Power of a haircut

One of the first things youth notice when they walk into our employment centre is a barbershop chair and desk with haircutting tools. Aleks, our employment counsellor who assists youth to prepare applications and find work, is also a barber. He had the idea to provide a weekly barbershop when he saw that many of [...]

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A child of the street

When Darren was only 13 years old, his mom threw him out. His mother suspected one of his friends when some of her jewellery went missing, so she flew into a rage and told her young son to leave her home immediately. With nowhere to go in his small Prairie town, he imagined the big [...]

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New chef stirs things up

Chef John Lee, our new instructor for our culinary arts training program, Cooking for Life, made sure to poach Theresa some eggs. She had never had them poached before. For Chef John, these little moments matter. “If they want to try something, it’s my job to make sure they can,” he says. “In this kitchen, [...]

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Cast aside

Josh’s mom worked hard to provide for her three kids on her own, but there was love and understanding in their house. When she met her future husband, everything changed. He was a bully to her kids and her, but she could not find the strength to leave.

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Working for her father’s approval

Since a young age, Nadia was forced to work in her father’s Toronto bakery every day until late in the evening while he hurled insults and commands. Her confidence was shattered by his constant putdowns, and she had no time for friends or homework.

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