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 language skills. Even though Cesar wanted to remain devoted to filmmaking, he faced new challenges that made it difficult for him to find employment in this field and many others.
He knew that there was a way he could get back to work, he just needed someone to help him discover which stepping stones he needed to take to get there.
With an open-mind, positive attitude, and the determination to find work, Cesar approached Open Door Group at the DTES WorkBC Centre. He knew that there was a way he could get back to work, he just needed someone to help him discover which stepping stones he needed to take to get there.
Working closely with his customized employment team and his wife, Cesar was able to discover his new strengths and use them to find a new path. With an enormous amount of support and perseverance, Cesar was able to find a quality assurance position for an online chat and dating service, Teligence.
Teligence was happy to tailor the job to Cesar’s talents, and this position allowed him to work from home part-time screening Spanish-only audio messages for over 6 months.
Cesar’s passion for film remained strong, however, and he refused to let his new challenges stand in the way of his dreams. Soon after he began working at his new job, Cesar began producing his very own TV show, Hola Latino Show, which was quickly picked up by the Novus Community TV channel. Now, Cesar uses the extra income from his paid position at Teligence to fund his passion project which highlights the Latin community in Vancouver.
Cesar loves being busy again and doing something he is passionate about. In one of Cesar’s recent segments, he even featured the employment services that he says helped him get to where he is today.