• WorkBC Self-Employment Program Success Story

From Breakdown to Breakthrough - Finding Success in Self-Employment


When Kevin walked in the Westside WorkBC for the first time, he had been on leave for over six months due to stress and anxiety. He was burned out from work and facing personal issues, and in desperate need to change his life and his career.

Before coming to the YWCA WorkBC Centre, Kevin tried a few entry-level jobs in different fields, but found that those jobs did not fulfill his career goals and financial needs. He decided to retrain and found out that WorkBC had programs and workshops to help with career planning, education and skills training.

When you’re unemployed, it can be depressing and I was struggling with low confidence and self-esteem. I thought WorkBC might be able to give me guidance in retraining for a new career long term, and be a good resource for my job search in the short term.

Kevin attended workshops offered by the YWCA WorkBC and they turned out to be a game-changer for him.

Not only did they get me out of the house, meeting and talking to people, I also received guidance from the knowledgeable, professional and helpful staff, which made me feel I wasn’t alone in my struggle to find work.

While exploring his options, Kevin found out about the WorkBC Self-Employment Program.

Through the Self-Employment Program, I could use my past experience to start my own business, rather than retraining in something that I had no experience in and would have to start from the bottom up working for someone else.

With support from the WorkBC Self-Employment program, Kevin launched Fluency Bridge, an advanced adult ESL (English as a Second Language) personal coaching service.

While starting my own business is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, every day now I am learning something new, my life now is filled with challenges but it has hope, meaning and joy again. I never could have done any of this without the support of the team at the YWCA WorkBC.

The YWCA in partnership with the YMCA offers eligible clients a free 48-week Self-Employment Program that will give you the knowledge, tools, and resources to start your own business. We provide funding for tuition, living supports, dependent care, transportation, and disability supports if required. With approval, clients can earn income within their business without losing income supports.

Learn more at a WorkBC Employment Services Centre near you.


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