I first came across the Bridge Watch Rating Enhanced (BWR-E) Program
while browsing ship-related content on YouTube. At the time, I had been working at the port for nearly a year and was eager to learn more about what it would be like to work on the cruise and commercial ships that frequented the port instead of just near them. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a video that advertised the BWR-E Program and showcased the opportunities it could open up once completed. It was almost serendipitous because I had just found out that I couldn't afford to attend the BWR Program on Prince Edward Island due to the costs, which led me to withdraw from it.
During this challenging time, I reached out to BCIT's Marine department and connected with Debbie Power, who serves as a recruiting contact for the program. Not expecting them to accept and fully fund students from out of province, I was pleasantly surprised when Debbie called me and offered me a last-minute spot in the program. It was a turning point that set me on the path to where I am today.