Employment Success! Amelia's Story

Amelia is 25 years old and she has a history of focal seizure disorder. She came to us to seek basic job search support.

After being unsuccessful in securing employment through regular job search assistance, we discussed the possibility of her health being a barrier to her employment and encouraged her to meet with a Vocational Counsellor (VC) with Open Door Group for specialized services and additional disability supports.

Eventually, cognitive tests revealed that Amelia suffered relative impairment related to visual spatial processing and visual memory, caused by the underlying seizure disorder.

Amelia had completed only Grade 7 and had no other certifications.

Her limited work experience included selling cutlery from 2011-2012 and volunteering with a theatre company.  Initially, Amelia’s goal was to get a “simple and functional’ job to become independent.

WorkBC has helped me out tremendously over the past two years, providing me with the necessary supports, skills training and prepping me for the work world.I am so happy to have the Whalley team as my back up support system.

After detailed research with the support of her case manager, she decided to go for Building Services Worker Certification at Vancouver Community College.

Amelia was funded for schooling, clothes and food supports to complete the Building Service Worker program under Options – Whalley WorkBC Occupational Skills Development.

Her vocational counsellor from Open Door Group contacted several employers with regards to janitorial services and was successful in connecting Amelia with an employer. With assistance through the interview preparation process, she got the job! 

She was eventually offered a higher wage and full time work.

Work BC also has helped me have confidence in myself, I feel so good now that I have this job, which gives me a sense of purpose and high esteem.