SUCCESS STORY – By Shelley & Ana Liza

November 21, 2016

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, these difficult circumstances forced her to reach for government financial assistance and Whalley WorkBC for help in employment.

She was immediately connected with Options Child Care Resources & Referral to set up childcare support and subsidy for her daughter. She was being served in her native language as she was still attending school to improve her English. Asghar had qualification in accounting from her country of origin but was not sure if she was able to return to her profession and use those credentials. At WorkBC she was helped with credential evaluation and finding out that it is possible for her to go back to her field.

During her career planning process it was identified that she will need to improve her essential skills and get some local certification in accounting to fill the gap. She was determined that with her hard work and all financial supports in place through WorkBC, she was on the road to success. Asghar completed her comprehensive essential skills training and also continued attending her English upgrading classes to meet entry requirements for further schooling. Her confidence soared after completing an intensive Accounting & Payroll training at a local college of her choice.

By now Asghar had a support team of Employment Counselor, Facilitator and Job Developer. She was well prepared with fine job search techniques; she also received grooming supplies to present well in an office environment and transportation support to attend school and interviews. The Job Developer, with her well established contacts, successfully got her an Accounting Clerk contract through wage subsidy benefit. Asghar is highly appreciative of all her supports. She feels that having the support for (after-school) daycare funding has relieved a huge financial pressure off her. She is able to manage her resources better and access healthier opportunities for her daughter.

Asghar and her employer confirm that she is highly satisfied by this placement opportunity and strives to perform well.