Good Morning Ladies, and Gentleman,
Thank you to Refugee Women's Network for arranging such a brilliant event to honour and celebrate women at the empowering women's summit.
I must say that it is an honour to be invited to speak here tonight and to meet many familiar faces who played a pivotal role in my journey after migrating to Canada in 2016. As a professional school teacher, when I migrated to Canada, I was with full of hopes and dreams that I will able to absorb in this new society with minimal challenges.
The next challenge was to select a relevant area of study, arrange finances, and prepare for getting the admission. I was very fortunate to find Refugee Women's Network, who managed to resolved all the three issues through identifying a program which was relevant to my area of study, which was almost free, and by providing preparation classes at the Learning Lab for a smooth entrance. The preparation classes were very intense and carried out with full of dedication, and professionalism.
With all this training, I was the first one was able to get admission in the Pre-Apprentice Early Childhood Education program at Seneca College which was not only free but also covered the transportation cost for the entire one year from Seneca. I have passed my certificate program successfully and I managed to get a permanent job in a reputed institution in the core downtown where I am working as Early Childhood Assistant..
With this job, I am also studying three days a week in the evening to complete my Diploma in Early Childhood Education after which I will able to grow professionally.
I would formally like to thank you and would just say that these efforts have really paid off for me and now I am a equal contributor for my family for which I am really proud. I would once again like to thank Refugee Women's Network who are really doing great work to conduct the entrance preparatory classes and to help the immigrants and refugees women to be successful in their their path for helping them in achieving their dreams.
You helped Mahjabeen reach her potential! Today she is employed and working towards her ECE Diploma. She is empowered to change her journey.
Help empower women to change the course of their journey.
Your generous gift of $100 will help one refugee woman attend the Learning Lab for one year
Refugee Women's Network is by supported by a committed, dedicated, group of volunteers serving on the Board of Directors.
Their role is to ensure our programs are aligned with our mission and vision of the organization.
We focus our programs on three specific areas to ensure our clients find resettling in their new community seamless and supportive. They include,
Women Helping Women
Education and Training & Development
12,970 were women over the age of 18 have resettled in Ontario in the last 3 years
More than 50% do not have any education and cannot speak English
$100 sends 1 woman to the Learning Lab for 1 year.
Our role at Refugee Women’s Network is to help women through their settlement by providing sustainable skills to enable them to support their families, to advocate for their children and to support aging family members. These are challenges Canadian woman face. We will help assess their language abilities, provide language programs, prepare them for formal education, provide financial support for training and development, and help them become become part of the Canadian fabric as self sufficient contributors culturally, socially, economically and developmentally.
Your support will help us ensure refugee and new immigrant women receive opportunities to upgrade their educational skills which will enable them to find employment and become contributing members of their families.
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