Walmart employee participates in Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign

Michigan Lt. Gov. speaks with Nick Boyd on Oct. 27 at the closing ceremony for the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign. Boyd was selected to take State Rep. Michele Hoitenga with him to work at Walmart. (Courtesy photos)

BIG RAPIDS — Anyone who has visited the Big Rapids Walmart is probably familiar with Nick Boyd’s infectious smile and cheerful greeting.

Boyd has worked at the store for 15 years, first working in the Garden Center and now at the main doors, as a greeter.

“I love my job,” Boyd said. “I love seeing new people and saying ‘Hello,’ to the kids. They all know me. I’ve seen some kids when they were babies and they’ve grown up now, but they still want a hug from me.”

While Boyd recently was honored by his company for his years of service, he also was recognized on Oct. 27 when he took a trip to Lansing after participating in the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign.

The campaign was part of Disability Employment Awareness Month. To celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities in employment, the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council sponsored the campaign.

Throughout September and October, legislators job-shadowed one of their constituents with a disability at their place of employment. Community Mental Health for Central Michigan submitted Boyd for consideration and he was selected.

On Sept. 25, State Rep. Michelle Hoitenga went to work at Walmart with Boyd, observing him while he did his job, meeting co-workers and getting a tour of Walmart.

“It was wonderful,” Boyd said. “Some people leave and quit, but I’ve worked there a long time and she said that was nice.”

Boyd graduated from the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District and always knew he wanted to be a greeter.

Nick Boyd (middle) stands between his mother, Poppy Boyd, and State Rep. Michele Hoitenga at Walmart during the Take Your Legislator to Work campaign.

“When I was growing up there were two wonderful greeters and I saw them and that was what I wanted to do,” Boyd said.

Nick’s mother, Poppy Boyd, is proud of her son and all he’s accomplished.

“He has touched so many lives,” she said. “There was a Facebook post on the Big Rapids Walmart page about Nick and it had so many nice comments. He’s been at Walmart so long and people just know him. He does a great job.”

At the closing ceremony for the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign, Nick received a certificate of participation and was able to met Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

Nick typically works between 26 and 28 hours a week at Walmart and hopes to continue working there for as long as possible.

“Walmart is like my family,” he said. “They adopted me and I adopted them. They are so good to me. I have a special, wonderful mom and a great job I’m thankful for.”

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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