Success Stories

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Jarret DesjarlaisPlumber

Hello, my name is Jarret Desjarlais and I felt I needed to write about my experiences with the Metis Employment & Training Program. When I graduated from high school I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had always gone to work with my dad on weekends to make extra money. He owned his small plumbing company. After a few years of working with him and working as a pipe layer in the construction industry full-time, I decided it was time for me to get ticketed in the trade so I would have some job security and have many opportunities across Canada to work. I decided to become a plumber and registered with the ITA as an apprentice. I talked with the staff in Surrey and got funding for my first year of school. I applied at a local and private institution in Burnaby called Pacific Vocational College. I actually did my first and second year back to back and then followed with my third year training about a year or so after. It took a while to get back for my fourth year because I had two beautiful daughters in two years. I was funded all the way through the four years of technical training. I love my field of work and I loved going to school. All in all, I really appreciate the staff of the Metis Employment & Training Program that made it possible for me to achieve my success as a full-fledged journey person.


Hi, my name is Jasmine,

Following a below average first year of university, I decided to focus on what I could do with my life that would also make me happy. I found the veterinary hospital assistant program at the Centre for Arts and Technology and was accepted. Not only were the courses interesting and stimulating, they were filled with content I wanted to learn.

I actually enjoyed working hard to achieve the grades that I wanted because I really wanted to succeed in this industry.

After graduating I moved to the lower mainland and was promptly hired at a great clinic.

I would like to thank the Métis Employment and Training Program for the funding to achieve my goals and to my mom for sitting and studying with me almost every night.

Thank you!

~ Jasmine

Jennifer SharpCertified Education Assitant

My job now is perfect for me. Great hours, good pay, I have a steady position and am very happy where I am. I would encourage everyone to look into all that their Metis community and MNBC has to offer. I had a great experience and thank everyone so much for all of their support.

Jessica Edgar-WilsonVeterinary Technician

Thanks to the Metis Employment & Training office's assistance, I was able to complete a 3 year program in Animal Health Technology.

I am now a proud university graduate with a promising career in a field that I am extremely passionate about.

I look forward to continuing to develop my skills in this rewarding profession and am grateful that I now have a solid background of knowledge to support my future goals.

~ Jessica Edgar-Wilson

Jessica SchindlerRegistered Nurse

I have always been interested in my personal health and the health of my friends and family. I exercise regularly, eat a nutritious diet, and try to live a balanced life of work and play. When I realized that not all people were fortunate to have the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle, due to various factors, such as their genetics, socioeconomic status, or available support systems, I wanted to do something to help.

I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do to reach this first goal. I had occasionally thought about becoming a registered nurse, but the idea of spending such a significant amount of my time and money was daunting. I looked for other options that better suited my lifestyle but none were satisfying.

When I applied for a seat in the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University, I did not expect to get accepted. When I did I felt a variety of emotions such as excitement, fear, and "what did I get myself into"?

Throughout the four years of the degree I had to sacrifice a lot but in the end I have gained so much more. I am able to help people in ways that, without becoming a registered nurse, I could not. Being a nurse is not always a glamorous job and sometimes it is extremely challenging, but the feeling that you supported and assisted someone through a vulnerable time in his or her life, is so rewarding.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four-year degree. Without the financial assistance from the Metis Nation BC, I would not have chosen to become a registered nurse. Thank you Metis Nation BC for pro­viding me with the opportunity to gain such a valuable education and successful career.

~ Jessica Schindler

Jessie ReggelsenResidential Care Worker

Hello my name is Jessie,

Before graduating from my undergraduate degree, I started working part time as a residential care worker. I provide physical, emotional and cultural support in a comfortable manner.

I find my job extremely rewarding as I get to help to include individuals in our community. However my life dream is only half fulfilled.

I plan to attend graduate school to obtain my MB and my JD. In the end I hope to have a Master’s in Business and Law so that I can work to help individuals in society especially those who cannot advocate for themselves or those who have been neglected through discrimination or racism.

Thank you!

~ Jessie

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