Matthew participated in the 2009-2010 Intersections workshop at the age of 21. Before joining Intersections, Matthew was on provincial income assistance. Having left home at the age of 15, Matthew never had the opportunity to finish high school and regrets missing out on courses like drama and music. Intersections gave him a second chance to pursue his artistic passions in a structured learning environment.
Matthew’s keen attitude, creativity and sharp fashion sense recently landed him a position working in the wardrobe department of the feature film “Treasure Buddies”. During the internship he realized that the extreme length of days and commute time of “on-set” work was not for him; however, he is now working at a North Vancouver restaurant, which leaves him time to pursue his own music and video projects.
As a result of the program, Matthew is no longer receiving income assistance. He says that he is most proud of showing up to Intersections everyday and feels it has helped him realize the importance of being “socially adjusted.”