Category Archives: Success Story

Grooming a Future: Employ! Helps Animal Lover Land Dream Job

The clippers buzz as the large tomcat lifts his paw to get his thick undercoat trimmed. Toffee-coloured fur piles up on the linoleum, as Cassie Martel watches for any sign of escape. The cat purrs as the razor gently caresses his belly. “That’s going to feel so much better, especially in this heat,” says Cam Albert, […]

For the Love of Trees

Like the Lorax from Dr. Seuss’ famed fable of the same name, you could say that Caitlyn Snyder speaks for the trees. She not only loves trees, like the Lorax, but she also has a penchant for bright colours, which is evident from the very pink wood chipper that is attached to her new work […]

Charging Ahead: New Business Owner Overcomes the Odds

Before arriving in BC in 2008, Darcy Lacombe did not have a fixed address. He had been incarcerated for a time and spent more than a decade homeless, living on the streets in Calgary. “When I was released from prison, I managed to use the acquired skills that I learned there, such as carpentry, to […]

For the Love of Dogs: Employ Participants Overcome Challenges, Raise Funds

Growing up on his grandfather’s Westside ranch, Cyprian Louis was more accustomed to the movements of horses and the family’s 12 blue heelers than the small talk of strangers. But he wasn’t just shy around people. He also had anxiety, and as a young adult trying to secure—and keep—a job, Cyprian struggled. “I was really […]

Where Good Things Grow

Sonja Peters knows how fulfilling it is to grow something from a simple seed of an idea. She planted seeds and tended plants for years, working for others in the fields of agriculture and horticulture. However, after she moved to rural Lumby to live with her partner, she decided a change was in order. That’s […]

Nicholas Alexander Landscaping Goes Back to Its Roots

Vernon’s Nick Moffat comes by his profession honestly. Having grown up in his parents’ garden centre, it was a natural progression for him to work his way up in the industry, first as a landscaper and now as the owner of Nicholas Alexander Home & Garden. “I worked at the garden centre my whole childhood,” […]

The Interview: How Breanna Got Confidence & the Job

When Breanna Bloor thinks back to job interviews after high school, she remembers her words stumbling, getting stuck somewhere between her mind and her tongue. She remembers not getting calls back. She remembers getting calls back for retail jobs that saw her standing around alone most of the day, looking out the window. That stuck […]

Escaping to a New Adventure

IT LOOKS JUST LIKE GRANDMA’S LIVING ROOM. Every detail of the space screams vintage, save for the large flat-screen monitor off to the side. Centred on the chocolate brown shag are two rusty brown floral patterned sofas. Pictures of family members in shiny metal frames are showcased on shelves around a veneer cabinet that is […]

Saying Yes to the Business

FOR MANY MONTHS, Sue Cairnie had a conundrum: She knew she loved creating ceremonies and wanted to be a celebrant; she just had no idea how to turn that passion into a paying job. “I knew that was my passion or my calling. I had a burning desire to make money doing what I love, […]