Adela Brezai – Bookkeeping Certificate, 2010

After I immigrated to Canada, I secured an office administration job. Because it was a smaller office, I had a variety of different duties, but the tasks I enjoyed most were always accounting-related. Accounts payable and receivable, payroll, maintaining a ledger; it sounds odd but I’m very organized and methodical so working with numbers and records was very enjoyable.

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After I realized I would need a formal education in order to secure a bookkeeping position, I enrolled in Ashton’s Bookkeeping Certificate program. I liked that the program was shorter than others I looked into. I didn’t want to spend too much time out of the workforce. At the same time, I saw that the program would cover all the topics I needed to be familiar with, and the small class sizes assured me I would receive support and individual attention from the instructors.

“I liked that the program was shorter than others I looked into. I didn’t want to spend too much time out of the workforce.”

I completed the program in June 2010, and after obtaining membership with the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada, began working as a freelance contractor, assisting organizations with payroll, bill collection, and setting up and troubleshooting QuickBooks accounting software. Eventually me and my husband Adrian decided it was time to realize our dream of becoming business owners, and founded our own consulting firm, Aaroca Systems Inc., offering bookkeeping and information technology consulting services to businesses small and large.

Ashton made me more confident in my skills and abilities, and it’s because of that confidence that I was able to land consulting jobs and establish my own company.