- Position: Electrician
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