There’s no barrier too challenging for Walmart Canada associate Anthony

Dec. 1, 2023

Anthony Protomanni from Store #1095 in Vaughan, Ontario isn’t one to let barriers get in the way of achieving his ambitions. Born with a physical disability, Anthony uses a wheelchair to support his mobility, but that’s not what he’s known for.

Anthony is an avid sports lover, playing competitively in para ice hockey and basketball leagues throughout the years and has been a beloved member of the Walmart team at Store #1095 for over six years. He’s progressively worked his way from part-time greeter to self-checkout attendant, compliance associate, and now works in the store’s accounting office.

“What stands out to me most about working at Walmart is that it’s a place where you never feel forgotten,” said Anthony. “I recall feeling so welcomed by everyone from the moment I joined the store in 2017 and always look forward to interacting with associates when I come into work.”

Anthony says that each role has presented him with a new challenge, pushing him to learn new skills and develop in his career. His most memorable moment throughout his time at Walmart was when his store manager, Michelle Enros, had the counter at the self-checkout cash stand lowered so his wheelchair would fit and he could continue to help customers.  

“We see our associates for the strengths and abilities they bring to the team that make us better as a whole,” said Michelle. “It’s our mission to make Walmart a workplace where everyone can thrive regardless of visible or invisible disabilities.”

December 3rd marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and when we asked Anthony what this day means to him, he said: “It’s an opportunity to remind others that just because someone has a disability, it doesn’t mean they’re different or can’t make a big impact. I always strive to prove to others that just because you have a disability it doesn’t mean you’re not smart or capable. When you’re willing to put in the work, you can get past any barrier.”

At Walmart Canada we recognize the gift of diversity and we’re committed to removing barriers and improving accessibility for people with visible and invisible ability challenges. Together, we can create a better future by ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all. Watch our You Belong video to learn more about how Walmart Canada is a place where everyone belongs.