out world, here we come!
is a native of Winnipeg and has worked at the Winnipeg Tax
Centre for five years. She is married and is currently planning
on a building a home on the outskirts of Winnipeg with her
husband. Stacey has recently married and has three wonderful
children. She and her husband have moved into a large home
in Transcona. She has also worked at the Winnipeg Tax Centre
for five years.
I started working at the age of 13, as a chambermaid in
a local hotel. After that came a stint in the school cafeteria,
a fast food restaurant and a nursing home. While I worked
at the nursing home, I started working for home care. I
was employed with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA)
for 9 1/2 years - during that time, I also held second
and third jobs. I was a waitress, a graveyard-shift
worker in a donut shop, a cashier in a major chain store,
a telemarketer and last but not least, I was a university
I worked my way through university, paying as I went.
It took five years, but I graduated with my Bachelor of
Arts Degree in 1994. I am a Métis. I used this once,
to my advantage in University when I applied for a bursary
and received it. At no other point did I use my Métis
status for any help.
It was a struggle in University. I moved out with a friend
when I was 19 and in my second year. I had two jobs for
the majority of the time, rent to pay, school to pay for,
a car payment and all the other necessities in life. A good
portion of the time, I had very little money for food
or any extras. My parents were fabulous, as was my roommate.
I persevered and finally graduated.
After graduation, I still held two or three jobs. I had
a choice to make: continue my education or buy a home. I
bought a condo. I continued working hard and eventually
took a correspondence course for a Legal Assistant, which
I passed with Honours.
More years went by, I met my wonderful husband and he moved
in in 1996. Approximately a year later, I heard through
my cousin (who works at Canada Customs and Revenue Agency)
that they were holding an external competition for Aboriginals
at the Tax Centre. I wrote the test, passed the interview
and became a term CR04 (Clerical and Regulatory Group).
Six months after I started, I was seriously injured in a
car accident and was off work for 5 months. When I came
back, I still had a couple of broken bones, but didn't feel
I could turn down my call back.
Since then, I was made a permanent CR04 and acting PM01
(Program Administration Group) and finally a permanent PM01
in the area I currently work in. I love my job. My
co-workers are great and I've made many friends. I am an
active member in the CANE committee (Committee for the Awareness
of Native Employees), I write articles for our division
newsletter and I volunteer for the United Way drive and
the Children's Hospital fundraisers.
If you had asked me 6 years ago if I thought I would be
working in an office, I would have laughed. Now, I have
my sights set on management. I'm still young and have
a lot to learn, but I'm stubborn and will persevere until
I get what I want.
I started working at the age of 13 in a local restaurant in
rural Manitoba. After that I worked as a gas station attendant
and as a waitress/cook in a local chain store.
After graduating from high school I had my first child at the
age of 19. I proceeded to work at the local Woolco as a waitress/cook
and in the Ladies dept.
Realizing that I wasn't making enough money, I went to college.
I completed a Business Management course, which I mostly completed
on my own as it was a new school and they were short on teachers.
I graduated with Honours. During this time I was on partial
assistance and working anywhere I could and also raising a child.
My time in college was tough and it was also a time when I met
my first husband and got pregnant with my second child.
The marriage didn't last and I found myself alone with
two children and no money. I started work at the local
Casino working long hours as a credit runner and still not
making enough money to support us. I had to visit food banks,
second hand stores and rely a lot on family and friends. Realizing
this was hard on myself and my kids, I knew things had
I am a non-status Indian. I have never used my nationality for
anything and was unsure if I should. I was told about some organizations
and other groups that would help, but didn't know if I should
try. That was when I found out about Canada Customs and Revenue
Agency (CCRA). They were holding a competition for Aboriginals
and I thought why not, it couldn't hurt. So the story begins
Being a single mom in desperate need of a job I took my
chance. It's a good thing I did. I made it through the
competition and was on my way to being a CCRA employee. I
walked through the door as a term CR04. Three years later,
I became a perm PM01.
Being in this job was not easy. I had never experienced
racism before and was getting a lot of it here. I was
very taken aback that grown adults could treat me this way.
I later found out that it wasn't me personally they were
angry with, it was the thought that we had received our
jobs as a hand out. Everyone later realized we had to work
and compete just like they did.
During my time here I have joined the CANE committee, volunteered
for the United Way, Children's Charities and various other
committees. I have come to love my job as well as
the people I work with and feel that I have become a role
model for my kids.
Much like Rose, if you had asked me 6 years ago where I
thought I would have been. I probably would have said, "Lost
in the system on welfare with no hope." I now know
that if you set your mind to something you can achieve
it. So look out world here I come and I'm not going
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