Kevin Whiting’s Story
Kevin Whiting left London, England to take a chance on Canada and entered as a permanent resident in 2005.
“I have always been a firm believer that you only regret the things you didn’t do. If I didn’t try it, I would never have known if it wouldn’t have worked or not.“
Like many if not most newcomers, Kevin’s biggest concern was finding work. It didn’t turn out to be much of a problem. Within 4 days he had received his social insurance number, and as soon as he had that number he was ready to visit local manufacturing plants and agencies. He had a job within about 2 hours.
“It’s boom time here. Within the next 5 to 10 years we’re looking at 50 percent of the population retiring.”
Needless to say, life in Woodstock, Ontario is quite different from London.
“In London there’s a population of 15 million. You are a very small fish in a massive ocean. Here it is the other way around. There are things you can do to get noticed, to be active in the community, to be a part of Oxford County to and really make a difference. It is a great community.”
Today Kevin is a production manager in a local factory, a professional photographer and photographic artist. He is a part-time student at the University of Western Ontario completing a social science degree that his company is actually paying the tuition for.
“If you are willing to put in the effort, the rewards are fantastic. If you want to further your education, this is the place to be.”
Since arriving in Oxford County Kevin’s many new experiences have included learning how to ice skate (badly, he says) and drive in snow. When asked what he likes best about Oxford, he is split between the people, opportunities, and the weather with its four distinct seasons.
“The community accepted me. I was welcomed. In Oxford County we like new people. I’ve always felt welcomed right from day one. “