Before getting too far into my ‘abroad’ experiences, I thought it would be best to talk about more about who I am and what my background is about. I not only feel it is important for a large basis of what I have planned for this website but also provides a bit of context as well as laughable irony to my story.
The Town of Barrie
The city of Barrie is a beautiful location. It’s further north than places like Toronto and away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Southern Ontario. But it’s perfectly not too far and by no means isolated. It’s only a few hours north (not like taking an 18 hour drive to Thunder Bay). There’s so much beauty and culture there from the Georgian Theatre to the beautiful Lake Simcoe that encompasses a gorgeous downtown to the city.
Interestingly enough, there’s no university in Barrie, Ontario! That being said it didn’t stop me from pursuing post secondary education there. “College?” you might be thinking, not exactly. I was enrolled in the Canadian Securities Institute’s PFP program to become a Professional Financial Planner, which would allow me to help residents through a local bank branch plan their financial futures in detail. The course material itself is very simply laid out and reads easily. The challenge however is come exam time, they ask very, very specific questions about just about anything you might have laid eyes on in the book, whether it was a minute detail or big piece of the puzzle. The other issue is staying on top of it on your own. I wasn’t working at a bank at the time and therefore had no guidance or support from my peers. It was all self taught and the discipline required some days was definitely a challenge. The little tough of irony I might ad (as mentioned above) was my pursuit of a bankruptcy Barrie trustee, despite my extensive financial background. My abroad opportunity put me in some serious financial hardships.
If it wasn’t for this map of all the great trustees around, I never would have found my way. I actually saw it on a bus stop window if you can believe it or not. Here was the map of my options:
The firm I ended up working with was:
Hoyes, Michalos & Associates Inc.
140 Dunlop Street East, Suite 205, Barrie, Ontario
I would strongly recommend getting out and sitting down with one of the Trustees at Hoyes Michalos, they definitely know their stuff!