Tiara is a First Nations youth and a single parent to a preschool aged girl. Tiara is a determined young woman; she had her daughter in her teen years and still managed to complete high school. She cherished her new role as a mother but life was not very kind. Reality set in after a few years and she started facing financial hardship. A friend recommended she checks out ‘WorkBC’ for employment... click here for more
Narisem is one of many single moms in our society who are struggling to survive and provide for her child. She was an immigrant and stay home mom for 4 years. Due to severe circumstances she had to move to a Safe House where she spent over 9 months fighting a custody battle and finally getting full custody of her young daughter.
Narisem was facing many barriers to employment alongside... click here for more
Shanda, single mom of two children celebrates her success and shares her inspiring story.....
Not long ago she moved from Quebec facing financial hardship, having access to scarce resources, no family support and being unemployed. She had a Health Care Worker diploma from Quebec but soon found out that this is a regulated profession in BC that requires... click here for more
Like many other single parents in BC, Nikita was able to benefit through the Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI) of BC. She came to Options-Whalley WorkBC for help in career change and job placement. She was supported all the way by her Employment Counselor and received financial support to complete her Support Worker certification; she got a new resume and also received job development... click here for more
In a recently held Business Awards Luncheon organized by Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work; Options Whalley WorkBC was awarded Community Partner of the Year award.
The award was received by staff from Options Whalley WorkBC who help in marketing and placement of clients with multiple barriers including those with physical and mental limitations.
The... click here for more
Donald is a highly ambitious man in his early 60s. He is a single dad of two beautiful children with almost 10 years of experience in trades, mostly self-employed to have better control over time for family. Unfortunately this did not work out and he had to seek support from BC Income Assistance (welfare).
Donald contacted Whalley WorkBC center frustrated by temporary and sketchy work... click here for more
Hard work, dedication and determination have always been John’s motto!
John suffered complete hearing loss due to a childhood fever and hearing aids are not effective. He relies heavily on visual sensing and is able to lip read and understand body language while considering other visual cues, and requires an ASL interpreter for almost all important meetings. John does... click here for more
Being a single parent is a big responsibility. She felt trapped and the only way out was by remaining focused and working hard!
Asghar moved to Canada in 2013 with her family. She briefly worked as a food counter attendant and struggled with many hardships, including break down of her marriage. She was now a single mom of a 4 year old girl with no personal network or family,... click here for more
“Thank you again for your support and hard work to make this happen” – Stephen Sowinsky
Stephen moved from Montreal in 2009 with a big dream of being an animator and graphic designer. Being from out of town, Stephen was far away from his loving and supportive family and in a foreign place where he had no social connections or network in place. He had a diploma... click here for more