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Hello my name is Carolyn,
I am writing to thank you for your generous $ 5,046.00. I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of the Metis Employment & Training Program funding. Your support is deeply appreciative.
I am a third year nursing student who is specializing in emergency and critical care. I am currently finishing up my third year with a practicum on a surgical unit at the Kelowna General Hospital. I plan to graduate in June 2017. After graduation, I will continue my specialty courses in emergency and critical care nursing working towards my long term goals of international nursing. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal.
By supporting me through the Metis Employment & Training Program, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning.
Thank you again for your generosity and support. It has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.
I remember the day very well when I received the call from the Metis Employment and Training Office informing me I was successful in my application for funding. I was going to college. I was going to earn a Business Administration Diploma. I was going to receive an education. I was so happy and knew then my life would be changed forever for the better.
Facing college as a mature student was appealing, yet intimidating. I had both life and work experiences which helped me to see how the world made sense of things, but now had the determination to learn the theory behind the practical. I knew I could do it, and when I obtained a 100 percent course grade in Business Math the last semester, it reaffirmed my goal to become educated.
I received a Business Diploma in 2006 with honors, but I wasn't finished yet. I joined the co ‐ op education department that summer and was successful in securing a 4 ‐ month, Human Resources Assistant position with Sun ‐ Rype Products, Ltd. After turning down a permanent position with Sun ‐ Rype in early Fall that year, I returned to Okanagan School of Business to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2009. During the summer of 2007 I began a new co ‐ op education position with Interior Health’s Human Resources.
School has brought me many new experiences and generated a growth in me which has surpassed my expectations. It's brought me new opportunity, new friends , and new perspective in life. It had its demands of assignments, reading, studying, and more assignments and studying. It had its sacrifices of missing outings, missing family get together, and limited time for oneself.
Today I continue to work for Interior Health in Talent Acquisition and Marketing. I love my career and wouldn't be where I am in terms of work/life balance without the support of the Metis Employment and Training Program.
I had a dream of obtaining a Bachelor degre e. That dream became reality because I was able to afford to return to school at a mature age and not have the worry of having to support my way without too much difficulty.
Dear MNBC ASETS Northwest Region,
My name is Carrie Koopmans and I was lucky enough to under your sponsorship. I graduate this May with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Northern B.C. in History and English thanks to your support.
Thank you for all your financial aid in living expenses, tuition, textbooks, school supplies and relocation cost. This not only enabled me to attend school, it made my life as a student easier. The sponsorship that MNBC provided was extensive, which allowed me to focus on my studies with out the worry of expenses. At this moment I am working at the Women's Shelter in Terrace and loving it.
This program gave me the chance at post-secondary schooling. I cannot express how much this program made a difference in my life. It is my sincerest hope this program continues to run and aid future Metis students.
Thank you again,
~ Carrie Koopmans
Cassidy attended Vancouver Island University from September 2010 until graduation in June 2014 obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a First Nations Studies Major and a Minor in History.
Upon completion of her degree, Cassidy was accepted into the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program as a year 8 intern. She currently works as a Junior Policy Analyst at the BC Ministry of Environment. Following her time at the Ministry of Environment she will continue to work as an Aboriginal Youth Intern placed with an Aboriginal Organization doing important work such as engaging communities, developing policies and programs, managing projects and conducting research.
Cassidy is currently studying and preparing to write the Law Schools Admissions Test (LSAT) in June 2015 and will be applying to attend law school in September 2016. Her final career goal is to work with Aboriginal communities as a lawyer practicing Aboriginal rights, land claims, consultations, and negotiations.
Cassidy would like to thank the M étis Nation Employment & Training B.C. for the support provided to her through 2 years of her undergraduate studies!
~ Cassidy C
Before I graduated high school I knew that I wanted to continue my education at a post-secondary institute. Hard work ethic and determination were key attributes in ensuring acceptation into a university of my choice. Once I was accepted I entered the Bachelor of Science Program as a full time student. It took me 5 consecutive years to achieve my degree in animal biology. Today I am now working at the Kamloops BCSPCA as an animal care attendant. I love caring for the numerous animals at the shelter, and ensuring their great welfare during their temporary stay until they are adopted into forever homes. I do not intend to stop studying. I am currently applying to veterinary college to achieve my goal in becoming a veterinarian for small animals. I find that my motivation comes from my passion for animals, my support network, and the small yet achievable goals I continue to set for myself. It also helps to be reminded that you're in the career you choose for the rest of your life, so pick one that you know you will love.
~ Cecilia Percell
I remember the first day I walked into aboriginal training & employment cooperative (atec). I was frustrated, confused and just not knowing what I was doing wrong as I wasn't able to find employment, was it the way I was conducting myself at an interview or was it my resume?
I then booked for an appointment with a career counsellor with the metis employment & training program in regards to what I needed to do to find employment. I didn't need funding as I just graduated from college as an administrative assistant and completed the basic course for accounting.
I sat down with the career counsellor and would you know it... It WAS my resume. I/we made a lot of changes, brought it up to par and it looked great with the help from my career counsellor. I then got a call from the metis employment & training program coordinator stating that they were looking for an office assistant and asked me if I would come in for an interview. My interview was on a friday and shew anted to know if i'd like to start on Monday I responded, yes! What time would you like me here? I was so excited, happy and proud of myself. I was so determined to find a job and one that i loved and always wanted to do.
This position - 'Career Placement Work Experience Program' was temporary but it gave me the confidence and work experience that I neeeded. Knowing that it was a temporary position, I still had to look for other employment. A position became available with Sto:lo' Nation at the Aboriginal Training & Employment Cooperative.
I submitted my resume and cover letter and was called in for an interview... And once again, wouldn't you know it, I got the job. I now work as program assistant for Bladerunners-Sto:lo' First Nation.
This is a big thank you to the metis employment & trainging staff in Surrey, BC. I wouldn't be where I am today without their assistance.
~ Chastity Sanderson