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Old Mar 19th 2008, 3:04 am
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Hello All,

I have been reading some of the threads and so many of you have 'got in'. How did you do it? Did you secure jobs and if so what kind of jobs??
I am a montessori teacher and my husband is an arborist. They don't seem to be highly needed skills in Canada............
I am feeling my dream of life on Vancouver Island slipping away from me.......
Does anyone have any suggestions..?

Thanks, minka
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One option would be to start a business or businesses.

A member of the BE forum, who does not post much, once exchanged private messages with me. She and her husband bought a piece of land in one of the Atlantic provinces. They established a B&B and also did some coppicing on their land.

We exchanged messages quite a while ago, maybe a couple of years ago. Anyway, last I heard, their venture was getting along okay.
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Thank you. That is something definitely worth considering. My husband already runs his own successful micro-entreprise here in France.
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Originally Posted by minkoak
Hello All,

I have been reading some of the threads and so many of you have 'got in'. How did you do it? Did you secure jobs and if so what kind of jobs??
I am a montessori teacher and my husband is an arborist. They don't seem to be highly needed skills in Canada............
I am feeling my dream of life on Vancouver Island slipping away from me.......
Does anyone have any suggestions..?

Thanks, minka
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From my research into schooling, Montessori schools are fairly common in Canada, so i should think you could find a job quite easily. Try looking on the WIKI. I have no idea about Arbourists sorry.

Going the PNP or LMO route will get you there quicker, however it can only happen if you have a job offer. Getting PR takes a long time i think currently 5years, so i would suggest re-do your resume Canada style and start applying for jobs and see how you get on, meanwhile keep using this forum, there are lots of people on here who are very willing to help.

We are currently waiting for an LMO for a sales position, the job will be in Calgary (we've been waiting 28 weeks).

Good luck for the future

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Hello,

Welcome

From my research into schooling, Montessori schools are fairly common in Canada, so i should think you could find a job quite easily. Try looking on the WIKI. I have no idea about Arbourists sorry.

Going the PNP or LMO route will get you there quicker, however it can only happen if you have a job offer. Getting PR takes a long time i think currently 5years, so i would suggest re-do your resume Canada style and start applying for jobs and see how you get on, meanwhile keep using this forum, there are lots of people on here who are very willing to help.

We are currently waiting for an LMO for a sales position, the job will be in Calgary (we've been waiting 28 weeks).

Good luck for the future

Tasha
Thank you. I am determined to find a way. Yes, Montessori schools are common in Canada. Another reason for wanting to go - hardly any here in France!! I will look on the WIKI again.
Good luck with Calgary!
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I'm an elementary school teacher in BC and, like the above have said, Montessori schools are common here. I was teaching in Victoria for several years and you can find their local Montessori school here: Selkirk Montessori School. I'm sure you'd be able to get some more information from them. Although Montessori schools are common, there aren't a lot of qualified teachers for them. So, you might have an easier time finding a teaching position in spite of the current "surplus" of teachers in BC.

Another option would be Montessori preschools. It seems like there are several popping up everywhere as working parents are looking for daycares. I'm not sure how the qualifications would work for them.
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I'm an elementary school teacher in BC and, like the above have said, Montessori schools are common here. I was teaching in Victoria for several years and you can find their local Montessori school here: Selkirk Montessori School. I'm sure you'd be able to get some more information from them. Although Montessori schools are common, there aren't a lot of qualified teachers for them. So, you might have an easier time finding a teaching position in spite of the current "surplus" of teachers in BC.

Another option would be Montessori preschools. It seems like there are several popping up everywhere as working parents are looking for daycares. I'm not sure how the qualifications would work for them.
I have just been in touch with a Montessori school in Sooke who have been incredibly helpful. My spirits have lifted again as I see a way to get there...!
Thank you for you advice. I will contact Selkirk Montessori also.
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Originally Posted by minkoak
Hello All,

I have been reading some of the threads and so many of you have 'got in'. How did you do it? Did you secure jobs and if so what kind of jobs??
I am a montessori teacher and my husband is an arborist. They don't seem to be highly needed skills in Canada............
I am feeling my dream of life on Vancouver Island slipping away from me.......
Does anyone have any suggestions..?

Thanks, minka
On the NOC list, 2225 Landscape & Horticulture Technicians & Specialists includes Arborists.
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On the NOC list, 2225 Landscape & Horticulture Technicians & Specialists includes Arborists.
I didn't know that. It bodes well for Mr. Minkoak, since it appears on the list of Occupations under Pressure in BC.

Minka, elementary school teachers also appear on the OUP list for BC. Ordinarily I wouldn't set much store by that, because teaching is a unionized profession, and it takes time to get your foot in the door.

However, Montessori teachers are specialized, so perhaps they are in shorter supply than regular teachers. Besides that, several Montessori schools are private, and private schools tend not to be unionized.

If your training is accredited by Association Montessori Internationale, I would say that would make you even more desirable to a true Montessori school. When I say a true Montessori school, I mean one that is Montessori in more than just name. See Montessori Society of Canada.
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ooh an arborist - my first thought was to suggest you move to West/North Vancouver! Decent arborists are worth their weight in gold (especially in the District of North Vancouver, a tree covered haven!)

Mind you, I am not sure if his qualifications are immediately transferable or if he needs to requalify.

Also, it might be worth your hubby dropping a line to the Parks depts of the local municipalities where you eventually want to live and see if he can get some seasonal (leading to permanent) work.

Good luck!

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To all of you who have replied to this thread, a big thank you!
All the information is much appreciated and I am now 110% back on my mission to move to BC! So excited!!
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