Category Archives: Success Story

Trading Up: Students Learn Skills, Attain Work as Insulation Installers

Dustin McGibbon had been working as a mechanic in Fort McMurray for eight years before he decided to move back home to Vernon. Although he’d worked for a restoration company in his hometown before heading to Fort Mac, he found it was like “pulling teeth” to find work upon his return. As a single dad, […]

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 […]

Both Sides Now: How an Employer and Employee Benefit from Wage Subsidy

Blondie’s Parallel Lines spins on the turntable as Becca greets customers and works the espresso machine. Making the perfect Americano —dark and rich with just the right amount of foam— is just one of Becca’s talents as an employee of Record City, a second-hand retail music store that sells records, cassettes, instruments, stereo equipment and […]

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 […]

Taking One Step at a Time

Tina Phillips had always been surrounded by music. A pianist, she started playing before her feet could reach the pedals and she ended up becoming an on-demand accompanist and self-employed music teacher. Students would come to her home, where she’d give lessons on the 100-year-old grand piano that sits in her living room. She did […]

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,” […]

Machine Operator Turned Support Worker Gets ‘a New Direction in Life’

Several months after an invasive neck surgery was performed and following years of working as a bobcat operator, Justin Arcand lay awake, staring at the ceiling, wondering what his future held. “I really had no idea what I was going to do. My doctor had written a note saying I needed to change jobs.” Arcand […]

Time to Smell the Flowers: Starting a New Life and Business

Brenda Tuttle walks through the maze of fragrant purple flowers and reaches down to pick a spiny stalk. The tiny buds slip through her fingers to be swept up by the wind. Research has shown that lavender contains healing properties. Inhaling the oil extracted from the botanical can help calm the mind. It not only […]