Mother's Day Special...

May 4, 2017

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 registration.

Shanda was determined to find work in her field and put an end to her hardship. At this time she was financially struggling and also needed support for her children. She contacted Whalley WorkBC and discussed her situation with an Employment Counsellor. She was given information on Options Child Care Resource & Referral program to help with childcare. Shanda was also referred to Food Quest Exchange for discounted groceries for her family and encouraged to use computers in WorkBC resource center as she had no personal resource.

Shanda started her Care Aide registry process that required her to complete a course; since her diploma and experience were out of province she was also asked to provide competency proof in her field. WorkBC provided financial support for a course in Health Care Assistant Practice and connected her with John Collins Consulting for competency assessment. She was funded for this specialized assessment and received a comprehensive report and letter on her competencies as Care Aide. All this helped her register as a qualified licensed Care Aide in BC.

Shanda was identified as an ideal candidate under Provincial Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI) for wage subsidy. The Counselor and Job Developer started marketing her to suitable employers. Within weeks she was interviewed and offered a Care Aide position with Care at Home subsidiary of Pro Vita Management. Before starting she needed: TB Test, certificates in WHMIS, Food Safe & First Aid. Once again, she was financially supported by WorkBC to complete all these requirements. She started working full time.

The Job Developer encouraged her to remain focused and connected her with new employers. Shanda finally got a full time job through Wage Subsidy contract at higher wages. She has successfully completed her contract with the employer as Resident Care Aide and is employed full time now. WorkBC continues to help her with daycare support in the first year of her employment.

Shanda celebrates her success with Whalley WorkBC and appreciates all the support she received to reach her goal. Shanda is one of many people benefiting from the employment services readily available through WorkBC centers all over BC.