Success Stories

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
In the end, it was a fight about food that finally drove Maria* from her violent, hard-drinking husband. She’d endured five years of physical and mental abuse, but on that final day in her home she couldn’t bear that her husband was...
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Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
When a woman graduates our Building Economic Self Sufficiency (BESS) program, she is equipped with the tools she needs to rebuild, reinvent and transform her life and often, the lives of her children. Just ask Gessell. Gessell – a mother, a...
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Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
“I arrived at Interval House as a young boy in the early 1990’s. As a new, immigrant family, my mother, siblings and I were alone with very little support. Interval House was fundamental to our family establishing a new life in Canada...
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Monday, May 27th, 2013
In Isabelle’s* home country in central Africa, not every girl was able to go to school, much less complete her education and enter the legal profession. So when she began practicing corporate law after her graduation, she didn’t take...
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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Mothers and daughters treasure doing many things together...but escaping abusive partners should never have to be one of them. Yet, tragically, finding a path out of violence can be one of the life events that mothers and daughters share.
Thursday, January 12th, 2012
She might have been born in Botswana, but in many ways, Naledi was you. Like so many other girls, Naledi Marope* grew up dreaming of marrying a handsome, kind, successful young man and having a beautiful family. She knew that married life wouldn...
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Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
“Why would you settle for a job like that with all your education and experience?” At first, Beyhan didn’t know how to answer her son. Yes, she had experience in business management and bookkeeping, and had graduated with an...
Thursday, January 13th, 2011
You have no idea how you helped me with the course I attended last year. I took your advice and your words of encouragement and faced the world. In short, I applied for a job and I got it! I nailed the interview. I was told by the interviewer that I...
Friday, November 19th, 2010
When Alex and Emma* arrived at Interval House several years ago, Rubina Khan, Children's Counsellor Advocate, remembers, they cried and begged to leave. Their mother had been afraid to tell them where they were going and that they weren’t...
Friday, November 19th, 2010
Building a new life can seem like a never-ending set of challenges, but for one beautiful singer, Interval House was in it for the long haul.