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I want to express my gratitude to Metis Nation British Columbia for the ongoing financial support I have received during my post secondary education. Six years ago I started at the University of British Columbia doing a Bachelor of Science. During my two years of general science studies there, I explored many career options and finally found a career that I would be passionate about. The career was respiratory therapy and the program was in Kamloops at Thompson Rivers University. During that time, I was living with my mom and paying tuition with student loans. I came to realize that supporting myself and paying my own tuition and books in Kamloops would be nearly impossible. Around that time, I was at a Metis meeting and heard that MNBC might offer some support for Metis students. I quickly learned more and applied for the program which only had fifty spots in all of BC. I was sent a letter of acceptance and to this day I know I could not have accepted the spot without the financial support of MNBC. Now, four years later, I have my dream job as a full time Registered Respiratory Therapist in Abbotsford Regional Hospital. I enjoy the work everyday and am so thankful for the opportunity I was given.
Thank you again.
~ Selena Boe
Hello my name is Shannon
I attended the “Accounting Diploma Program”, at “Kwantlen University”. With all the supports provided me I was able to further my education which helped me grow in the company I work for. I began my employment in 2012 as a receptionist and since completing my education I now work full time as a Junior Accounting Technician.
“I am very grateful to the Métis employment and Training for giving me this opportunity and for helping me get to where I am today”.
Thank you to the Metis Employment and Training Program for providing me with the financial support I needed to pursue my goal of becoming a police officer.
Following graduation from secondary school, I enrolled at Lethbridge College in their two year Criminal Justice-Policing program. The courses and hands on instruction I received were relevant to policing. I completed my CJP diploma in April of 2012.
Following completion of my studies, I was one of thirty three Aboriginal youth from across Canada chosen to participate in the RCMP Aboriginal Pre-cadet Training Program. All thirty three cadets participated in a three week training period at RCMP Depot in Regina Sask. Upon completion of my training period, I returned to Cran brook where I am now working with the First Nations Policing section out of the local RCMP detachment as a summer student.
My future goal is to become a member of the RCMP. With the financial help and support I received from the MNBC, I know I will be able to achieve my goal.
~ Shawn Sullivan.
Philosopher John Dewey put it best when he said, "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." This is an important point to remember as an educator for it embodies the essence of life long learning.
After six long years of devoted studies, I have finally accomplished my goal of becoming a Teacher. This success was not achieved alone, I could not do it without the support and funding from MNBC Employment and Training (Thompson Okanagan), Thompson Rivers University Aboriginal Services team, and of course my family and fellow students.
A special thanks to Peggy Myhre and Chasity Johnson of the MNBC Employment & Training Program in Kamoops, B.C and Dory LaBoucane, Aboriginal Transition Planner, Services for Aboriginal Students at Thompson Rivers University for their continued support throughout my educational journey.
In the fall of 2011, I was hired by the Revelstoke school district as a Teacher on Call. I am enjoying my new career and gaining experience in my field.
I would like to thank Métis Training and Employment for their support while I was in school.
I moved to Burnaby three years ago to achieve my goal of becoming a psychiatric nurse. My stress and anxiety throughout my first two years were very high due to being a student full time, and working part time in order to pay rent, bills, and tuition. This was also my first time living far away from my family. When I found out that I was going to be receiving support and help from Métis Training and education it provided me with a sense of relief and helped to alleviate the extra stress. I was able to focus all of my attention on school.
Without the help and support of Métis training and education I would not have been able to achieve this objective.
Thanks to their support I have achieved my goal of being a Registered Psychiatric nurse and have gained employment in my field of study.
I am truly appreciative, and thank you again.
Chetwynd is a small town that thrives on Industry. Due to the economic slow down in the last couple of years; the job opportunities have been minimal.
Recently I needed some training and renewal of certificates in order to qualify for jobs that are required for funding for this training, which lead to a job that now allows me to continue my apprenticeship in carpentry.
I am very humble and appreciative.
Thank you MNBC!
~ Terry DeMontigny