Volunteering increases skills for employment

Volunteering offers numerous long-term benefits, including practical work experience, professional references, networking opportunities and valuable community contributions. Ofelia Ramirez has discovered this firsthand, as someone who has used volunteering to improve her situation and increase her opportunities. Recently appointed to the position of fill-in Administrative Assistant for the Immigrant Women’s Centre, Ramirez now speaks of… Continue reading Volunteering increases skills for employment

Mural artist in a new country

  Eddyth Gaviria was always artistic, but until she visited a dental office for her son’s appointment, she never considered making a career of her abilities. “[…] I saw the murals in the office,” explained Gaviria, “and I [thought] ‘I want to do that.’” First trained as an artist and a publicist in The Art… Continue reading Mural artist in a new country

Immigrant Spotlight: Ponsiree

Meet Ponsiree Sae Lim, a 38-year-old single mother who was born in Thailand and is determined to be an independent woman here in Hamilton. Before coming to Canada in 2004, she managed her own hair salon. She arrived as a visitor with her former partner, a Canadian teacher. They lived together and had a son,… Continue reading Immigrant Spotlight: Ponsiree