Izee's Life Changing Experience

Posted at: 21 Jul 2021
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My name is Izee and I am very glad that I had the opportunity to work with WorkBC Whalley and my  Employment Counsellor Svitlana. She is a wonderful person, a professional in her field, and thanks to her, my life has completely transformed.

In 2019, I started my journey with Work BC Whalley while on maternity leave. The cleaning company I had worked for had shut down and I did not have a place to return.  Though I  had extensive experience as a seamstress in Ukraine and Canada, I knew I didn’t want to return to it, as it would not serve my family's needs. 

Svitlana suggested that I need to think about obtaining post-secondary education and consider suitable options to get sustainable employment. It was not easy for me and my family to take the decision. However,  I agreed to start my journey toward a new career. To begin with, I worked with a wonderful instructor Danny Pendhall.   After the course with him, I realized that Health Care Aide is what I would like to do.

I chose a college and was ready to study, but my English language skills were not good enough to start the program immediately. I felt that all my dreams were shattered and I was ready to give up, but Svitlana advised me not to give up and improve my language skills. She believed in me and supported me when I had lost confidence.

In July 2020, she informed me that the Government is offering a free program for Health Care Aide, and by that moment I was just finishing my English course and had reached the required level. On the first day, I went to college and was enrolled in the first cohort. It was a fast-track program, 4 months of study from 8 am to 5 pm, seven days a week. 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.

Currently, I have been working full-time at a long-term facility for more than six months and I really love my new profession.

My life has changed because of WorkBC Whalley. I am very thankful to my Counsellor Svitlana for her amazing ability to support, encourage and help me achieve my goals.


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.