- Region: Thompson Okanagan
As the wife and mother of a family of 5, it came as a complete shock when after 10 years of working towards the future goal of taking over a successful business, we were advised that the company had sold and we were going to have to start over.
Not only did we find ourselves without a job, we had to relocate as our positions in the company required that we live on site, and for me to work out of my home.
It became obvious early on that I needed to find new work, but with the work we had been doing I found out quickly that there was nothing available that fit for me. My husband was able to start work but we needed to supplement his income.
Here inlays problem #1. I was a working/stay home mom with experience that, for the most part was unemployable. So I decided it was necessary to go back to school Enter problem #2. We had no funds with which to pay for this important and necessary realization. Being someone with a strong belief that children are the future of our world, as well as the imortance of not only family but the preservation of our families and their heritage, I discovered very quickly what I wanted to take. I wanted to do something that would contribute to each of those areas.
As a proud member of the Metis Nation B.C. I discovered that there were funds available to assist people like me; for Metis people in situations such as mine. So I applied for funding. Thankfully, I was accepted not just for the funding, but for the course I had chosen through Okanagan College Penticton for training as a C.E.A. (certified education assistant). Classes began immediately and in what seemed like a very short period of time I had received my certificate, applied for work with School District #67, was hired and was proudly working in the Aboriginal Education Department as a support C.E.A.
I continue to work for School District #67 in the Aboriginal Education Depaitment loving my job and working with First Nations, Metis and Inuit students-something that came as an added blessing. There would have been no way for this to have happened without the support of Metis Nation B.C.
As I mentioned earlier I was always a proud member of the Metis Nation B.C. but am even prouder to know that our people matter! I was in a situation that I never would have imagined myself, at an age that put me at a disadvantage in the workplace, but with MNBC's support financially, things turned around for me quickly.
Thank you I will always be grateful!