"I couldn't have done it all without the support of WorkBC." - Moh

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New life, New dreams

I came to Canada in 2016 with my family including 2 children, aged 4 and 6 respectively. I was full of hope and enthusiasm.  I came from Iraq. I worked different jobs. The job where I was for the longest time was as a security guard but I got laid off in 2020. As a security guard, I was receiving minimum income but was thankful for the experience and opportunity given to me by the organization. Shortly after that, I came to WorkBC Centre Whalley seeking Job Search support. I was ready to change my career because I knew there were many opportunities out there but I wasn’t qualified.  My background in Physical Education back home was not leading me anywhere.

I worked as a volunteer in Refugee camps back home and really enjoyed this type of work.  I tried to look for work related to this job but most companies required certain education/certificate in Canada. I discussed my goals with my case manager and she guided me through the Social Service Training.

While I was in training, my marriage fell apart but I had to keep going for the sake of my children.  It was very hard emotionally and financially.   

WorkBC provided me with guidance and support that I needed during my hardships.  Aside from my fee, they also provided financial support for my family’s basic needs, and paid for kids’ day care as well.  They helped me in my job search, making sure I have a good resume and I am ready for job interviews.  Even after I found work, they supported me financially for transportation.  From time to time, I connect with my case manager for support.

I am now working as a Youth Care Worker at Life Ready Facilitated Care.  I got this job a few weeks after graduation.

I couldn't have done it all without the support of WorkBC.  I promise to work the best I can so I can continue to be an inspiration for my kids and young people I serve. 


WorkBC is the provincial government's access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal — to help all British Columbians to successfully navigate B.C.'s labour market.