Rose's Story

When Rose came through the doors at Mackie’s Place, her shyness compelled her to cover her captivating smile with her hands. Lucky for us, there was no way of hiding her warmth! Rose began training as a Barista in our coffee shop, learning all the practicalities of making quality beverages, specialty hot drinks, taking food orders, cleaning and maintaining the machinery and coffee shop.


At just 15 years old, she developed so quickly that she began training other young Baristas at Mackie's Place. This month, she turned 16 and she is ready to secure a job outside of the hub! She has updated her resume and is now experienced, skilled and so confident. After identifying and reviewing with her, her strengths, areas in need of strengthening, and strategies for doing just that, she was ready for her “practice interview”. With the assistance of one of our volunteers, Darlene, a mock interview was set up with her via Zoom.  


Rose was outstanding! Darlene loved interviewing her. She could tell it was her first interview as Rose's responses were still slightly mechanical... until she was asked why she wanted to be a Barista. Then she came alive!


Rose is prepared and we are confident that she will be hired in no time! So, if you find yourself in a North Surrey coffee shop having an amazing cup of coffee, take a look at the Barista... Perhaps you’ve just met an amazing young woman named Rose!

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Why do you support Mackie's Place?



Founders, Ashton Service Group

"Bobbie Mackie, Sylvia Shury, and their amazing team at Mackie's Place have not only built a supportive, caring community that acts as an extended family for youth but they have created an environment that encourages young people to 'DREAM BIG' and believe in themselves. The youth at Mackie's Place are provided with an opportunity to learn valuable employment skills that build their self-confidence and are a great stepping stone to employment opportunities. A program like no other that my wife Julie and I at Ashton Service Group are proud to support" 


Former Dean of Education, Trinity Western University

"As a former teacher and teacher educator, I am very aware of how difficult and necessary it is to support young people beyond school. I believe Mackie’s Place beautifully bridges the crucial gap between home and school, and brings together educational and social work understandings to do what is most important for vulnerable young people – provide hope! Their emphasis on supporting and equipping young people within a caring, creative, challenging and mentoring context is making a significant difference in the lives of many young people."

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