"I’m an immigrated from China in 2007, with a background in human resources and bookkeeping, however in Canada I was not successful to obtain the same work. I did some volunteer work and short term jobs as a cashier and kitchen helper and obtained my high school diploma. I tried to take a course for dental assistant, but could not complete due to my lack of English. In 2012, I got some work as a tutor for mandarin speaking students however before WorkBC, I had not worked for many years. I was new to Cloverdale, and lacked confidence as an older worker with a language barrier and limited work experience in Canada.
My case manager referred me to Lorena, Job Developer, who helped me improve my resume, showed me online job search, and encouraged me to apply to jobs. She was very patient, supportive and understanding and checked in with me after every interview. She helped me to obtain volunteer work so that I could get some work experience and gain more confidence.
Since August, I am working full time in the Deli department at Cloverdale Country Farm. I love my job!! I am so happy and this has made a big difference for me and my family. I appreciate the help from WorkBC and believe many more people in need can be helped."
Job Development | Food Service | Cloverdale Country Farm
"There can never be enough words to describe my gratitude for your support and assistance during some very dark days. But sometimes we must experience the darkest hour before the light of dawn. At age 60, I suddenly lost the job I thought I would have until retirement. I became depressed with the thought of applying for a new position, maybe facing a long commute, or even worse, settling for a non-inspiring job with meager pay. I came to Sources because someone thought they might help find me good work. They helped me find my dream.
I enrolled in some of their courses which helped me figure out what I did NOT want. That led me to reflections on what I DID want. Once I named the dream, my case worker helped me put a plan in place, complete with objectives, practical targets, marketability, and goals. Sources was able to assist me financially with one of my courses and living allowance so that I was able to afford the other needed course.
Within six months, I graduated from both courses, became a certified Life Coach and Equine Guided Coach, and opened up my practice. I still look at what I am doing in complete awe. It’s hard to believe that just a little over a year ago I was jobless and depressed.
I am glad I listened to the friend who referred me to Sources BC. I am referring people to them now. Don’t go through this by yourself. Let them help. If nothing else, they can at least say “hello” and point you to some good job options. It was a good way to start the process of getting unstuck and it ended up being so, so much more!"
Self Employment | Business Owner | Small Blessings Retreat and Animal Ministry
Was unemployed for several months before coming to the Sources WorkBC Employment Services Centre in Cloverdale. As an individual of Aboriginal heritage with cerebral palsy, he sought assistance with finding employment that did not involve manual dexterity work due to his physical limitations. Working with a Job Developer, he received one-to-one support with developing a resume and cover letter, and was encouraged to include an indigenous logo on his resume when targeting specific employers.Chris’s persistence paid off, and he was offered an interview with Indigena Solutions, a First Nations- owned Business Solutions Technology Delivery Centre. The employer wanted to hire Chris for a position that required additional skills. In order to offset training costs, the WorkBC job developer worked with the employer to negotiate a wage subsidy through funding from the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities. Chris transitioned into his role successfully as an Infrastructure Support Analyst, and continues to work at Indigena Solutions today. Chris’ feedback from management and the clients has been positive and “makes me feel like I want to succeed more.
Job Development | Wage Subsidy Services | Indigena Solutions
Is a 23 year old youth, had worked at odd jobs but felt he had a general lack of experience and found it discouraging to send out job applications and not receive any response. After being unemployed for roughly a year, Vihanga heard from a friend that WorkBC had free resources to help him with job searching. At the Sources WorkBC Centre in Cloverdale, Vihanga attended resume, cover letter and interview skills workshops, and staff helped him find job postings that were a good fit for him.Vihanga’s case manager suggested he apply for a Job Creation Partnership program offered at the Burns Bog Conservation Society, a local non-profit environmental society. He successfully interviewed and was hired to build escape rooms in the Delta Nature Reserve, and he stated that it is “good to build something that brings happiness to people”. Per Vihanga, “if you find yourself in a difficult situation, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Sometimes you have to try something different or new to get where you want to be.
Job Creation Partnership | Burns Bog Conservation Society
"I was a single parent with 2 children so it was very difficult for me to work and afford daycare. I was working as a care aide prior to the birth of my son in 2014. When my EI maternity benefits ended, I found myself with no job and on income assistance. Daycare cost was the biggest challenge. Work as a care aide required working a variety of shifts, often evening and graveyard shifts. Being a single mom without suitable childcare, limited my ability to continue to maintain this type of work. As well, I had been out of the workforce for 3 years.
On the bottom of my income assistance cheque stub, I saw information about a new program called Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI) through WorkBC. I attended career planning workshops and completed career assessments to determine that a career as an Educational Assistant would be best suited to me. My case manager assisted me with the necessary steps to apply for training and I went back to school to obtain the skills I needed to work as an Educational Assistant. WorkBC provided me the funding for tuition and transportation and most importantly, my childcare was paid for! My case manager always followed up and kept in touch to encourage my success. All of this would not have been possible without the help I received from WorkBC. I have just been offered a job with the Surrey School District as an Educational Assistant! I am on my way!"
SPEI Program | Educational Assistant | Surrey School District
"I landed in Canada on September 22, 2017. After 10 days of settling in, I came to the WorkBC Cloverdale office with a hope to get a job as soon as possible. Back in India I was working as an Assistant Professor (Marketing), so my prime focus was to find a similar job. I had applied for more than 20 jobs pertaining to teaching but I was not getting any interviews, even though I was in an unregulated profession. Being an immigrant I had no Canadian experience and I was also told that my resume and cover letter were not as per Canadian standards.
After meeting my case manager Ms. Balwinder we discussed the job market for lecturers/college instructors in BC and she created an action plan for me. She helped me in shaping up my resume as per the Canadian format and suggested I consider the Provincial Instructor Diploma program. I attended workshops on Resume, Networking skills, Interviews etc, which proved to be extremely beneficial and helped me in getting interviews. The facilitator at WorkBC Ms. Brenda is remarkable at her work.
The overall support system which WorkBC has to offer is amazing! Staff were prompt in answering all my queries and I was able to attend interviews with confidence. They have such courteous staff. Ms. Bervinder, the first point of contact at WorkBC is just too kind. She makes you feel so comfortable and at ease. Thank You is a small word! I am overwhelmed by the services of WorkBC.
I recently got hired as a sessional Instructor Marketing by University of the Fraser Valley, School of Business. This is my dream job! I never thought that I would get hired by one of most renowned universities in BC, in such short time span. I also got hired by Canadian College as a Marketing sessional Instructor."
Job Search Support | Sessional Instructor of Marketing | University of the Fraser Valley, School of Business
“I studied Graphic Design while at University and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts. I have spent 15 years in the field designing everything from magazine advertisements to logos to websites. When I got laid off from my last two positions I felt it was time for a change. As head of the household, I needed a career with more job security. I decided to go back to school and pursue a career in Electrical Engineering.The Cloverdale WorkBC Employment Centre and Sources Community Resources Society were very helpful in my career shift. The classes were effective, informative, and relevant in further educating me about my job search, resume writing and interview preparation. I was impressed by their educators’ knowledge and their program at the Sources Employment Services Centre. I learned a great deal about myself, be it skills and strengths to sell as well as my weaknesses to improve on. I participated in the career planning workshops which helped me to confirm my career direction. I discovered where I could thrive in order to become a strong contributor to the workforce. WorkBC provided the funding so I could attend BCIT and obtain the training I needed.My case manager was extremely supportive during my time with Sources and throughout the course of my studies at BCIT. She had a sincere interest in seeing me succeed in my studies and furthermore my future. In June 2016, I graduated BCIT with a Diploma from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Program, focusing on Electrical Power and Industrial Control and in August, I will begin my career with DMD and Associates Ltd. I owe much of my success to the help, support, and services I have received at Sources and I will always recommend them to whomever I meet that might need them.”
Skills Training | Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Program Grad | BCIT