Harry’s Story: Building a Career in the Great Outdoors
After moving from Lytton to Lillooet in 2016, Harry struggled to find employment. He had several barriers to overcome when looking for work, including living rurally away from the city centre, a limited personal network in his new community, a lack of education, limited work experience, and mental health challenges. Frustrated and upset, he discovered the Lilllooet Employment Services Centre and Open Door Group while attending a program at the Lillooet Friendship Centre.
“Tracy and Pam worked alongside Harry to identify career options that aligned with his passions. Together, they realized that his love of working outdoors would be a great fit for operating machinery.”
At Lilllooet Employment Services Centre, Harry connected with employer advisors Tracy and Pam, who worked alongside Harry to identify career options that aligned with his passions. Together, they realized that his love of working outdoors would be a great fit for operating machinery. Tracy introduced Harry to several different schools, and helped him plan for his necessary skills training. They also worked together to prepare Harry’s resume and cover letter so that he could start applying for work as soon as he finished his training.
With personal and financial support from Open Door Group’s Lillooet team, Harry attended training at the Interior Heavy Equipment Operator School in Winfield, BC. Soon after completing his training, Harry was presented with a letter of employment from the North American Construction Group as an Articulate Rock Haul Truck Operator. Now, he has secure, full-time employment, with a great wage—all while working outside.
255“…they helped him to see his own strengths and facilitated the training and networking opportunities that allowed him to thrive.”F
Harry says he is thankful for the support that he received from the Lillooet Employment Services Centre, Open Door Group and his employment advisors during his career transition, because they helped him to see his own strengths and facilitated the training and networking opportunities that allowed him to thrive.