Lilly began the Employment Transitions Program on January 16, 2014. From the start Lilly was engaged in the program and was able to share with us her experience of raising two children while dealing with mental illness.
Lilly has been a single parent for most of her children’s lives and with her youngest nearing the end of his high school years, she knew that she needed to transition back into the workforce to set an example for her children. She decided that the Employment Transitions Program would be a good place for her to start.
While she was enrolled in the Employment Transitions Program, Lilly realized not only did she have the skills she needed to go back to work, she had a new found attitude. Lilly began delivering resumes, on a daily basis to businesses in the Marystown area. It was no surprise at all when she got not only one job offer, but three!
She feels that the Employment Transitions Program gave her a new lease on life, she is no longer fearful of her future. To quote Lilly: “Completing the Employment Transitions Program has been the most rewarding accomplishment of my life ; it gave me back my life.” Her family and friends have seen a remarkable change in her attitude and self-confidence . She is embracing her life and is very eager to move forward to see what will happen next.
Tyler has been taking part in recreational activities since he was a young boy and to this day continues to take advantage of the services offered through the Smallwood Crescent Community Centre, particularly the Youth Outreach Information Coordinator.
Tyler graduated High School in June of 2011 and was trying to find his place in this world with regards to a career. He visited the Youth Outreach Office a number oftimes and developed a resume to which he gained employment. However, he wasn’t satisfied with his choices and decided he would return to post-secondary school and receive a trade. Through the guidance of the Youth Outreach Coordinator, appointments were made and he was enrolled in the Steamfitter/ Pipefitter Program at Keyin College, Burin Campus.
In December 2013 he not only graduated from his program at the top of his class but received a Certificate of Achievement in recognition for outstanding achievement and contributions to the program. We are very proud to announce that Tyler recently secured employment at the local Kiewit Offshore Services Facility in Marystown.
Coady Barnes is a true example that determination can get you everything you dream of. Coady has been actively involved in the activities and programs at the Smallwood Crescent Community Centre as well as his younger siblings for many years. Hence, when the Community Centre first applied for the Conservation Corps, Green Team in 2012, he applied immediately and gained his position on the Green Team. Coady always believed in keeping the grounds in your neighborhood clean and safe so this was his perfect summer job .
Throughout his eight weeks on the Green Team, Coady learned a lot of valuable information through research that was required to present to different community groups including those of young children at the Smallwood Crescent Community Centre. Information such as recycling, planting trees,wildlife, and the importance of a clean water supply. All of which were communicated to the children on a daily bases. In turn, while carrying out their various duties around the vicinity,the children also took part in cleaning up their neighborhood and continue to do so today.
Once his summer position was complete, Coady went on to post-secondary schooling and received a trade in Steamfitter/Pipefitter where he holds a full time position with Ledcor in Alberta.