Trade Exploration Profile - Daryl Kiseyinewakeup
Daryl Kiseyinewakup, from Big Island Lake, Saskatchewan, sustained a brain injury when he was an infant. Hearing about the Prince George Brain Injured Group (PG BIG) from a therapist at a healing village in Chilliwack, Daryl joined and has been involved for almost a year.
With Cree as a first language, he made local connection in Prince George quickly. “Working with PG BIG, Daryl now has a deeper understand of his brain, which, in turn, has helped him gain a positive outlook of himself, says Daryl.”
In 2019, Daryl was chosen as one of eight students to participate in a new Trades Exploration Program at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) in Prince George.
The program, which is a first for British Columbia, was developed to help underemployed and unemployed individuals with brain injuries explore trades occupations as a carpenter, automotive service technician, and professional cook as well as gain the skills needed to obtain entry into in those industries.
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) and PG BIG partnered with the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA) and CNC to fund and deliver this innovative 12-week pilot program.
Though Daryl enjoyed learning carpentry, his favorite trade has been Automotive Technician. In particular, he has found a knack for tire change overs and really enjoys using the tire machine.
“The instructors have been really supportive, and my resume now has references from the automotive instructors at CNC,” Daryl said. “I have confidence in my abilities helping me see past barriers that I had placed on myself.”
He now sees new possibilities for his future and is working on healing, getting stronger, and moving forward. After completing the program, he wants to look for a job in a tire shop.
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