Managing Work & Family - Shanda's Story

Not long ago, Shanda moved from Quebec to Surrey 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 to support her children. She contacted Whalley WorkBC and discussed her situation with an Employment Counsellor. We told her about 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 computer of her own.

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 proof of competency in her field. WorkBC provided financial support for a course in Health Care Assistant Practice and connected her with John Collins Consulting for a competency assessment. She was funded for this specialized assessment and received a comprehensive report and letter on her competencies as a Care Aide. All this helped her register as a qualified licensed Care Aide in BC.

Shanda was identified as an ideal candidate under the Provincial Single Parent Employment Initiative (SPEI) for a wage subsidy. Our Whalley staff started marketing her to suitable employers. Within weeks she was interviewed and offered a Care Aide position with Care at Home, a subsidiary of Pro Vita Management. Before starting she needed

  • TB Test
  • Food Safe
  • First Aid

Once again, she was financially supported by WorkBC to complete all these requirements and she started working full time on contract. She has since successfully completed her contract as a 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.