Opportunity, experience, and network-building through volunteer work.
Haimanot is an Employment Counsellor at Skills for Change. Haimanot is married and has a beautiful 3-year-old daughter. She was born in Ethiopia and moved to Canada when she was 25 years old. She still misses the close-knit and intimate community of her home Country.
Before working in the nonprofit sector, Haimanot worked as a nurse.
“It was a blessing. I really enjoyed being a nurse. But when I came to Canada, I realised that I wanted to help youth, so switched my career.”
Helping others is Haimanot’s passion. It’s how she found herself connected with Skills for Change.
“Skills for Change is a place where you can find opportunity. I like new challenges. Because I’ve always tried my best, I’ve been welcomed with new opportunities here.”
Haimanot came to Skills for Change as a client and enrolled in a English Language class. Two years later, Haimanot came back to Skills for Change to complete her Social Service Worker placement and was offered a short-term Receptionist role which led to full-time opportunity. Over the years, she has continued to hold multiple positions at Skills for Change including working as a Information & Referral Counsellor, Settlement Counsellor and Mentoring Program Administrator & Coach. She is currently serving as an Employment Counselor at the Skills for Change’s Employment Ontario Stockyard West office where she helps newcomers and immigrants become job ready.