The stories shared by our refugee panelists during our World Refugee Day 2020 Event have inspired us to launch a new Jumpstart initiative. Our Story provides refugees with an opportunity to speak in their own voice and feature their stories of perseverance, tribulation, and triumph.

Nathanael

Nathanael

Nathanael overcame major challenges to be where he is today. This is his story!  

Tarek

Tarek

When Tarek arrived in Canada, he felt rejuvenated by a fresh new start.

Majd

Majd

Majd left everything behind and started a new career in Canada. This is his story! 

Tahmina

Tahmina

Tahmina is a photographer from Afghanistan. This is her story!

Massihullah

Massihullah

Having recently arrived in Canada, Massihullah, a beneficiary of Jumpstart’s WES gateway program, shared with us the highlights of his experiences, challenges and growth in his new home. This is his story!

Martina

Martina

Martina utilized Jumpstart’s mentorship and Refugee Talent Hub program. Arriving in Canada with her children and with hopes for a fresh start, she describes some of her experiences in an interview with us. This is her story!

Samar

Samar

Samar is a beneficiary of Jumpstart’s mentorship and Refugee Talent Hub program. Having arrived  in  Canada, Samar left her entire life in Sudan behind, including her career. She  was searching for opportunities to  network when she was introduced to  Welcome Talent Canada mentorship program, through a friend. We  sat down for an interview with Samar.  This is her story!

Moni

Moni

Moni is a refugee and Jumpstart mentee who overcame immense personal and professional challenges to jumpstart her life and career 3 different times in 3 different countries; Syria, Lebanon and Canada. From a low-income refugee to a financial coach in Canada, this is her story!

Almila

Almila

Almila is a recently settled refugee from Turkey. Upon arrival in Toronto, Almila was searching for opportunities to gain professional guidance, and she found the Welcome Talent Canada mentorship program. We asked her about her experience coming to Canada and with mentorship.

Giovanna and Laila

Giovanna and Laila

Laila is recently settled refugee of Palestinian origin. Giovanna is Vice-Principal at St. Margaret School in Calgary, Alberta. They recently became mentor and mentee and a new friendship blossomed. We asked them both about their mentorship experience and what their first meeting was like.