A wonderful success story about coming to Canada as a Syrian refugee, written by a WoodGreen client.
My name is Nazo C. I am a 27 years old dynamic young man, I am a General Accountant and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking and Finance.
I was granted the opportunity to come to Canada through the Syrian Refugee Program and this is my success story.
I landed in Canada along with my brother on the evening of December 30, 2015 where I stayed for about a month at my Sponsor’s House in Vaughan which was difficult for me to commute to the city. Therefore, my brother and I moved to North York on February the 1st to start our lives in Canada.
At the end of January 2016, I attended a career fair at The Armenian Community Center where I met Antoinette S. who was representing the ELT program of WoodGreen Community Services. I had a one on one discussion with her for around 15 minutes. She introduced me to the program and replied to my concerns.
In the beginning of February, I started to attend the ELT classes with Roma S. (the instructor), she was well prepared and I benefited a lot from the material and references she used to train us and familiarize us with the Canadian culture and business environment necessities, amongst other things.
Marjeta B. was my Employment consultant, she was more than just an employment consultant, I could go to Marjeta with any issue and she would find a way to resolve it for me or refer me to the right person; Adriana P. worked on polishing my resume and interview skills, she is very professional and prepares you for the real world; and Antoinette S., the program’s job developer, she is highly motivated and experienced recruitment specialist, she referred me to many recruitment agencies, she presented me in front of employers, she worked so hard trying to place me in a job within my field, she could have just matched me with a volunteer position, but she did more, she believed in me and matched me with a job any person in the General Accounting domain would love to have.
I am now working as an Accounting Clerk in Toronto since June 3, 2016 and actively pursuing my CPA Designation, with WoodGreen’s continuous support and coaching, and my hard work I made it this far. And therefore, I consider myself a successful newcomer.
It was not an easy experience, settling in a new country, not knowing whether everything is going to be fine, whether I will find a job that matches with my set of skills and qualifications, but I never gave up, I approached any job opportunity fully prepared, and eventually I made it there.
To my friends who are out there and came recently to Canada, you will conduct interviews, talk to recruiters, network with people, you may get tens of rejections but you only need one acceptance, so DO NOT GIVE UP and you will get there. The way I see it, in Canada, you can be whoever you want to be, there are lots of opportunities out there, you only need to be ready to grasp it when it knocks on your door.
Thank you Canada for getting me here, thank you WoodGreen and ELT Staff for doing the rest.