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Hello my name is Colleen,
It seems as though I have been working towards my degree for eons. It’s hard to believe that I have finally reached my goal!
I am very thankful to Métis Employment & Training for providing the funding they did. As a single Mother, attending full ‐ time University without the extra support would have been much more difficult. Having the financial help allowed me both to attend school full ‐ time and spend time with my children. I feel so fortunate to have reached this milestone.
As a social worker I can now use my voice and my position to help others. For this I am truly blessed.
I was born October 1, 1989 in Prince George BC, where I have lived all my life. I have enjoyed growing up in Prince George because it is a smaller city where the communities are very close and there is so much to offer and explore. We have many diverse cultures with numerous multicultural events and forums. In Prince George there are several beautiful parks, lakes and rivers. There is something for everybody here. With the four seasons there are many activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends. I have a large family with a ton of uncles and aunties and cousins. We are all very close and see each other as much as possible. I have two younger brothers that look up to me as their role model and a mom and dad that are very supportive and understanding. They push me to work hard and to succeed, my family is the most important thing in my life and I wouldn't be who I am without them, I am so thankful for such a wonderful family.
I chose nursing as my career for many reasons. One main reason is because as a kid growing up I always knew I wanted to work in the medical field, in 2006 when my grandpa became ill and was bedridden in the hospital I decided then I was going to become a nurse. I saw how the nurses had little respect and caring for him and I wanted to make a difference. I decided that as a nurse I would treat the sick with patience, dignity and respect. I knew the work would be challenging, but I knew it would be the most rewarding. I also chose nursing as a career because of the endless opportunities it gives. Nursing can take you all over the world to experience different cultures and meet different people. It is also constantly changing, so the opportunity to learn more and gain more knowledge is never ending.
The overwhelming satisfaction and feeling I receive when helping ill people makes me passionate about nursing. It is not a glamorous job like movies or TV shows portray, there is not always a happy ending and it is a lot of hard work, but it is more rewarding than you could believe. I believe it takes a special kind of person to work in this field because of the many challenges you face this is why I am so passionate about it. I feel so much joy being able to not only physically help a person but to emotionally connect and help heal them also. Nursing is about helping families and communities. Now that I am newly graduated and working as a nurse, I have learned so much from people and I strongly believe that they are helping to shape me into the nurse I will become.
I am committed to First Nations people and their healthcare because after being in the hospital as a student nurse I have witnessed much discrimination and racism towards aboriginal people. I want to be an advocate for aboriginal people and their families in the hospital. I don't believe there is enough care and support for them. I demonstrate the importance of support and understanding to First Nations people by standing up for their rights as a patient, listening their needs and accessing the right resources for them to the best of my ability. I respect their cultural beliefs and if appropriate I try to incorporate traditional therapeutic measures into their healing process.
Working in Prince George at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia there is a large aboriginal population so many patients in the hospital are of aboriginal descent. I have seen many nurses and other hospital staff treat aboriginal patients differently. I have learned many lessons over the last 4 years each of them important, but the most important lesson I have learned working in the different areas is to be an advocate for your patient and stand up for them when they are being mistreated or judged. Every single person has the right to be treated as a human being and to be treated fairly. The color of a person skin or their lifestyle they have should not have any bearing on the care they deserve to receive. I have learned to speak out and tell others when I see patients being mistreated without respect and dignity and to make sure patients know it is not ok to be treated poorly.
For the last 4 years I have been sponsored by the Metis Employment & Training group in Prince George. They have worked so hard to fund ad support me through my 4 years of nursing school. I am so grateful for what they have given me, without their overwhelming help I would not have been able to achieve such success in the nursing program. I deeply appreciate the opportunity they have given me.
~ Courtney Bone
This is a second career choice as my previous one, in Information Technology, felt isolating and I wanted a job where I could interact with people more. I felt that the culinary profession would allow that and I have always been passionate about cooking.
I have successfully completed a Culinary Arts Diploma prior to taking the Professional Cook 2 at Vancouver Island University. Both times, I accessed the Metis Employment & Training Program funding opportunity.
This funding has been crucial in allowing me to pursue this career change successfully.
The staff whom have administered this program have been diligent and extremely helpful in assisting me to complete these goals.
~ Darrell Fraser
My name is David Carlton, and I am a proud Metis academic. My passion for learning was first sparked as a child. When I was a wee lad, I had a burning desire to become and astronaut. I wanted to challenge the boundaries of human understanding and explore the stars. This extrater restrial wanderlust swiftly transitioned into a love of all things old, which led me to explore such diverse careers as paleontologist, archaeologist, numismatist and professional antiquarian. This all occurred between the ages of four to ten. Whereas the other kids in my class sought to pursue more orthodox careers such as firefighting, police work or medicine, I desperately wanted to examine the history of the human condition; I yearned to understand how we as a species came to communicate as we do. My love of language first manifested itself in language-arts class. Throughout my elementary and middle-school years, I was ceaselessly fascinated with the wondrous world of creative/critical composition, spelling and all grammatical eccentricities of the English tongue. Unfortunately, when it came time for me to pursue a university education my parents and I were financially unable to pay the way, leaving hefty student loans as the only apparent recourse. Even though I've always had scholastic ambitions over the years, I've never been fully able to follow through with them because I come from such humble beginnings. With the weight of serious debt stretched upon my busy shoulders for my first two years of study, I initially found it difficult to maintain both a high academic standard and good social/mental health. Thankfully, in my third year of school, through contact with my fellow regional youth reps of the MYBC, I discovered Metis Employment and Training (then MHRDA), and was finally able to acquire some much needed financial assistance. Thanks to the indispensible intervention administered through the Metis Employment & Training Program, I was able to achieve a much higher academic standard, and am now well on my way to becoming a professor in the field of Angle-Saxon studies/ Ancient Germanic linguistics. I am currently in my final year of undergraduate studies, preparing for graduate school in fall of 2012 and am employed as an English tutor at UBC Okanagan through the Aboriginal Access Program. Right now, I couldn't be happier. Thanks to Metis Employment & Training, my dreams are finally coming to fruition; it is my hope to one day provide a unique Aboriginal voice in the scholastic field where there are precious few.
~ David Carlton
The purpose of this letter is to extend my sincere thanks to Melis Nation BC for their incredible support over the last 3 years and their faith in my ability to succeed in my new career. It was a difficult decision to return to school as a mature student with a family and make the commitment to change careers completely. One of the most difficult factors in this decision was financial. Achieving my dream of becoming a teacher would be a costly endeavour, especially considering the fact that I would be a full time student and unable to work. If not for the incredible financial support of Melis Nation BC, my dream of becoming a teacher would not have been possible.
Not only were key people at MNBC committed to supporting me financially, they were also incredibly supportive on a personal level. The staff members at the association were so kind and always had time to listen and help me in any way they could. The fact that they believed in me and my ability to achieve my goal made me even more confident that this was something I could do.
Throughout my education, I remained committed to honouring the support that MNBC had given me by maintaining a relationship with the First Nations advocate at my practicum school as well as regularly dropping into the student support room which helped me to make connections with many First Nations and Melis students.
Since graduating in April of this year, I have been hired by School District 23 as a Teacher on Call. From September to December, I have worked almost every school day and was also hired on a temporary contract at Rutland Secondary School for 5 weeks. In addition, from September to December, I was the assistant coach of the AAAA Girls Volleyball team at Kelowna Secondary School. Our team recently won gold at the BC Provincial Championships. This was one of the most rewarding experiences so far in my teaching career, and was well worth the many hours of volunteer time I gave to the team. I plan on coaching this team next year as well and am looking forward to another great season.
On a personal note, I am the proud father of a new baby daughter! Alya Nault was born in March of this year. She surprised us and came six weeks before her due date. Due to her prematurity, she had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kelowna General Hospital for three weeks. I was halfway through my practicum at the time and it was a scary and stressful time in our lives. Throughout this experience, I was able to balance my focus on my new daughter and recovering wife and continuing my practicum. Alya is now 9 months old and over 20 pounds! My new life as a teacher and father of a second child is very fun and busy!
I am extremely proud of what I have accomplished in the last 3 years and firmly believe that it would not have been possible without the incredible support of Melis Nation BC. I am deeply indebted to the organization and promise to continue to honour their amazing support throughout my experiences in my new career as a teacher.
With sincere gratitude.
I chose to pursue a degree from Okanagan College after I finished high school. I received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Okanagan College majoring in Financial Services after four years of study. My degree helped me secure a position as a Financial Advisor with Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network. The education I received and my commitment to continuing education will ensure I will give my clients the best financial advice available.