With her diploma from George Brown College in Business Human Resources, Judy Berroa (right in photo) is confident in her future. “I’m a very energetic person. I have the motivation to keep on going and conquer things.”
Loss of income is at the core of poverty and homelessness. Fred Victor Ontario Works Training Programs support people in making personal and professional change that lead to more financially sustainable futures.
Working since the age of 19, Judy helped to support her mother and sister, and then her own children. She lost her job when she returned from pregnancy leave, the company finding her “unsuitable” any longer. “I remember I cried. I thought after all these years, this where I stand? I felt awful.”
In 2012, she met Claudeth Evans, the Ontario Works (OW) Trainer at Fred Victor Employment and Training. Seeing how strong, willing and determined Claudeth was, I thought, I can be that way, too. This life experience I have has to serve me some purpose.”
Reflecting back on what she has overcome to improve her life, she says, “It is an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world. I am stronger for it.” And her eyes gleam when she talks about the Master of Business Administration program at York University. It’s free after you turn 50!