When 26-year-old Collette Divitto found herself repeatedly rejected from potential jobs because she wasn’t the “right fit,” she decided to take matters into her own hands.
Collette has always had a passion for baking cookies, and happens to have quite the knack. Her speciality is chocolate chip cookies dipped in cinnamon (YUM) and she has been cooking dozens of cookies a week for a local grocery store. Collette says that her cookies are “like ridiculously yummy cookies” and that included in the ingredients is “100 percent love”.
Encouraged by people’s positive reactions to her creations, but equally, disheartened by the job rejections, Collette decided to work hard at her cookie business, and it has certainly paid off.
Her mum Rosemary said: “I think that all of that rejection for her made her say, ‘I’ll show them.”
Collette now has a virtually constant stream of orders for her cookies – So far, she’s had around 4,000 orders to be exact, and is even after an employee to help her out. Helpfully, The Commonwealth Kitchen, a non-profit business incubator, has stepped in to help her scale up her production, and she has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for her own production facility.
She says that this is a great way of showing people that a disability should not have to restrict people from doing what they enjoy.
“She’s never accepted her disability,” said her mum. “She’s kind of stepped into this role of trying to inspire and motivate other people. I’m incredibly proud.”