Kathleen (right) with her placement buddy Keisha.
My name is Kathleen Gill and my hometown is Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. We're very close to the Alberta border. My host community was Salt Spring Island, BC. My work placement was at Barb's Buns, a bakery and bistro. I loved it there because I learned so many hands-on skills. My placement buddy Keisha, the Staff, and my co-workers were really awesome and hilarous. I definitely felt welcomed. For the first 2 weeks I did day shifts, but my boss suggested I do night shifts so that I could learn more. I'd come in usually around 12:30am and work 8 hours. I helped make all kinds of baked goods, including croissants, puff pastry, poppy seed loaf, butter tarts, muffins, date squares, bread, and spanakopita.