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Worker Finds a New Place to Grow
Employee of the Month

April 29, 2019

Worker Finds a New Place to Grow

I was working at Icon for TLC, and a lead hand told me about all the great services EMBERS provides. I noticed a lot of guys from TLC not being called back, and I asked how much he was making at EMBERS. When I found out he was making more at EMBERS, I decided to work here. I’ve been working with EMBERS now for 4 or 5 months.

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Worker Finds a Fit in Non-Profit Temporary Labour
Employee of the Month

April 29, 2019

Worker Finds a Fit in Non-Profit Temporary Labour

I had just finished a recovery program at UGM and wanted to gradually start working again. So when I saw an advertisement for EMBERS, I decided to apply. I was well received, and they actually wanted me to work the same day. I was a little surprised and told them I’d be back the next day. I came back, and they put me to work right away.

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Worker Stays Active with Skilled Labour
Employee of the Month

April 25, 2019

Worker Stays Active with Skilled Labour

Before I came to EMBERS, I was a building manager for a hotel, where I took care of plumbing and general maintenance. I was living in a small town at the time, and I thought it would be easy to get a job in Vancouver. However, I found it really hard to find a job as an older man. I was staying at the Salvation Army shelter and struggling, but then I came into EMBERS and got a job right away. Now I’ve been with EMBERS for nine months.

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Worker Discovers Her Own Strength Through Work
Employee of the Month

April 25, 2019

Worker Discovers Her Own Strength Through Work

I was coping with burnout from the opioid crisis. I sat on the board of the Aboriginal Front Door and was volunteering for that organization for eight months when the crisis hit hard. I was part of the response, and it was very traumatic to lose so many people and to be in an environment where only the media, harm reduction communities, and the first responders were taking the crisis seriously. I witnessed the impact of the crisis on the first responders, and that too was traumatic.

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Worker’s Injury Leads to Rewarding Career Change
Employee of the Month

April 25, 2019

Worker’s Injury Leads to Rewarding Career Change

Two years ago, I suffered a motor vehicle accident. I had been cleared to start working for a couple hours a day. So Mike, my boyfriend, said why don’t you go to EMBERS? I told him I’m not going to EMBERS, because all they do is construction. But, I came in and did the orientation. They said we need a driver, so I started as a driver, and I guess I never left.

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