JEN: When I was finishing high school, I applied to a child and youth worker (CYW) program - and was denied acceptance. I went into the field of social service worker (SSW) instead. After I graduated, I really didn’t have any idea as to what I wanted to do with my life. SSW is open to many different paths, and I didn’t know which one I wanted to try going down. So I decided to be a nanny for a year. That year turned into nearly 16 years! I worked for a family that was amazing, I can’t say enough wonderful things about them. I never wanted to leave and I don’t think they ever wanted me to leave. As the kids all got older (my own two that came with me daily and lived and played as though they were part of the family) I decided that it was time to reinvent myself. I didn’t want to join a new family since I was sure that I would never find a new family as caring and loving as that one I had been with for all those years. So, I signed up for night school, in the CYW program. I had always known that I wanted to work with kids that had special needs and varying challenges. I found mainstream rule following kids so boring. I was and still am, intrigued by kids who stretch the boundaries and keep you guessing. After almost 4 years juggling night school, a family and a full time nannying job, I had earned a CYW diploma. Not having written a resume in 16 years, it was time to put myself out there. I came across the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) website that said they were hiring, so I took my chances. It was going to be a trial of writing a resume and perhaps practicing the interview, but I knew that I’d never get hired. I was wrong.