Aldalynn Leslie-Heaps Success Story

Aldalynn Leslie-Heaps learned what was important to her from an early age – working hard and doing things right the first time. She first worked with her father’s fishing charter business in Honolulu, Hawaii. Though she was unable to go out on the boat due to seasickness and not being able to swim, she was happy to stay on dry land and do whatever was needed.

Wanting to earn a wage she ventured out of the family business and held several custodial positions. It was then that Aldalynn encountered the harsh reality of people treating her differently because she has Cerebral Palsy. Not seeing it as a disability, she quit and found a job that appreciated her and the work she did.

As her mother got older and became ill, she stayed home to take care of her until she passed. When she re-entered the workforce, she held two jobs to make ends meet due to the high cost of living in Honolulu.

In April 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she decided to relocate to Texas with her husband to seek new opportunities. Homeless and staying in a hotel while searching for employment, Aldaynn responded to a Goodwill Staffing Service job posted on Indeed for a temporary-to-hire position with the University of Texas in Arlington. She got the job and when she came to pick up her first check she stated that she was working hard and was going to get hired on to UTA permanently.

A week later Aldaynn and her husband found an apartment close to work and moved in. Her attitude, determination and work ethic led Aldaynn to be hired on with UTA permanently in only 4 months. She is now a state employee with their full benefit package. Her life will forever be changed and she is truly an inspiration to everyone she meets.