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.

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.

Raphael

Raphael

Raphael M. was one of our refugee panelists for Our Story, the World Refugee Day Event. In celebration of and solidarity with Pride Month, we asked Raphael a few questions about his story, his experience coming to Canada, and his new business. Q: Can you tell us a bit about your experience in...