Jackie* had a long term role in the city and had moved to a smaller town that would require a long commute. She found it challenging to find an equivalent job close to her new home. Jackie came to WorkBC Squamish looking for assistance with her job search and to explore training opportunities in a new industry.
GK Nicholl’s Story
After joining Open Door Group’s mental wellness program, Thrive, GK Nicholl gained confidence as an artist, writer, blogger, and outdoorsperson through a variety of courses. Using those skills, he wrote a personal story about his transformative experience with the Thrive program.
After years working in the fast food industry, Ashley felt undervalued and unappreciated. She reached a breaking point and spontaneously quit, but was then unsure about which industry to turn to. In this time of uncertainty and frustration, Ashley found Open Door Group’s Jobs in Demand program through a poster on the window of the Employment Services Centres. They were advertising for their Jobs In Demand Security cohort, and Ashley had always been interested in helping people and keeping them safe. “I thought, ‘Why not?’” said Ashley.
Tom was a 21-year-old living with bipolar disorder when he arrived at South Hills Tertiary Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre in June of 2016. His mental illness caused him to feel confused and exhausted at times, and initially, Tom’s support workers found that he struggled to focus and stay on task. Within his first week, however, Tom discovered Open Door Group’s Gardengate program.