WHAT YEAR WERE YOU A CAP TEAM MEMBER?
TELL US ABOUT YOUR CAREER PATH SINCE LEAVING THE CAP TEAM.
After the CAP Team, I worked as an Employment Counsellor for adults with disabilities for about a year. I received my Bachelors Degree in 2014, majoring in Psychology. I now live and work on a cattle ranch in the Cariboo area. I am very fortunate to have also found a position that directly applies to my degree and that is also very flexible around the needs of the ranch.
WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB TITLE?
Case Worker for Victim Services with the RCMP
WHAT WERE YOUR CAREER GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED WITH THE CAP TEAM?
I was really passionate about Street Outreach with transient individuals and really looked up to Ken Salter who, at that time, held a position with ASK Wellness and provided a lot of hands on orientation and training for new CAP Team members.
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EXPERIENCE ON THE CAP TEAM HELPED YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?
The CAP Team provided a job that was very diverse and had a lot of different parts to it. I had to be able to transition between roles and quickly adapt if needed. I had to learn to think quick and be ready for anything. I also feel that this position helped me achieve my goals by valuing the importance of looking neat and tidy; to quote the CAP Team training manual, “you will be treated like a professional when you present yourself as such.”
WHAT WAS THE MOST VALUABLE SKILL LEARNED ON THE JOB?
I learned a lot of skills from Gay Pooler who was the General Manager of the KCBIA while I was on the CAP Team. At the time, I thought she was a little too tough but looking back now, I’m grateful for it. One of the most valuable things I learned was that when you are at work and especially on the CAP Team, you are an actor. As apart of the CAP Team, you are there to sell Downtown Kamloops and make it a great experience. You are not there to be angry or upset or worried about your personal life because that’s not what you are being paid to do and, quite frankly, it’s not your employers problem. I carry this with me today in my position and whenever someone asks me how I am doing during the work day, my answer is always, “I’m excellent, how are you?”
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF THE PROGRAM?
I really enjoyed all the walking and biking (with the exception of biking up First Ave., which I did not ever accomplish). I wish I had a FitBit back then!
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER CURRENT AND FUTURE CAP TEAM MEMBERS?
Purchase a good pair of shoes and don’t forget your radio!
Our CAP Team Program is one of the KCBIA’s key programs. Since starting the program in 2004, we have had over 90 youth participate in the program. We are proud of what our CAP Team Members have achieved and wanted to share their successes and how being a part of such a great program helped them throughout their career. The Where Are They Now Series gives you a chance to catch up with past CAPies and see what they are up to!