What Change Means
I moved to Edmonton to get out of Fort McMurray, to get myself educated, to start a business. I got tired of working for other people. I figured it's time for me to move on to other things. I worked in industry for twenty-five years, I enjoyed the work. I like the heavy equipment operator's life, but you get tired of it as the years go by. It's like any other thing you do in life.
"Never let anyone take your independence away."*
I really believe in this saying from my childhood days. I lived in foster homes and group homes. I felt dependent because I had to obey rules which I never liked.
At age fifteen, I decided to leave the group home. I was living and make my own life. I found work as a waitress in a restaurant in Stony Plain. I made enough money to pay my rent and for my food. From the moment I got my first paycheck I have been paying my way.
Ivan Nikiforuk I would like to introduce myself to the students at The Learning Centre. I am a male adult, from greater Edmonton, where I attended Ross Sheppard Composite High. I have one hundred credits, plus general skills. At eighteen, I owned my car (cash) and sold it! Through the years, I have developed a mental illness and must see a psychiatrist regularly. Now I am quite independent. Thank you!
I was initially introduced to the Boyle Street Co-op, to assist as a volunteer and to develop a structure for the work world. I attended a work seminar at the Sport-Ex, where I approached a booth that would put me in school. Because I was already a volunteer, my case manager introduced me to The Learning Centre. Finally, it would lead me back into a programming environment to get back into work. I am educating myself and getting myself the career I want.
I grew up in Iran. It was a very good country. It is very warm and sunny there. I went to school in Iran until grade six. In those days the Shah was still alive and there was freedom.