Rosie was a master potter who had not been able to work her art since she was a young woman. Suffering with depression for years, Rosie moved all over the country trying to escape her world. One day she wandered into Trail and decided to stay. She met with the CDS job developer and her love of pottery was clear. Rosie wanted to start her own business and work from home, selling her pottery in local stores. The job developer worked with her to find the funding to pay for start-up equipment and stock. Today she is producing exquisite pottery pieces sold throughout the Kootenays.
“I am a grandson, a son, a father, a brother, an uncle, a criminal and a drug addict. I was an angry little boy that has grown up into an angry man.
One of my friends told me about a place where they help people find work and took me to CDS. I met someone there and right away I felt like this was some place that I wouldn’t have to bolt and run from. They did not care if I could fill in the forms or read and write, that did not matter to them. I was hired right away to work on an outside landscaping crew with a job coach and another person.
Right from the start I felt supported; the Employment Counsellor at CDS helped me to set my alarm clock and also phoned me in the morning to make sure I was up. She called me and told me it was time to leave to walk to work because I could not tell time. I liked working really hard outside weed whacking and raking grass.
The job coach filled in my time sheets, showed me what to do and made me feel good about working. When I wanted to learn how to work with chainsaws the job coach took the course with me, reading the stuff that I needed to know and helping me to answer the test questions.
I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and have spent a lot of time bolting and running away from things I don’t understand, but the one place I never bolted from was working at CDS.”
CLBC job seeker