By Andree Toonk | June 10, 2007
I’m happy to announce that I will be moving to Vancouver in September of this year! Last week I told my employer that I will quit my job end of August and yesterday I told my landlord! I am very excited about this and can imagine you might have some questions, so I thought it would be best to treat the rest of this post in an FAQ style fashion.
Why are you leaving?
The main reason: I want to be with my girlfriend! and the fact that I want to experience living and working outside of The Netherlands.
I met Gleyse (my girlfriend) in November 2005 in Vancouver, and since then we are together. Although there’s quite a big distance between us, around 7750 kilometers or 9 time zones, we were able to meet around every three months on average, and had a great time together! Now after more then one and a half year we are going to take this one step further!
Do you currently have a visa?
I have applied for a skilled workers visa, but I’m currently still waiting for that to be approved. That will take approximately one more year. In the mean time I can use my working holiday program visa, which will allow me to stay and work in Canada for one year. However I hope to be able to apply for a work permit also.
Do you already have a job?
No, I do not yet have a job in Vancouver. I am looking for a job right now and if you can help me please let me know. Also see my resume at http://www.toonk.nl/cv.php
When are you leaving?
My plan is to go to Vancouver in the first week of September. I hope to have found a job by then. But if I do not have a job in September I will go there anyway, and continue my search over there.
How do you feel about leaving?
It feels great! I knew for a long time that I wanted to go to Vancouver, but because of circumstances I was not able to go there earlier. Now that things have changed I am looking very much forward to go! It was difficult for me to quite my current job, because I have a great job and a great employer! But this is something I really want to do! One thing is for sure, I will miss all of you!