The Gateway into the Workforce

harvinder pic“Before my Computer Comfort program training, I was afraid to touch the computer,” says Harvinder. “Now I can ask Google (new window) anything!”

Harvinder has Multiple Sclerosis (new window) which affects her balance. However, she wants to work and share her abilities in the workplace.

To enter the job market, she felt that she needed to develop her computer skills. Though she had used computers in the past in her previous job in bookkeeping, she had not used a computer for a long time, and lacked confidence in her abilities.

She was referred to the Neil Squire Society by the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre (new window) in Vancouver. The Neil Squire Society’s Computer Comfort program turned out to be the perfect fit.

It was a “great and memorable learning experience,” she recounts. Harvinder felt that she could freely ask questions to her tutor, and was impressed by the patience and helpfulness of each tutor.

“My one hour Computer Comfort session was completely centered on me, at my pace and on my interests.”

She was able to focus on the skills that she needed for the workplace, including Microsoft Word (new window), PowerPoint (new window), Excel (new window), social networking and building her resume.

“The Neil Squire Society has helped me a lot. I am doing what I do now because of my experience at the Neil Squire Society,” she explains. “I now feel comfortable in a desk job where I am sitting, as I have full use of my hand.”

Since Harvinder started the Computer Comfort program she has participated in multiple community volunteer opportunities, including volunteering at Walter Moberly Elementary School (new window) as a Library Assistant. She is hardworking woman always striving to grow.

She is excited to re-enter the working world and accomplish her goals with her new found computer literacy and skills. With the confidence she found in Computer Comfort, Harvinder has found her gateway back into the workforce.