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Ever since I was a little kid I have been fascinated with building things. For many years I thought I would become an architect but when I was in high school I found out how much I enjoyed math and science and looked into Engineering. It was also in my high school years that I found out I was Metis. I learned about my family history and found out that both my great grandmother and great -great grandmothers were part of the Cree Nation in Northern Alberta.
I applied to the Engineering program for the fall directly following my graduation, but I was not sure what discipline I wanted to take. I was nervous, intrigued and excited all at the same time. School came fast and before I knew it the first semester was over. In fact all semesters after that flew by. By third year, when I had to decide which discipline I wanted to go into, I knew I would become a Civil Engineer.
Going to a recently opened campus with less than 100 students in the largest lectures had its advantages. I was able to get to know my professors and build a relationship. Also, it was easy to make friends as we all had that same schedule. I learned a lot about life. University life was an experience that I will not soon forget.
Without the help of the Metis Nation I would be faced with an even larger student loan debt load than I currenty have. Being sponsored allowed me to focus all my attention on school and provided me with the support to finish my studies. Also, I may not have been able to apply for a student loan for my last year of University. Having the opportunity to get this education has set me up for the life I want to live.
Upon finishing exams in my last year I had yet to find a career and was beginning to get worried. But soon after I got a call back for one of the positions I had applied to. I am now working for this consulting firm in Burnaby, BC and living in downtown Vancouver. I learn new things every day. It is challenging yet fun. I am at the beginning of my career and the future looks bright.
~ Blake Bjornson.
Hello my name is Bobbi, I always knew that I wanted to become a nurse. I worked hard in order to get accepted in the University of Alberta Bachelors of Science in Nursing Collaborative Program. I am very fortunate to receive financial assistance from the Métis Employment and Training Program for the last 2 years of my degree in order to achieve my goal. With this support, I was able to put more focus towards my studies and better all aspects of my life.
Thanks to the Metis Nation BC I am very excited to begin the final year of my program and graduate early so I can begin my career as a Registered Nurse that much sooner.
Thank you again for this opportunity!
Hello my name is Bobbie
I had always worked at low income jobs since 2007 and none of them were long lasting employment, my dissatisfaction led me to go back to school to upgrade my skills.
I attended the “Health Care Assistant” program at “Capilano University in Sechelt, BC where I completed my program with a GPA of 3.67+ and I was on the Dean’s Honor role. I am pleased to say I am now employed in the Health Authority in my community.
“I am so extremely thankful to the Métis Employment and Training Program in Surrey and the staff for all the efforts they made to help me through the process and all the encouragement they so readily gave to keep me inspired”.
Hi, my name is Brietana,
For the past 4 years I have worked in a hearing clinic as a customer service representative and I have loved every second of it. As of now, I am just finishing up University and graduating the Hearing Instrument Practitioner program. I started my program two years ago with the assistance of the Métis Employment and Training center. Without their help I would not have been able complete this schooling. Working in a hearing clinic full time and completing school work in the evenings did prove to be a bit challenging but I am glad that I stuck with it.
I have since been offered a full time position in my current clinic. To be able to help people hear, possibly for the first time, is truly an honor. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Metis Employment and Training ‐ Thompson Okanagan Region have allowed me to follow my passion and start a lifelong career!
Thank you to everyone at Métis Employment and Training, your generosity and commitment has made my long ‐ term goal possible.
Hi, my name is Cameron,
I've been attending Selkirk College for 2 years and Thompson Rivers University for a year, studying Business Administration for Accounting.
The Métis Nation BC Employment & Training program helped me to reduce the financial burden that university was putting on me which allowed me to focus instead on my academies. I'm so grateful for all the support and encouragement I've received from them and I don't know how I would have done it on my own.
I'm currently working an 8 month co ‐ op term for Syncrude Canada Ltd. to gain the much needed practical experience I will need to thrive in my future career. I also may have the opportunity to come back to Syncrude upon completion of my degree for a full time position.