detail. The rest of the staff have to lift their game when Cam's on their section.”

Mr Blackman was surprised to receive the nomination for the award, saying that autism should not be a barrier to employment.

"To me, it's just putting on another employee. No one's perfect, we all have downfalls. As a manager, you understand that.”

Mr Blackman and the Bakers would also like to thank Cam's carer who assists him when he works in the store.

Topics:  carer carers queensland local business roma target

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