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 have been there longer become mentors and proof of success for the students in the early stages.
The Transition
“Patience. I’ve developed a lot of patience here. I was quick to anger and I was really selfish,” Jay shares with humility. He has learned the tools to not over-react emotionally. “Having real friends is amazing! These aren’t the drinking buddies I had before. It’s life changing – people care about you.” When ready, Jay began working at the farm. “Coming to work at the farm has been great!” With his self-confidence back, he couldn’t wait to support the trades people building the facility. Marc approached Ryan de Lange of J&D Farmers Dairy Service to ask if he would allow Jay to work with his guys as they fabricated all the gates, fences and other steel work in the new barns. “Jay worked alongside Roger for 10 months and he was pleased with him, so we signed off on those welding hours towards his apprenticeship,” Ryan shares. Jay gained a sense of purpose and self-worth - he was contributing to something big and meaningful. Brad Bennik shares that Jay has grown so much, that he has become Lead Farm Hand, saying, “He’s great communicating with the others and is a good leader.”
Where to Next?
“The single most important lesson I have learned here is, it’s not about me,” Jay acknowledges.
Jay will graduate from JVA in March 2022 and plans to head back to Alberta to clean up some loose ends from his past. There’s a remarkable maturity and perspective in his words as he describes that he is ready to face the challenges and do what must be done to sort them out. “I have the self-confidence now to finish my Red Seal B Pressure ticket – I really like the creativity in welding fabrication,” Jay conveys with a spark.
Besides maintaining the friendships he has built at JVA, Jay hopes he may be able to repair some of his past relationships in time. We wish him every success in his future!
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