Her Wings Unfolded...

Posted on: 8 Mar 2023

Woman Believing in her Dreams

The last time I recall was when I was struggling to make ends meet. In addition to being a single mother with a six-year-old son, I had experienced domestic violence and did not have any relatives or friends whom I could turn to for assistance. Furthermore, I was also a new immigrant who was unfamiliar with the resources available to us here. Eventually, I met individuals who helped us overcome the difficulties of applying for food banks, income assistance, etc. In addition, I maintained close ties with the Filipino community in the Surrey area. It was at that time that I met Ms. Rosita Bernardo from WorkBC Centre Whalley. The first time I met her, I felt a sense of relief because she is a Filipina, and I felt at ease with her. Her trustworthiness and kindness made me think I could rely on her. She encouraged me to be strong and believed that I could turn my life around.


Lyn's Beautiful Story of Rediscovering Herself

Posted on: 30 Nov 2022

Career Development Practitioner

"During the past two years (COVID-19), I was lost, confused and had mild depression. I gained a lot of weight and became de-motivated, but because I met Rosita at WorkBC Whalley Centre, I got the opportunity to see my new self again. She guided my career decision by analyzing my skills and background, which I couldn't see myself then. She allowed me to obtain the necessary training and credentials with the help of WorkBC funding. I am delighted to say that I completed the Career Development Practitioner Diploma program on July 27, 2022."


Marie Finds Her Career for a Lifetime

Posted on: 28 Oct 2022

Health Care Aide

"I wanted to go to school to take Health Care Assistant program. But I wondered if I could shoulder the costs. Then, my friend told me about WorkBC and to call Ms. Rosita Bernardo. So, I finally got into the Health Care Assistant Program. During my training, I struggled to balance my household duties, make my assignments, review and prepare for exams. I often had very little sleep, and my stress and anxiety were very high. However, as I talked to Ms. Rosita, she was always very positive, guiding and encouraging me that I could do well and not doubt myself."


Crystal's Phenomenal Journey to Achieve Her Goals

Posted on: 8 Sep 2022

Licensed Practical Nurse

"I started this journey with WorkBC Whalley about 2 years ago and it was the best decision I could have ever made. I started by doing personality tests and it was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn so much about myself. WorkBC Whalley helped me research different colleges to pursue the LPN program again with regard to the cost of tuition, resources such as distance and the reputation of the school. WorkBC Whalley worked with me individually helping me understand the strengths I could use to get me through this program. "


Kelsey's Journey to Success

Posted on: 13 Jul 2022

Health Care Aide

"Never in my life did I ever think that I would turn my life around as I have in the past few years. I have learned a lot about myself and other people. I have always thought about being a care aide but the thought of going back to school after ten plus years and all the funding scared the hell out of me. Getting into this industry has shown me patience, it has opened my eyes to a whole new world. I am proud of myself for getting this far and I am officially a certified Care Aide."


Rhealyn Spells out her Story of Success

Posted on: 24 Mar 2022

Personal Support Worker and Mental Health

"I was a live-in caregiver for a lovely woman with dementia for more than six years. Sadly, she passed away at the age of 97 last November of 2019, leaving me unemployed. Someone told me to call WorkBC because WorkBC has programs that might help me find another job or get into a skills training program. I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to the WorkBC Whalley office. Without your program, I could not have achieved this training on my own financially."


Believe in Yourself, You are Braver than You Think

Posted on: 23 Feb 2022

Caregiver and Nursing

"Even though I have years of experience as a live-in caregiver, I did not have the proper training and education in Canada that would enable me to work in facilities or for a company within my line of profession. Rosita guided and counselled me as I applied for the appropriate Work BC program that can provide the proper learning, practice and literacy I needed in my field of work. This was life-changing for me. I now have a valid Certificate and Diploma; I was even one of the top students in my class."


Kathleen's Strong Conviction to Achieve Her Goals

Posted on: 26 Jan 2022

female education assistant and child working on drawings

"When the pandemic hit, I got laid off from a job that I thought would position me towards becoming an educator. I was heartbroken. I did not know how and where to start looking for another opportunity. Then came WorkBC Whalley. I was able to register for an intensive Education Assistant Diploma Program. With the Education Assistant Diploma, I landed my new job. So I would like to extend my gratitude to the WorkBC organization."


Nina Found her Dream Job

Posted on: 14 Jan 2022

Health Care Aide

"I decided to come to WorkBC as I heard that there is support available to find another job or free training. I could not afford to go back to school because I brought my family to Canada. I completed the package, and I was approved for tuition to attend the Health Care Assistant program at Drake Medox College. After receiving my certificate and transcript at the College, I  feel so proud. I graduated with honours."


Izee's Life Changing Experience

Posted on: 21 Jul 2021

woman placing bandage on a senior man's arm

"The cleaning company I had worked for had shut down and I did not have a place to return. In July 2020, Svitlana informed me that the Government is offering a free program for Health Care Aide. It was very difficult, but all this time Svitlana was in touch and supported me. While I was doing my practicum, I got a job offer even before I got a diploma."


New Life with New Aspirations for Aynaz

Posted on: 16 Jul 2021

different colours of coloured pencils

"I am so grateful that I got all the support that I needed to succeed from WorkBC. I am no longer receiving income assistance and am happy to share that I have my own car. Please do not give up. If any challenges come your way, accept them and find your way towards a better opportunity. WorkBC will always help in making your dreams come true."


Bana's Success Story

Posted on: 18 Dec 2020

woman typing on a keyboard

"WorkBC employees helped me in many ways - they helped me to improve my resume and cover letter. They also researched my job and sent me some interview questions and general advice so that I could be ready and confident for my interview. Thanks to the hard work put in by the entire team, I am currently working as an Education Assistant at Surrey Schools."


Saaz's Journey towards Her Dream Career

Posted on: 15 Dec 2020

female hands and child hands typing on laptop keyboard

"It is because of the continuous efforts of the entire team at WorkBC that I found a way into my dream career – I started a job in school as an education assistant. I am highly indebted to her WorkBC for all the support the team has extended to me in finding work and leading a decent life. I strongly recommend WorkBC to everyone who is actively looking for work."


Scott Turns His Dreams into Reality

Posted on: 4 Jun 2020

Male nurse with stethoscope and holding a patient chart

"WorkBC helped me fulfill the dreams, hopes and achievements that I had been longing for. I have been able to help people in conditions that are worse than mine as well as during times of strife. I absolutely love what I do. I wanted to show my sons that nothing is impossible if you keep trying and never give up!"


Shweta's Fast Track to Success

Posted on: 29 May 2020

A book, glasses and a clock

"I visited the WorkBC location at Whalley and was assigned to an employment counsellor. My employment counsellor recommended a 6-day career building, counselling and resume formatting workshop. It helped me understand the Canadian Job market better. They also provided me with compass fare cards and referred me to Dress for Success for professional attire. My job coach pointed me in the right direction and her advice helped me with my interviews and salary negotiations. All of this helped me land a job in just a few weeks."


Allan's Hard Work Paid Off

Posted on: 7 Feb 2020

Mechanic's gloved hands fixing a diesel generator

"You always have to put in work to get what you really want in life. In the end, it all pays off! Don't be afraid to ask questions, put in the leg work and I can guarantee after using the services at Whalley WorkBC you will be successful in any career you decide to pursue."


Roselyn's Struggles for Her Dream Job

Posted on: 7 Feb 2020

hand hokding a pen with a laptop, notebook, and plant in the background

"The career assessments confirmed that Office Administration was a good field for me. My training application was approved and I graduated with honors from a nine months long Office Administration program. After the practicum my employer hired me. I am so happy!!"


Ahmed Faces Change with an Open Mind

Posted on: 7 Feb 2020

man looking at his work papers on a desk

"I left behind a well-established career to move to Canada. After coming here, I had to face many more challenges but managed to achieve a prestigious SCMP designation. However, I had a few concerns and needed help with a clear direction."