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 in the banking industry for a number of years specializing in customer service. “It opened up my mind to a lot of things,” she says. ” When you’re dealing with people, you realize that we are all customers and that we all deserve to be treated with respect.”
After going back to school for Human Resources Management in Toronto, Nicole discovered Skills for Change through the organization’s annual Diversity at Work Conference. “I liked what I heard. I really enjoyed my experience there. And when the time came around, I started my school placement at Skills for Change because I really believed in the work and the mission.”
When asked what it is she liked about working at Skills for Change, Nicole responded, “We care. We care for people by ensuring that each person feels welcomed, supported and at home here in Canada. Being an immigrant myself, this approach really speaks to me.”
Outside of work, Nicole is a health enthusiast and enjoys anything to do with health and nature. She is also a spiritual person and goes to a Protestant church on Saturdays. One of the things that Nicole loves about going to the church is being reminded of the message that some values should not change in a world that’s ever-changing – values such as honesty, integrity and being kind-hearted.”
She said before pausing, “The bottom line is love. It is all about love.”
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Humans of Skills for Change is a series highlighting the driving force and inspiration behind our organization: OUR PEOPLE.