Josephine - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta
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Writing her own happy ending

Photograph of JosephineJosephine, a single mom of five children, came into the Fort McMurray Alberta Works Centre at a very difficult time in her life. She had lost her job due to the economic downturn and couldn’t find another job. Her Employment Insurance had run out, she had been evicted from her home, and had to turn to the local shelter. Josephine approached her local Alberta Works Centre for help. Her Career and Employment Consultant provided her Emergency Income Support so Josephine could find and afford a new home and helped her with her resumé and job search. Josephine came to the centre every day to look for work, but she didn't have any luck. That's when she decided to create her own job. She is now working on two projects for the local Métis Friendship Centre and she's writing a chapter for a book for new immigrants. Her chapter is about Filipino women in Canada and the role the church has played in supporting them. Josephine is now able to support her family though her self-employment. She always has a smile and is very positive. Josephine still comes into the centre when she needs inspiration to work on a new proposal or writing. "Don't give up - determination pays off. There are always good people around to help you. My Career and Employment Consultant provided constant, consistent encouragement."

Modified: 2017-04-20
PID: 18526