312 Pine St, Ignace, ON (807) 934-6874 crossroadsempl@bellnet.ca Your Job is Our Job!

I am a 35 year old single mom working as a bookkeeper for many years. I reached a point that I was just tired of never having money. I wanted to be able to help my daughter when the time comes to go to college, but knowing with my wage there would be no way. Two years ago I ended up on unemployment and was told about the Second Career funding. I thought “this is the time”. This is my chance to acquire skills that will provide me with a better wage. I went to the Crossroads Employment Services Centre in Ignace and worked with Roxanne Cox, Program Manager, to decide on a course path and plan. I decided on nursing because I have always wanted to be a nurse, but growing up I lacked the confidence. I applied for Second Career and was approved. The office in Kenora was very helpful in reaching a plan that provided me with funding that I can live with. I moved my daughter and me to Thunder Bay and began my path to being a nurse. It has been a very challenging path and has had its bumps in the road. Learning how to “learn” again, and developing good study habits again. Raising a daughter on my own in a city, when we are both small town girls was another challenge. I did manage to complete the first semester with a 3.8 GPA and the second semester with a 4.0 GPA. I was lucky enough to be hired by the college as a summer employee working as a Lab Assistant. It has been a lot of hard work and no play but the moment that made it all worthwhile for me was the day I got the phone call from the Dean of my school to tell me I was chosen to represent the PN students in a round table discussion with the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. It was the most surreal moment of my life. It was so hard to believe a bookkeeper from a small town was sitting here with the Prime Minister of Canada. It was thanks to Second Career funding and all of the great people associated with Second Career that I am able to achieve these goals and my appreciation is incredible. I am well on my way now to completing my second year and will graduate in June as a Practical Nurse.

Jennifer Morin