Success Stories

Leanne was referred to VIVRS through Canada Pension Plan Disability Vocational Rehabilitation Services. She had been told by her doctors that she would never work full-time again, due to Rapid Cycling Bi-Polar Disorder. For over ten years, she had attempted to go back to school, but had been unable to complete full or part time studies due to the unpredictability…
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When Liam first came to the VIVRS office he was very apprehensive about being involved in an employment program due to the anxiety associated with Asperger syndrome. Liam often felt like an outcast in social situations and had difficulty connecting with new people. His home was a safe, non- judgmental environment for him, one that he did not feel comfortable…
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OS is a young man with Down syndrome. He connected with VIVRS services through the EPBC program because he had limited exposure to employment. In November 2014, OS started participating in Customized Employment at VIVRS. He participated in the Discovery assessment and his employment goals were discussed and explored. Through the process of Discovery It became evident how skilled OS…
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AP is a 50 year old gentleman with mental health issues and a back injury. He registered with EPBC in August of 2012. He has been very adamant that he did not want to be labeled with a disability and wanted a real job without any modifications. He reported that he had been getting employment support from another agency however…
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MA is a young woman with cerebral palsy. She is in a wheelchair and she requires a Care Attendant. MA had limited exposure to employment. She has attended VIU, taking sociology and philosophy course and is currently taking the Applied Business Technology Program online through VIU. In March 2014, MA started participating in Customized Employment at VIVRS. She participated in…
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AM is a 46 year old woman with cognitive and physical challenges including arthritis. She has many craft skills such as costume making, reupholstering, knitting and crocheting in addition to extensive volunteering experience. Over the past 15 years AM’s work experience consisted of delivering newspapers. In March 2014, AM started participating in Customized Employment. The Discovery process allowed VIVRS to…
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