Public School Division
When writing a job description for a new listing, some companies can be a little vague. When Neru Franc received a job posting via email for the Dream Brokers program in June 2016, she had all the information she needed about a new and fulfilling career.
“The job description outlined the many attributes a Dream Broker needed to possess and I hold many of those attributes dear to my heart,” Franc said. “I wanted to continue to make a difference in children’s lives and help them explore the many opportunities available. Becoming a Dream Broker was a perfect way for me to do that.”
Franc started her Dream Broker career that August. As a Dream Broker, she works closely with school staff, service providers and students to connect them with quality programming around the city. She said her days are busy with phone calls, emails, texts and visits from parent/guardians, students and service providers. She also works with community partners to help broaden the programming available to youth in Prince Albert.
“A strong relationship with the service provider delivering the programming is very important to ensure the children feel comfortable in programs that are suitable, and that children are always provided with fitted equipment or uniforms needed for their activities. Parent teacher interviews and registration days are great opportunities to meet with most families,” Franc said.
Franc has helped initiate several successful programs during her time as a Dream Broker. She has organized a babysitting course in which students received the skills to obtain employment and certification on their resumes, as well as yoga classes and rugby lessons.
To commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary, Franc operated a quilting program. Quilts made by students were sent to Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada.
“None of the students knew the first thing about quilting but they loved it,” she said. “Every day they would ask if they could stay after school and work on their quilts. Their smiles were so big and they were so confident when they worked that it just filled my heart. They were so excited to donate the beautiful quilts to the Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada, and were so content with their progress; they wanted the program to run all year.”
As Franc explains, positive highlights like this are common on the job.
“There are some students who take it upon themselves to call or text me about programming. These students really want and need positive outcomes in their lives and they are willing to take the first step and contact me. I admire that,” she said. “I had a student age out from the Dream Broker program last year. That student still stops by my office to find out which programs are currently running and borrows donated goalie equipment to play hockey with his family over Christmas. I am overjoyed that he is comfortable asking to borrow the equipment.”
She added that parents continue to send in pictures as a thank you for providing support. She has pictures from summer camp and tournaments, and has witnessed tears when children join activities for the first time.
Franc explains that being a Dream Broker has opened her eyes to new cultures and families values: