I start a new job on Monday, and I’m really looking forward to it. After years of working as an employment counsellor/job developer, I have helped literally thousands of people land positions where they earn more money than me.

Something happened last Monday. The tables had turned. I was offered and accepted a position at Fraser Health that pays more than I’ve ever made. It even pays more than what my clients get.

I will be finding jobs for people with mental health disabilities.

Unlike other positions, I know exactly how I’m going to screw it up.

I don’t have a Social Insurance Card, and I have neither had nor needed one for at least 40 years.

In Canada, everyone is issued a Social Insurance Number, or SIN. It comes with a little white business card that is notoriously easy to break into three pieces.

But the number is easy to remember, so I did. Then I placed the card in my wallet, sat on it, and fractured it into three pieces. The next time I got a job, I simply wrote my number on my application card. I haven’t needed it since.

I think I was working as a longshoreman in Vancouver when it, and the rest of my wallet, was shipped to Australia along with a shipment of military vehicles destined for the Middle East via Australia in an attempt to cover up laws prohibiting such exports.

The card, besides being split into three pieces, has no scientific or technical features. All it has is my name, a 9-didget number, and and eleven pointed maple leaf.

In American one can go to jail for disrespecting the flag. In Canada, you can use the flag with the 11-point maple leaf to clean your windshield, but woe betide anyone who loses their SIN card.

I could apply for another one, but that will take weeks and cost 10 bucks, In fact, I went so far as to download and print the form so I can apply at lunch hour on Monday- provided the let me stay there until lunch. I think I have $10.

Too bad it isn’t the year 2014 yet. Meegan Fitzpatrick of the Canadian Broadcorping Castration reported that the cards will be phased out in 2014. ( She cites Human Resources and Skill Development Minister Diane Finlay
“”It costs an awful lot to produce. People still will be getting a social insurance number, they just won’t be getting the card,” Human Resources Minister Diane Finley said Tuesday in an interview with Evan Solomon on CBC’s Power & Politics. “One of the things we found was it’s a piece that’s used frequently for identity theft.”

“You won’t have to worry about losing your card anymore,” said Finley.”

Mike Broderick will hopefully be a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he will people with mental health disabilities and substance abuse issues find and keep full or part time employment – IF THEY LET HIM STAY.

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC, and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there “aint no fish.”

He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at or at 604-464-4105
If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates .
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5 Responses to “HOW I’M GOING TO SCREW IT UP”

  1. energywriter Says:

    Congratulations! Wing it. Just tell the story and the company will probably give you time to obtain a replacement card.
    For many years I’ve had to provide my SS card and driver license for each employer to photocopy and keep in their files. Ours is make out of business card stock. We’re told not to carry it on our person. Mine is in my house safe and only brought out for special occasions, like a new job. Doctor’s offices photocopy my Medicare card with my SS# on it. So why keep it locked up? Good question. mmm, maybe a blog here.

  2. Chad Leaman (@chadleaman) Says:

    Glad to hear Mikey is back in the game!

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