Humans of Skills for Change – Nicole

Nicole is the Human Resources Assistant at Skills for Change. She came to Canada recently from Antigua, a Caribbean Island in the West Indies. Nicole describes her native home as “a tropical island where the weather is beautiful and the people are relaxed”. According to Nicole, the biggest difference between Toronto and Antigua is the “hustle and bustle” of the city life – something she is now growing more accustomed to. In Antigua, Nicole worked…

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Humans of Skills for Change – Lynda

Lynda is an Intake Counselor for the ELT Program at Skills for Change. She has an impressive education, including a doctorate degree from l’Université de Montréal. Lynda was born in Toronto, and when she was only a year old, she moved with her family to a farmhouse in the countryside north of Belleville. Out in the rural Ontario countryside, she attended one of the very last historic two-room schoolhouses in Canada. Lynda has a long…

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Humans of Skills for Change – Tania

Tania is the receptionist and much-loved first face of Skills for Change. While she may have been Canadian born, she also spent a lot of her childhood growing up in Antigua, a small island in the Caribbean. Before shes even asked to describe it, Tanias smile brightens as she begins to paint us a picture of her second home. Its so beautiful there, Tania says, its a small island and everyoneknows each other. Its tropical…

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Humans of Skills for Change – Barbara

Barbara is an Employment Counsellor at the Skills for Change Employment Ontario West office. She was born in Lisbon, Portugal and arrived in Canada on Mother’s Day when she was one-year-old. She has been able to travel back and forth between Toronto and Lisbon every year while growing up. “Sometimes it feels like I am in a limbo. When I am in Canada, people point out my accent ­- and when I am back home,…

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Humans of Skills for Change – Carlos

Carlos is a Sales and Service Assistant at Skills for Change. Carlos was born in Venezuela and arrived in Canada earlier this year in March. When asked about what he likes about Canada, Carlos leans in and says, “To be honest with you, I love maple… donuts, cookies and obviously maple syrup.” Before working at Skills for Change, Carlos worked as a Corporate Manager of a small franchise of urban grocery store in Venezuela. He…

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