Back home is a small farming town in rural Colombia where the main industries are harvesting coffee and sugar cane, and the average wage is about $300/month. Ten years ago, Erick left most of his family behind when he moved to the US to join his father. He began high school in Seattle before he had a chance to learn any English – an experience he admits wasn’t easy. But Erick is a quick learner, and by the time the family moved to Vancouver in 2017, he was a high school graduate fluent in English and ready to start his first job at a cleaning company.
Erick progressed up the ranks to become a cleaner supervisor and was then hired as a building manager at Vancouver Native Housing. Two years later, with the help of a recruiter, Austeville found him. But getting hired wasn’t a slam dunk – Erick had four interviews before he landed the Assistant Building Manager job. “The last one was with the CEO because he wants to meet every new employee,” says Erick, a move that surprised and impressed him at the time.
“I’ve come to learn that Austeville is a great company that really cares about their tenants and their buildings. It makes me happy to be working for a company that doesn’t second guess before quality and the priority of the people. Some of the residents have been here for 40 years, and I know why. It’s difficult to find people to listen to you and Austeville listens.”