Mother's Day Special...

May 4, 2017

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 financial hardships. She completed her High school education in Indonesia and had previous work experience in production work and Care Aide in Taiwan. She is fluent in multiple Asian languages. However, she needed to find a steady full time job in Surrey to be able to support her daughter.

Narisem attended job search workshops and learnt creative strategies to beat the competition. She was also referred for WorkBC job development services where she received support, leads and contacts for employment opportunities. The Whalley WorkBC Job Developer called her connection at a local supermarket and was able to arrange an interview for Narisem. The hiring manager decided to offer an opportunity but was not guarantying full time hours. The Job Developer met with employer and discussed the benefits of the Wage Subsidy Program for single parents to encourage them in providing Narisem with full time hours. The employer agreed to hire and train using the Wage Subsidy Program. Narisem started working on December 18, 2015 as Seafood Assistant for 35-40 hours/week. On completing 6 months of work experience contract, the employer expressed that they were very pleased with her performance and offered her a permanent position. During the past year, WorkBC has also helped her with childcare and transportation support.

Narisem continues to work and appreciates the Province of British Columbia and Whalley WorkBC for being part of her journey to success.