In my story I hope to give at least one person the inspiration to follow their heart and bring them one step closer to achieving their hopes, dreams, and goals.
I had little confidence or determination a year ago and I was at the point in my life where I thought things couldn't get any worse. Being that I lost someone very close to me; I separated from my husband and was left as a single mother with three children. I was a stay-at-home mother, with no formal education to help support my children or myself and no clue as to which way to turn. In my eyes, I reached what I thought was one of the most challenging and low points of my life.
Seven months ago, my life changed dramatically. Being on social assistance, I was given an opportunity to attend the Career Planning for Women Workshop. I truly believe the workshop played a big part in putting me back on the right path and brought me to where I am today. The workshop gave me a chance to gain the confidence I needed including a more positive outlook and reminded me that anything is possible.
Career Planning for Women brought me to knowing who I was and what I wanted to do. I realized I wanted to be back in school to learn and experience new things. I set many goals for myself and have faith in all the wonderful and great opportunities I know are ahead of me.
Thankfully, I was given the opportunity through Employment Insurance and the Reach Back Program to be funded to return to school. I am now enrolled in the Addictions Worker Program, which I am truly enjoying. I have grades that I am proud of.
I firmly believe we have the help, support, and resources available to us but it is up to each individual to make the most of them.
If I can give anyone advice it would be to believe that anything is possible. Remember to take each day, one day at a time, and to try and stay positive. Treat each opportunity as a blessing. Each opportunity will bring you one step closer to shaping who you are as a person and the person you are meant to be.