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Cesar’s Story

Cesar’s Story

Before 2012, Cesar had been working in Spanish-speaking TV production for over 20 years. Unfortunately, a stroke changed all of that. The stroke not only made the left side of his body weak and concentrating difficult, it also affected his short term memory and his...
Priya’s Story

Priya’s Story

When Priya first came to Gibsons, BC in 2015, she felt hopeless. She had been living in Saskatchewan for two and a half years with her husband and three year-old daughter and when her husband was transferred to the coast, she knew it was time to start looking for work...
Sam’s Story

Sam’s Story

Before finding Open Door Group, Sam was unsure about how to navigate Vancouver’s job market. She had immigrated to Canada as a refugee, and is also blind. Although Sam had plenty of work experience in Tehran, Iran—including working at a perfume store, running a small...
Harry’s Story

Harry’s Story

After moving from Lytton to Lillooet in 2016, Harry struggled to find employment. He had several barriers to overcome when looking for work, including living rurally away from the city centre, a limited personal network in his new community, a lack of education,...
Denise’s Story

Denise’s Story

Denise is a single mother of three boys who put her career aspirations on hold while raising her children. Although she received her care aide certificate in 1997, the hours didn’t work with her lifestyle, so she worked at a local campground instead. Twenty years...
Jamie’s Story

Jamie’s Story

By the time he came to the Downtown Eastside Employment Services Centre, Jamie had been struggling to find a steady job for over 10 years. At the time, he was working in a casual part-time position and living in a shelter home. Simply making ends meet each month was a...