Success Stories

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DylanRed Seal Pipe Fitter

Hello my name is Dylan

I have enrolled at BCIT to become a Red Seal Pipe Fitter.

I am glad to say I’ve completed ¼ of my schooling and I have my required hours. I am now a 2nd year apprentice, I am happy to be learning a trade that I really enjoy. I still have another 20 weeks of school and over 1000 hours before I get my Red Seal Pipe Fitting license.

I am working full‐time, and I am so very excited for my future in this trade and career path.

Thank you!

EileenWeb Designer

Without the Funding I received I would not be able to set up my business and have the opportunity to find employment.

As of yet I am still seeking employment. In order to highlight my talents in the Web Design workforce I had to spend time re‐working and updating my personal web site as well as my business website.

I am in the process of taking more courses which I am sponsoring myself. At this time I am taking three Adobe courses, once finished I will have another three certificates. This will give me considerably more credibility in the Web Designer field.

After taking the BCIT courses I discovered that I needed more certificates in order to become competitive in my field. I have finished designing my business cards and will be submitting them along with my resume.

I found the women working at the Terrace Metis Funding office were a tremendous help in every aspect of my courses. I was helped with the forms, explanations of how to sign up and the forms were sent in an easy to access format.

Did I mention the pep talks I received when I felt that I could not continue with my course.

I was successful in obtaining my Web Designers Certificate with Distinction. Without the funding and support of the women in the office at the Terrace Metis Funding office I would not have been able to concentrate on my courses as I did.

My objective now is to keep submitting my resume and bidding on Web Design jobs. I have had a couple of enquiries and I hope to outbid my competitors.

Thank you!

~ Eileen

Fiona Anthony

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!

Fiona Anthony

H. Dirk OueletteHandy Dart Driver

As I have completed my airbrake course and gained my Air Brake endorsement.

As I also have completed my class 2 driving school and have been tested and received my class 2 license from ICBC, I want to thank my Métis Nation of British COlumbia for providing me with the funding for my schooling.

Without MNBC funding, I would not have been able to gain my class 2 license and as of yesterday, 5/11/2012, I have a job as a Handy Dart driver for Volunteer Cowichan @ a salary of 16.92 per hour!!

Hych'ka and blessings to you all.

~ H. Dirk Ouelette

Holly Hanson

In early 2011, I was invited to attend a workshop from the Minerva Foundation called Helping Women Work. Although I did not qualify, they agreed to let me stay and take the program. That program was the beginning to finding the path and chosen career I am on now. I had been looking into Life Coaching as a career choice when this came about and pa.it of the program was discovery about yourself and what choices were suited to you. We did the Meyers Briggs and Coaching came up as one of the options. I began a conversation with the lead facilita­tor, Helen Dewar who is a mentor, role model and a well known facilitator. I told her about what I had been thinking and the research I had done, she asked me what I wanted to do with it? I told her I wanted to help people find their passion, help them out of a rut they may be in, help them move forward in life, help them lead an em­powered life. She said then what I was looking into was the perfect fit. She asked me where I was thinking of going, so I told her I had looked into the International Coach Federation website and really like the recommended program at Royal Roads. It was the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching. Helen then told me that was the program she would recommend as it was well rounded, had a great ctll'riculum, faculty and that I would be able to do both my residency and long distance learning.

So my journey began there, I contacted the university to see if I was qualified and found out that indeed I did. So I applied, a few weeks later I heard back from the University and needed a couple more things for them to complete the application process. I had also begun my application for funding in which they were also waiting on some needed paperwork. I was on holidays and could not provide what either needed, so I told the University that I would postpone until the January Intake, they asked me how much time I needed to complete the process. I was taken aback and said two weeks, they told me no problem even though it would be past the date. When I phoned Linda Dufresne to tell her I would put back the application, I got the same response, how much more time did I need? I told her the same and she said no problem and encouraged me to continue to pursue this. With both of them willing to work with me, I went ahead with the process. I knew that if this was happening, then this is what I was meant to do and what The Creator wanted for me. I had finally found my path.

Taking the program was life changing; I knew fom the first week that I had found my place in this world. I knew that my passion for Coaching was beyond anything I had ever done and I was (am) very grateful. The next 7 months turned out to be my path to personal transformation as well. I learned so much about coaching, even more about myself and was urged to and succeeded in breaking down all my obstacles and barriers. I was given an Alumni Coach throughout the program that I will forever be grateful for! A woman who walked with me on my journey, held my hand when I needed and pushed me past what I needed to get past. She was and will always be a large contributor to my own transformation and success in this program.

I am here 9 months later, building a business with paying clients and still contributing to others with pro bono coaching. I am now a successful graduate of the Program with a 4.22 GPA. I am Holly Hanson CEC (Certified Executive Coach) and my life is dedicated to help others undergo what I did and find the life that they always dreamed about. I will empower our Aboriginal People and change the world one person at a time. I will utilize the new skills I have been taught and use it as The Creator intended. I will work with Aboriginal people and business to help them change their possible future into an impossible one in which they will grow beyond their own expectations. I am grateful to many people including Linda Dufresne, Carol Paynter and the Metis Nation BC for their support on this journey and my success. I am also very grateful to my Alumni Coach Valerie Waymark.

Holly HansonCertified Executive Coach

In early 2011, I was invited to attend a workshop from the Minerva Foundation called Helping Women Work. Although I did not qualify, they agreed to let me stay and take the program. That program was the beginning to finding the path and chosen career I am on now. I had been looking into Life Coaching as a career choice when this came about and pa.it of the program was discovery about yourself and what choices were suited to you. We did the Meyers Briggs and Coaching came up as one of the options. I began a conversation with the lead facilita­tor, Helen Dewar who is a mentor, role model and a well known facilitator. I told her about what I had been thinking and the research I had done, she asked me what I wanted to do with it? I told her I wanted to help people find their passion, help them out of a rut they may be in, help them move forward in life, help them lead an em­powered life. She said then what I was looking into was the perfect fit. She asked me where I was thinking of going, so I told her I had looked into the International Coach Federation website and really like the recommended program at Royal Roads. It was the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching. Helen then told me that was the program she would recommend as it was well rounded, had a great ctll'riculum, faculty and that I would be able to do both my residency and long distance learning.

So my journey began there, I contacted the university to see if I was qualified and found out that indeed I did. So I applied, a few weeks later I heard back from the University and needed a couple more things for them to complete the application process. I had also begun my application for funding in which they were also waiting on some needed paperwork. I was on holidays and could not provide what either needed, so I told the University that I would postpone until the January Intake, they asked me how much time I needed to complete the process. I was taken aback and said two weeks, they told me no problem even though it would be past the date. When I phoned Linda Dufresne to tell her I would put back the application, I got the same response, how much more time did I need? I told her the same and she said no problem and encouraged me to continue to pursue this. With both of them willing to work with me, I went ahead with the process. I knew that if this was happening, then this is what I was meant to do and what The Creator wanted for me. I had finally found my path.

Taking the program was life changing; I knew fom the first week that I had found my place in this world. I knew that my passion for Coaching was beyond anything I had ever done and I was (am) very grateful. The next 7 months turned out to be my path to personal transformation as well. I learned so much about coaching, even more about myself and was urged to and succeeded in breaking down all my obstacles and barriers. I was given an Alumni Coach throughout the program that I will forever be grateful for! A woman who walked with me on my journey, held my hand when I needed and pushed me past what I needed to get past. She was and will always be a large contributor to my own transformation and success in this program.

I am here 9 months later, building a business with paying clients and still contributing to others with pro bono coaching. I am now a successful graduate of the Program with a 4.22 GPA. I am Holly Hanson CEC (Certified Executive Coach) and my life is dedicated to help others undergo what I did and find the life that they always dreamed about. I will empower our Aboriginal People and change the world one person at a time. I will utilize the new skills I have been taught and use it as The Creator intended. I will work with Aboriginal people and business to help them change their possible future into an impossible one in which they will grow beyond their own expectations. I am grateful to many people including Linda Dufresne, Carol Paynter and the Metis Nation BC for their support on this journey and my success. I am also very grateful to my Alumni Coach Valerie Waymark.

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