Employment program gets $3.5M boost

<p>Christina Sinitoski, 27, faced a lifetime of low paying “survival jobs,” when she decided to take advantage of a job-training program through Family Services’ Greater Vancouver Employment Resource Centre.</p>

 

More than 5,000 expected to benefit from federal funds


 

 

RAFE ARNOTT/METRO VANCOUVER

 

Christina Sinitoski at the Vancouver Family Services Centre downtown yesterday.





Christina Sinitoski, 27, faced a lifetime of low paying “survival jobs,” when she decided to take advantage of a job-training program through Family Services’ Greater Vancouver Employment Resource Centre.





At a press conference yesterday to announce a $3.5 million boost from Canada’s Employment Assistance Services to the program, Sinitoski said she is looking for a career, not a job.





The young mother knew training was essential to climb the job ladder. With research and assistance from her case manager, she decided on a one-year program to become a licensed practical nurse.





“I’ve always considered nursing and after I had my daughter I wanted to make a better life for us,” Sinitoski said.





“With (nursing) I’ll be helping people, which is really rewarding.”





Abbotsford MP Ed Fast was on hand yesterday at Family Services’ Davie Street location to announce a two-year funding deal that will benefit more than 5,000 people in the Vancouver area.




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