Doug Learns a Trade and Finds Success

Doug had a stroke (new window) in his early childhood which left him with severe dyslexia (new window) and short term memory loss. He was unable to get ahead through conventional education or training due to his inability to read or write, however, at the age of 24, he was determined to create a better life for himself by learning a trade.

Doug Posing in front of an excavatorWhen Doug and his mother first came to the Neil Squire Society (new window), they had already tried to work with several agencies to obtain support, but often left feeling frustrated due to their inability to see Doug’s potential.

Despite his disability, Doug has been identified as a high level learner, and he was very determined to become a Machine Excavator Operator (new window).

Doug and his mother began working with the BC Centre for Ability (new window), as well as with a Case Manager at the Neil Squire Society. With our assistance, he worked diligently on his Opportunities Fund (new window) application and had all of his informational interviews and research of different training options done within record time.

Doug recently completed a four week training program with Fox Consulting Services (new window), a company located in Merritt, British Columbia (new window). They were understanding of his disability and were willing to offer hands-on training and testing, just the right kind of learning style he needed. The BC Centre for Ability (new window) allowed for out-of-town training which included funding for accommodation. “Doug did very well in his training and we would not hesitate to recommend him to any employers,” said Louise of Fox Consulting Services (new window).

Doug has already planned out the next steps of his action plan. He’ll be starting a job in Chilliwack (new window) with a friend of the family. When he completes a two day air brake (new window) course, he’ll be given a company truck. Once Doug has about 6-months of experience under his belt and some money saved up he will be returning to Fox Consulting (new window) in Merritt to upgrade his skills to include a Grader Operator course. The next stage will be to pursue work in the north where he already has three job offers and knows he will be able to make an excellent living.

After living for years with people closing doors in his face, Doug and his family remained determined and were able to take advantage of the training dollars provided through the Opportunities Fund (new window).

What a wonderful and positive experience it’s been, I finally feel successful being able to accomplish something on my very own,” said Doug.

Doug’s long term goals are to buy a house and be a successful working man. We are happy to have had the opportunity to work with Doug and see him move toward a great new career which will provide him with the life he deserves.