Deaf Redbridge College student takes one step closer to dream job
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 July 2016
A courageous young woman has overcome enormous barriers to be one step closer to her dreams.
Lacey Saamanthy, 25, of Broomhill Road, Goodmayes, is deaf and has won praise from teachers and support staff at Redbridge College for completing a Level 3 in professional cookery.
Not only did she gain the remarkable achievement among a team of able-bodied students, she also completed a work placement at a top London restaurant.
A college spokeswoman said: “She is so conscientious and a perfectionist in her work, which has been displayed in her recent work placement at the very prestigious Coq D’Argent restaurant in London.
“The feedback she received was amazing – ‘very positive attitude, no job too much trouble, asking relevant questions, shows lovely interest, very willing to learn with a can-do attitude’.
“Lacey taught them some sign language and deaf awareness whilst she was there too.”
The chef, who was born hearing but became deaf after suffering whooping cough aged 13 months, also donates her time to helping other deaf students settle into college.
Together with Erika Mallet, her communication support worker at the college in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, Lacey put together an awareness lesson to explore the facts and myths about deafness.
Lacey said: “I wanted to be treated as an equal. I had the same rights, so I taught my peers a bit of sign language.”
She recently helped a teenager who found navigating the college community a challenge. Lacey invited him into the kitchens to observe her navigate with her peers.
The spokeswoman continued: “Lacey really does go the extra mile to help others and make a difference as well as being a brilliant student.
“The sensory team is very proud of her, she really deserves the recognition for all her hard work.”
Lacey now hopes to fulfill her dreams of becoming a full-time restaurant chef.
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