Humans of Skills for Change – Maria

    Maria is currently a client at Skills for Change. In October 2018, she enrolled in the Skills for Change’s Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) course to improve her English language skills. She’s a newcomer who was born in Venezuela and arrived in Canada two years ago with her husband and her four-year-old son. Maria discovered Skills for Change after going to a gym in the neighbourhood. By happenstance, she was also…

Humans of Skills for Change – Narges

Today is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. To commemorate the day and the female victims of violence, Skills for Change commits to supporting women to join the movement in eliminating forms of violence against women and girls. The history of our Agency has a strong grounding in providing support to women. Skills for Change started 36 years ago as an office training agency for a group of women from…

Humans of Skills for Change – Ana Laura

Ana Laura is a current client with Skills for Change and is enrolled in the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program levels 6 and 7. She was born in Brazil, close to the capital city of Brasilia, and arrived in Canada in 2010. Before arriving in Toronto, she studied law and worked at a major labour union. Upon arrival, she only knew one person in Canada but since then, she has made countless friends,…

Humans of Skills for Change – Kate

Kateryna (also known as Kate) is a Marketing and Events Assistant at Skills for Change. Kateryna is a newcomer who moved to Canada from Ukraine three years ago. She began her relationship with Skills for Change as a client by participating in our mentoring program back in March. By June, she joined our marketing team and is now an integral member of our organization. Kateryna lives with her husband Ivan, her six-year-old son Peter, and…

Orpah is a Programs Specialist for the Health Informatics program at Skills for Change. She was born and raised in Kenya and moved to Canada in 2017. Some of Orpah’s favourite things about her home country are “The People. The Food and The Vibe.” “I love the energy that Kenyans carry with them. It is hard to describe. It is a feeling!” Orpah has some surprising revelations about her professional past. “Not a lot of…