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woman standing in front of her houseElizabeth found support and direction through our Pathways to Developmental Service Worker program

When Elizabeth came to Canada, she had trouble finding work because of her limited English. 

“I’m a single mother with two young children. I had my degree and worked as a manager back in the Dominican Republic but I needed a job here to support my family. I started English classes and went to The Neighbourhood Group’s Employment Centre on Danforth for help.”

Working with staff to determine her needs and goals, Elizabeth realized she wanted to help others in her new country. She focused on healthcare and joined our Pathways to Developmental Service Worker program. The 16-week training and placement program gave her the training and Canadian work experience that is essential for newcomers entering the Canadian workforce. 

After her placement, Elizabeth was hired by Christian Horizons to work in a group home. Now able to support her family through a decent work employer, Elizabeth also gained confidence in her skills, and ability to speak English.  

“I love my work because I’m making a difference in people’s lives. Where I come from, there’s no support for people with disabilities. Here I see the progress people make to become independent. Programs like this help everyone and show we’re all part of a community. I want to get my Developmental Service Worker diploma so I can do even more!”