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Project SEARCH Graduates

Project SEARCH in Canterbury is starting its fifth year in 2023 and we have had some wonderful results from the interns who have graduated through these years.

Check out where some of our Graduates are now.

2019 Graduates of Project SEARCH Canterbury DHB

Graduation 2019

From left to right:


Jason Laurie, Emelia Guthrie, Ethan Hamilton-Currey, Hayley Butler, Finn Lean-Massey, Deanna Rogers, Tor Poulter and Ricky Reeves

Photo of Hayley Butler, successful graduate of Project SEARCH

Hayley Butler


I have a permanent role with Te Whatu Ora in the Burwood Spinal Unit. I work 32 hours a week as a Health Care Assistant. I like being in the ward and enjoy working with a good team of people.

Photo of Jason Laurie, successful graduate of Project SEARCH

Jason Laurie


I have a permanent role with Te Whatu Ora in Clinical Records. I start early in the morning at 7:00am and finish at 2:30pm. The things I enjoy about this job is that there lots of variety and a quiet environment. Working and earning money is helping me achieve my life goals which is very exciting.

Photo of Finn Lean-Massey, successful graduate of Project SEARCH

Finn Lean-Massey


I work two part-time jobs; five hours a week at Waffle On and eleven hours at New World in Stanmore Road. I have bought myself an electric bike that I ride to work and I now work without my job support person.

Ricky Reeves


Ricky has his own micro-business called Tech Ability. Tech Ability is all about helping people with a disability to get the most out of their technology by assisting them to set up their phones, tablets and streaming services.

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Tor Poulter


Tor currently works 14 hours a week for PPCS, a contract cleaning company and he cleans at Papanui High School. Tor says it is fantastic, and he has had really good feedback about his work and his diligence. Tor is committed to  work and rarely has a day off. He also said he enjoys earning his own money and getting to purchase what he wants. 

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