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Lycia’s Story

Jan 19, 2018 | Client Spotlight, EPBC, Sechelt & Gibsons |

After getting laid off in 2013, Lycia had been unsuccessfully job searching for a year. She had her mind set on working in gerontology, or aging care, and community development work. However, the field was highly competitive, and Lycia needed extra support and qualifications to achieve her goal.

“Lycia submitted an Occupational Skills Training application to Open Door Group, and they worked with her to secure funding for a Masters of Arts in Social Dimensions of Health at UVIC.”

 

Lycia submitted an Occupational Skills Training application to Open Door Group’s WorkBC Centre in Sechelt, and they worked with her to secure funding for a Masters of Arts in Social Dimensions of Health at UVIC. Once given the opportunity to attend UVIC, Lycia flourished. She got to know the Health Information Sciences Co-op Coordinator, who provided mentorship on career opportunities and networking in the field. With newfound confidence, Lycia reached out to Island Health’s former director of Senior’s and Spiritual Health, expressing her desire for a co-op term. After one meeting, Lycia was awarded the position.

 

Her first co-op work term involved evaluating evidence-based research that addresses senior’s health, with a particular focus on frail seniors. The experience was so invigorating that Lycia asked Island Health for work beyond her co-op term, and ended up securing 18 months of further employment with the Eldercare Project in Cowichan (EPIC) in other words, a dream job.

 

“Open Door Group’s funding and career resources gave Lycia the chance to feel empowered and participate in meaningful research.”

 

Open Door Group’s funding and career resources gave Lycia the chance to feel empowered and participate in meaningful research. Since that first co-op at UVIC, she’s attended a conference in Brazil to share her findings from the EPIC program, and her ultimate research and career goal is to further integrate seniors’ services between health authorities and not-for-profit organizations to increase accessibility.