In 2016, Nadya arrived to Canada holding on to all the memories she had as a teacher, yet worried about the students she left behind. She was determined to continue doing what she loves the most. Shortly after her arrival, she learned that the education system in Canada was a lot different than back home,… Continue reading A Mentor’s Journey
Refugee Rights Day happens on April 4 each year in Canada. It is the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to recognize the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protection of refugees’ fundamental rights in our country.
Supporters from the Immigrants Working Centre community joined together to share messages in honour of refugees for the day. Here are their messages.
When Abdel Kafi Al Rahmoun first walked into Vivyan Salih’s office at Immigrants Working Centre with tears in his eyes, she knew something was wrong. His family had been separated from their 19-year-old son on their way to Canada.
Restaurant owner. Electrician. Welder. Cook. Plumber. Carpenter. These are the titles newcomers in the Immigrants Working Centre’s new five-week WorkLINC program carry with them, many who came to Canada as refugees from Syria just months ago.
“All immigrants are artists because they create a life, a future, from nothing but a dream. The immigrant’s life is art in its purest form.” – Patricia Engel, Colombian American novelist.
Growing up as a child of first-generation immigrants, I bore witness to artists who dreamt, imagined and created.
Amina recounts to me an “ah-ha” moment after our first conversation at Hamilton’s Makers Market. Not thinking of herself in those terms, in her mind, immigrant entrepreneurs are immigrants running businesses that specifically cater to the needs of other immigrant individuals like themselves.