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Employment Navigator - C.G.'s Story

In life, we often encounter challenges that test our strength and determination. However, it is during these moments that we discover the power within us to rise above adversity and carve a path toward a brighter future. C.G., a remarkable individual who, despite facing personal health struggles and a difficult divorce, found hope and support through the YWCA Employment Navigator program.


Before joining the YWCA Employment Navigator program, C.G. had been working in the film industry. Unfortunately, the unpredictable nature of this industry made it difficult for her to maintain stable employment. She found herself in a precarious situation, both professionally and personally.

Adding to her employment woes, she was also battling metastatic breast cancer. The chemotherapy treatments, scheduled every 21 days (about 3 weeks), presented physical limitations that hindered her ability to work full hours or engage in physically demanding tasks. These challenges made it even more daunting for her to find suitable employment opportunities.

Determined to regain her independence and find meaningful work,C.G. discovered the YWCA Employment Navigator program through the Survive-to-Thrive facilitators. Having completed the STT program, she saw the Employment Navigator program as a stepping stone toward a brighter future.

The numerous workshops and kind, supportive guidance from the employment navigator helped me be more confident in applying for jobs. Knowing I can always email or call for help with job applications or just dealing with life to be independent as a single woman has been helpful with my striving in life.

Currently, C.G. is focusing on her well-being and recovery from a year of chemotherapy treatments. The ongoing Writers' Guild strike in the film industry has limited work opportunities. Despite these challenges, she remains determined to find part-time work that aligns with her physical capabilities and passion for serving others. Through volunteering at thrift stores and food banks, she finds fulfillment in working with people from various walks of life.

Looking forward, our interviewee envisions a future where she can continue working in the film industry once the strike ends. Simultaneously, she seeks part-time casual work in the service industry, aspiring to make a positive impact as a community worker or customer representative. Her passion for community living and genuine love for people of all ages, from babies to seniors, will undoubtedly drive her toward success in any role she pursues.



The Employment Navigator program is funded in part by Scotiabank, Vancity and RBC.

Learn more about the Employment Navigator program.