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After spending 7 years in Grand Valley Institution for Women,  Melissa spent time in a halfway house, where she was connected to Building Up. There, she quickly found her place, both excelling in the trades and finding a passion for community outreach. Melissa graduated from the Building Up program in 2020, and is now a finish carpenter apprentice for Local 27 and a Peer Support Worker. You can find her at panels and conferences talking about the value...
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Tell me about yourself! Yeah, absolutely. My background is in Shiatsu therapy and Eastern medicine. I have been a Shiatsu therapist, wellness practitioner, and mindfulness practitioner for almost 20 years. Within those 20 years, integrated a lot of trauma-informed pieces of training and community work. I’ve also been a community worker, youth justice worker, community justice worker for about the same length of time. That’s where a lot of my work is anchored when it comes into Building...
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After working for 10 years in the financial industry, Marisa returned to school and gained accreditation as a Teacher of English as a Second Language. As a daughter of two immigrants, Marisa has always had a love for teaching and learning and a desire to help new immigrants. Marisa has been an Adult Education Teacher for many years, most recently with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Marisa enjoys teaching “Math for the Trades” to the Building Up...
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Welcome to our new Q&A series, where we interview staff, trainees, and community partners for a deeper look into Building Up’s journey. This week, we interviewed Pamela. Pamela entered the program after being incarcerated, and despite many obstacles, Pamela completed the program in the June 2020. She recently entered the Toronto Carpenters Union Local 27, and is excited to begin working.
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Welcome to our new Q&A series, where we interview staff, trainees, and community partners for a deeper look into Building Up’s journey. This week, we interviewed Alodia, a trainee currently completing Building Up’s pre-apprenticeship program..
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