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.

Walaa

Walaa

Walaa, a recent arrival from Syria, shares how she transformed her resettlement experience from an ordeal to an opportunity in Canada. This is her story;

Lamis

Lamis

Lamis, a new arrival from Syria, shares her story of journeying to Canada with her family through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) and the challenges that come with work and personal life in unfamiliar territory. This is her story;

Ardit

Ardit

Arriving in Canada, Ardit hoped to get a job in finance, but quickly found himself shifting to a new career and starting his own business. This is his story. 

Ron

Ron

Ron, a recent arrival from Indonesia, shares his journey of seeking asylum in Canada and finding a meaningful employment. This is his story! 

Fairuz

Fairuz

Fairuz, a newly arrived refugee from Afghanistan, lost hope and the life she has built for herself and her family when she was forced to leave her home country. Yet, she quickly found strength not only to rebuild her life, but to also support fellow Afghan activists through her new job at a Canadian organization.

Fadi

Fadi

Fadi arrived in Canada as a refugee, right before a global pandemic hit. He struggled at first, but then found his way. This is his story; 

Sameera Mursal Alimi

Sameera Mursal Alimi

Sameera Mursal Alimi, a recent arrival from Afghanistan, shares her journey escaping Taliban’s takeover of the country and finding meaningful employment in Canada. This is her story!

Mai

Mai

Mai arrived to Canada as a refugee with her family, leaving her life in Sudan including her career. She applied to our Welcome Talent Canada program, and was paired with a mentor who supported her secure a job she wants. This is her story!

Yasmine

Yasmine

Yasmine saw her move to Canada as an opportunity to transform her career, and decided to pursue one that was meaningful and spoke to her. Here is her story.

Mentorship: The Story of Reem and Golam

Mentorship: The Story of Reem and Golam

Reem is a recently settled refugee from the Middle East. Golam is a seasoned professional in the banking industry. They recently became mentee and mentor in the Greater Toronto area.  We asked them both about their experiences and mentorship. This is their story!