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An Upward Trajectory: Brian’s Story

An Upward Trajectory: Brian’s Story

Brian has struggled with substance use abuse for most of his life. Most recently, in 2016, he relapsed and ended up experiencing homelessness in Vancouver. He quickly sought out treatment that year, but admits his recovery journey hasn’t been the easiest. 

In the summer of 2021, Brian had a cancer diagnosis that changed his perspective on life. The first few months on his medications were hard on him physically and emotionally. Having always been a hard worker, he thought that the medication might mean he could never work again. Once he switched to a new medication, he found himself with more energy and a healthier attitude towards life. In the fall, he walked past Mission Possible, saw the sign outside and came in to learn more. 

Since his first day at MP, he’s felt supported and like he was a member, of not only a team, but of a family. Working helped him realize his full potential both professionally and personally. He was excited to be a part of such a supportive environment and became inspired to help others the way Mission Possible helped him. Within a few months, he had updated his resume and jumped at the first opportunity to increase his hours and expand his skills. He became the successful applicant for a 6-month contract on the MP Maintenance's pressure washing team. 

What Brian liked most about working on the Clean Team and pressure washing team is the encouragement he received from everyone. When something bothered him, he felt comfortable to share his feelings without the fear of being judged. His work environment allowed him to feel heard and respected.

Feeling ready to take on new challenges, Brian started looking ahead towards finding more stable long-term employment. With that in mind, he worked hard to get his driver’s license back and was able to in spring 2022. Around this time, he saw that Mission Possible was hiring a Property Maintenance Technician and was eager to apply for the permanent position. He was hired, and has been a full time permanent staff member at Mission Possible since! For Brian, it’s incredibly meaningful to help others in the Employment Readiness Program as many of them are starting in a similar place to where he was.

Brian was also award with Mission Possible's Momentum Award at the 2022 Gala. Each year, Momentum Awards are given at our gala to recognize the hard work and achievements of a few Employment Readiness Program graduates. These recipients exemplify our five values of being tenacious, compassionate, humble, supporting and empowering.

Brian’s hard work and determination since he first walked into Mission Possible’s door has allowed him to soar, and made him a valuable asset to our team! 

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