Success Video: Van’s Story
Van came to the Vancouver DTES WorkBC Centre because he was having a hard time finding employers who could understand and accommodate his need for time off and additional support as he was undergoing aggressive cancer treatment….
…the person I was going through, they actually had a family member that went through prostate cancer and the type of aggressive treatment that I was going through that was new to the process of cancer treatment. So that was just great. I mean, it was just like talking to somebody that actually knew, right? It helped out a lot.
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Some of the challenge I was facing as I was going through prostate cancer — And so I had to do a lot of treatment and radiation, and so I had a lot of trouble finding employers that could understand my needs to be able to be off work quick a bit and also my issues because of the radiation – the extreme radiation – that I was going through.
So I went through there, found Open Door Group.
When I went through the door, the reception was great.
Obviously I told him my situation, they put me with a worker that had to do with disabilities. They understood right away.
I mean, the person I was going through, they actually had a family member that went through prostate cancer and the type of aggressive treatment that I was going through that was new to the process of cancer treatment.
So that was just great. I mean, it was just like talking to somebody that actually knew, right? It helped out a lot.
They understood what I was going through, had a list of employers that I would be able to go.
But most important thing, that I liked, was they did a lot of interviewing testing, so I could know how to explain to a potential employer before I got the job. How to explain it better, just show my input for the company that would not inflect just because, you know, because of my sickness.
With me going through, like I said, the roleplaying and understanding my issues I was able to contact an old employer that had laid me off and told him why it would be beneficial for them to hire me again. And understand a little more of what was going on and having more understanding of my situation. They actually hired me back. I worked there for almost a year or so.
Without Open Door and going through the, uh, like I said, the role playing and stuff, I don’t think I would have been able to hit the key featured I needed to, to get the old employer to actually rehire me, so it was really great for that part as well
Disability on the mend, people say: Well okay, how productive can you be for us. How long are you gonna be for us. Is it going to be worth training you. Is it going to be worth giving you a raise. Can we get someone cheaper who can do better.
So I think Open Door Group actually addresses those issues so you can explain it better to employers.
So you get, you have, maybe not a fair or an equal playing field but at least a more balanced playing field when you go to employers for interviews.