Pursuing his dreams
For Paul Schofield, 20, his dream is to one day work at Rogers Arena, the home of the Vancouver Canucks. Paul’s lack of work experience and confidence made this a distant goal.
Despite his challenges (he has minimal use of his left arm and hand), Paul is very resourceful and creative when accomplishing tasks that would take most individuals two hands to complete.
He even has created his own adaptations for his Nintendo Wii controller so he is able to play his NHL Hockey game using only one hand.
Through the Job Development Process, C.B.I’s Employment Specialist assisted Paul in finding employment at Langley Events Centre, home to the Langley Rivermen Junior A Hockey Club.
At the Langley Events Centre, Paul works in Event Services. In his position, he works at various events such as the Continental Cup of Curling, National Lacrosse League, and the Langley Rivermen Junior A Hockey Club games. At these events Paul checks guest’s tickets at the front entrance, assists with the wheel chair access and helps direct guests to their seats.
Paul’s co-worker and supervisors at the Langley Events Centre have embraced Paul in the workplace and have made him a vital part of the team. Paul looks forward to each shift and is often so eager to go to work he is sometimes ready to go hours before his shift starts.
With each passing shift, Paul’s confidence continues to grow as he moves closer to his dream.