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South Pharmacy suits Eric

Thursday, 10th April, 2014

Work experience student Eric Degoumois serves John Vine at the South Pharmacy yesterday. Work experience student Eric Degoumois serves John Vine at the South Pharmacy yesterday.

By Nick Gibbs

Year 10 Willyama student Eric Degoumois is proving an asset to the team at the South Pharmacy as he completes his work experience this term.

Eric’s mother Connie told the BDT that for a while it looked as if her son, who has Down Syndrome, might struggle to find somewhere to do his placement.

“My husband Glen and I are just so grateful,”  she said of the staff and management at the pharmacy.

Manager Marsha Holdaway said Eric had settled in well and had a particular fondness for customer service.  

“All the customers love him. He certainly brightens up our day,”  she said.

It seems Eric has also been quick to learn the value of his daily work breaks.

“Sometimes he’ll sneak off on his break,”  Ms Holdaway laughed.

Luckily, his sister and staff member Rachel has been there to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Ms Holdaway said Eric was also showing initiative by getting started on tasks from the previous week and was excelling at the technological side of the business. 

“He’s a bit of a computer whiz,”  she said.

While Willyama students typically visit their workplace every second Wednesday, Eric is working on a weekly basis which has helped his confidence grow rapidly.

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