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Initially joining Furniture Bank as an employment participant, Melanie now has a full time job as a Workshop Associate

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A member of the Pinaymootang First Nation, Melanie was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but has spent most of her life in Toronto.

She explored the possibility of pursuing academics, but realized that she was a more hands-on person. She sampled through the trades to get a more tactile learning experience, and settled on carpentry as a career path.

Melanie took up the opportunity to participate in our Leg Up Skills Training & Employment Program.
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Through YOUR generous donations, Furniture Bank is able to offer work placements and full time roles to youth, newcomers and others facing barriers to employment.

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Right from the start Melanie became completely engaged with the hands on experience, loving every minute of working in the workshop. It wasn’t long before she realized that the skills she was acquiring would improve her overall quality of life, in terms of earning a living wage and becoming self sufficient.

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Since completing the program, Melanie has joined Furniture Bank as a full time Workshop Associate. She uses the skills she’s learned to take on a leadership role refinishing furniture and training new Leg Up participants and volunteers.

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As for the future, Melanie is confident that her experience at Furniture Bank would help her gain an apprenticeship with a qualified carpenter and obtain her Red Seal certification. And eventually run her own business.

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Supporter, YOU are helping Melanie pursue her dream of becoming a qualified carpenter! And for that, we say ‘THANK YOU’

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Thanks to donors like you, Furniture Bank has helped over 200 individuals facing barriers to employment find fulfilling work.

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But there is still a long way to go….

YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT WILL play a transformational role in the lives of youth like Melanie and others facing barriers to employment. We can’t do it without YOU.

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