Learner Stories

Eric’s Story

Eric’s Story

My sister was going to the Learning Exchange to work in her GED and was always talking about how great everyone was there and how friendly it was. I reached out to them because I wanted to try to complete my GED as well.

My experience at the Learning Exchange has been one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. I feel so welcome and accepted. The atmosphere at the Learning Exchange is amazing .I could be having a bad day but once I walk in those doors it always makes me feel happy and like I can do anything.

I am most proud of passing 4 out of 5 GED exams. All I have left to complete is math, which might be one of the hardest subjects for me but with help from my teacher and all the encouragement I get I know I will be able to do it. One of the things I find that has changed in my life since going to the Learning Exchange is the feeling of confidence I now have in myself.

The people at the Learning Exchange make you feel so welcome, no matter who you are they are always make you feel so uplifted, always so positive. The Learning Exchange is one of the best places I ever been. I really don’t think I could have gotten so far with my GED if it was not for everyone at the Learning Exchange and all of their encouragement.

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Shelley’s Story

About a year ago, I was referred to the Power Up program by Social Development. My favorite part was the expectation that we were responsible to be there. I treated it like a job. I got up in the morning, got my coffee ready and went. One of the topics that really stuck with me was on joy. I had not considered the idea that you could be happy for the sake of being happy. I wanted to find my happiness. Since then, I have taken WEN’s Self-Esteem course. This came at the perfect time in my life because I had just left an abusive relationship. The support of everyone there kept me going. I got my power back. I am currently taking the Stress Management course. I’ve become even more involved in the Learning Exchange. I graduated from WESLinks before Christmas and am now enrolled in WorkLinks. My son and I are planning to host a cultural workshop and talking circle so the learners can discover more about First Nations. I’m excited to give back. When you walk into the building, you feel like you are coming home. Everyone there is working together to help you. You put your mind to it, you commit, and you will get what you want out of the programs.

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Dawn’s Story

I was aging out of the school system, so my husband’s social worker suggested I go to the Learning Exchange because they could help me get my GED. I went more than once to see what would work for me and that never seemed to matter. In 2019, I went back to WorkLinks because I got tired of living on the system. I took all nine workshops of the Soft Skills training. They also helped me find an internship with the United Way. 

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Natusha’s Story

Natusha discusses what she learned in women's empowerment programs and how she is sharing that knowledge with her children.

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