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I've been working on the oil patch in Alberta for 5 years, when things got slow I needed a change. I was missing my kids growing up and it was a strain on the family being away from home for a month at a time.
I decided to look for work closer to home and was interested in becoming an electrician. I found a job as an apprentice close to home. As a first year apprentice it was a tough first year supporting my family on a first years wage and really couldn't afford to go to school. My parents suggested contacting MNBC to apply for funding. To my surprise I was accepted to receive funding for school. MNBC made it possible for me to further my career as an electrician. It is not cheap to go to school these days and I wouldn't of been able to do it without their help, thanks, MNBC.
~ John Sayers
My Success Story:
First and foremost I want to thank Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) for all the help they've provided over the last two years. Without the guidance of the staff and community I would not have been able to attend post-secondary studies and obtain a job in the film industry.
Ever since I was a child I was completely fascinated with Hollywood and the cinema. I knew early on that this type of work was something that I really wanted to be apart of. I loved movies with all my heart and wanted to help make them. Little did I know at that age, that one day my dream could become a possibility.
I was born and raised in a small rural community in the south Okanagan. There is no local film industry in that region (though there are lots of great orchards and wineries!). Once in a blue moon a film crew would pass through town and it would spark my imagination. I decided early on that I would have to make the move to a larger city and Vancouver (also known at Hollywood North) seemed like a reasonable choice. So at the age of 18, I hitchhiked from the Okanagan valley all the way to the coast of British Columbia to begin my journey in the world of film and television.
Over the years of adapting to city life and learning the in's and out's of how difficult it can be to obtain full time work in my chosen field, I decided it was time to go back to school to learn more. There were many barriers both personal and financial that were making this decision difficult but I knew that in the end it would be the right choice. After much research I aimed my sights toward the Film & Television Production course offered by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). My only issue at that point was figuring out how to enrol and actually make it a reality. Luckily for me the staff at MNBC were very accommodating in pointing me in the right direction and helping me to enrol in the Métis Employment and Training Program (METP). I also have to give a big thanks to my family for all their support and also credit to the wonderful staff at BCIT's Aboriginal Services Department during my attendance at school.
School turned out to be an incredible experience. Not only was I surrounded by amazing peers and talented instructors, I really learned the vital skills needed in order to obtain full time work in the fast paced world of film, TV, and media broadcast. BCIT had many challenging moments but overall I'm thankful for those experiences. One of the greatest parts of my time at school was the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with my aboriginal heritage. The Aboriginal Services Department at BCIT is an astounding program that offers a multitude of cultural experiences and support from community elders and trained staff. Through their programs I was able to apprentice as a fire-keeper at the school's on campus sweat lodge, participate as a peer mentor, and take the position of Vice-President in BCIT's Aboriginal Cultural Club. All this was made possible because I was given the chance to partake in the Métis Employment and Training Program offered by MNBC.
The course at BCIT taught many aspects of the industry to my peers and I; everything from film editing, equipment setup, camera operation, producing, directing, and even script writing. When it came to the final months of our two year program there were many options for a career path; which was a good thing because for the final months of class it was mandatory to take up an internship with a real industry related company. For me I decided film and TV casting was my best bet. I applied to one of the busiest and well known casting studios in the city and was given the opportunity to intern with them for five weeks. I learned so much in those five weeks and discovered that what I was taught at BCIT really did translate into the real world, so much so, that I was hired as a casting assistant and camera operator for the company's owner and casting directors. It's now been five months since I started at the casting studio and work keeps getting busier and better everyday.
None of this would have been possible without the help of Gayle Sayese, Tina Marrale, all the wonderful staff at MNBC, and of course the Métis Employment and Training Program. Not only have I had the opportunity to further my education, make my family proud, and achieve a dream I've had since being a kid, the program has really shown me the true kindness and dedication of the Métis Community as whole. So once again, I thank you all very much for helping me down this path.
~ Jordan Waunch
Hello my name is Jordann
I am a recent graduate of the “Accounting Technician” program at “Grande Prairie Regional College”.
I graduated in 2010 and decided to attend college in the year 2012. Business Administration was always what I wanted to take and in 2012 I enrolled in the program at Grande Prairie Regional College. At the end of the first year I received my Business Administration Certificate and decided to pursue a diploma in accounting. At the end of April 2014 I received my Business Administration Accounting Diploma.
In March I was offered a job at a local accounting firm as a Junior Accounting Technician. This career choice is exactly what I aimed to achieve after I was finished my post‐secondary education.
Thank you for everything!
Hello my name is Justin I attended the “Architectural Drafting” program at “The University of the Fraser Valley”.
With all of the supports provided me I was able to complete my program within the 80 ‐ 90 percentile.
I am happy to say that within 3 weeks of completing the program I successfully obtained employment with an electrical company.
I am working on a multimillion dollar project building a massive drill to be used in a mine up north.
“I have so much optimism for the future and I have set several goals.
I am proud to be in the workforce doing a skilled trade.
Thank you again for believing in me and supporting me during the past year.”
20 years old, fresh off my last season of junior hockey, and ready to take on the world; with plans to go to business school and pursue hockey as a career, I had the world at my fingertips.
A few weeks later in a Tim Hortons in Hinton, AB on a road trip with my soon to be wife, we found we were going to be parents.
With the stresses of parenthood and the finances that come with it, we set out to my hometown of Fort McMurray. After 9 months of random jobs and getting laid off we decided the "Great White North" wasn't for our family. We decided to go back to our home base in Penticton, BC. After being on E.I. and job hunting like crazy we decided going to school would be our best option. Around that point in time I was accepted into the Electrical Pre‐ Apprenticeship and the future looked a little brighter.
Being a parent being in school for 6 months without working a full‐time job was a little scary. With the help of the Métis Nation BC and family we made it through.
I finished at the top of my class with a 94% average and was placed on the Dean's List. I found a great job as an apprentice right away, starting work the following Tuesday after writing my final.
I was ready to step into the workforce with a respectable job and an opportunity to build a rewarding career for myself and my family.
I'd like to say thank you to the Metis Nation for helping me get a start to a great career as an electrician.
~ K. Whitford
I would like to thank the Metis Nation for the support with my schooling. I have learned many valuable and redeeming skills which would never been possible for me.
Class was amazing and we learned through hands on and bookwork making a great combination of skills and now I have obtained the job skills required to become an apprentice carpenter and I'm loving every moment of being able to work and train in a field I enjoy.
Thank you Metis Nation for your part in building my future. I'd also like to thank my local Metis Nation where those gals are always hard at work and around when you need them.
At this moment I am on my way to Steward BC as I have found an employer for my apprentice hours.
~ Kalum Helie