OAK HARBOR — You may or may not know David Salyers. He’s the service clerk at Community Markets and his face is on posters and billboards throughout Ottawa County with the logo “Ability at Work.”
Salyers, of Ottawa County, has worked for the Oak Harbor Community Markets store for 15 years.
Salyers said he went in for his interview at Community Markets and was hired on the spot. He began his job at the grocery store by learning multiple tasks including cleaning, stocking and bagging groceries. Salyers knows many of his customers by their first name and said serving the community is his favorite part of the job.
In addition to his role as a service clerk, Salyers and Lester Weatherwax, supervisor/store manager of Community Markets, have both competed in the annual baggers contest at the local level every July.
Baggers from the store compete to go to the state competition.
Salyers and Weatherwax also team up together in the community. Each year, the store has a float in the Oak Harbor Apple Festival parade. Last year’s float was a 1950s theme and Salyers dressed as a character from “Grease” complete with sunglasses and slicked back hair. They won third place.
Salyers also has participated in ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, delivering food for the holiday bureau and the food pantry.
For information about employing individuals with developmental disabilities, contact the Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities at 419-898-0400.
You can also read the original story at the Port Clinton News Herald.