Click on any of the stories below to find out how EMBERS has changed the lives of Vancouver residents.
RabbitRabbit, a quirky line of greeting cards byentrepreneur Audra Ann Ricketts allows the Emily Carr graduate to support herself creatively, something few artists achieve. Her greetings make you laugh out loud or do a double-take. Business is booming.
“I was on social assistance, a newcomer to Canada, recently divorced with two children and disillusioned with my career as an architect. I had zero in my bank account when I came to EMBERS,” says Lovena Galyide as she outlines her remarkable career transformation thanks to support from EMBERS.
When Hinda Abdillahi made food for her friends, they raved about it and encouraged her to start her own culinary business. But Abdillahi, a chef who emigrated from East Africa to Canada in 1990 with a baby son, didn’t know where to start. She had no connections, no capital and no clue about legal requirements.
It was a rough two years for Tom Porcina after he was fired from his union job as a gas pump repairman for P.D. Maclaren Ltd. for using crack cocaine at work. He wound up collecting bottles to feed his addiction. His return to respectability as a business founder and owner took six years but would likely never have been possible without Vancouver's Eastside Movement for Business and Economic Renewal Society (EMBERS).
When people walk, cycle, push their wheelchair or jog down the sidewalk in Vancouver, they don't trip over broken sidewalks. That's thanks to the work by people like Terrance Sim, who works for the City adding fillets - asphalt used to level off cracks or heaved cement - to the sidewalks.