We Bring Strength

Diversity brings strength, resilience and hope in the Tri-Cities communities. We are proud to call the Tri-Cities our home. Read the following Refugee Success Stories to understand how refugees bring resilience to our communities.

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Vesal Amini: I BRING DETERMINATION

“Canada has provided me with a safe and secure life. It has given me the belief to succeed and to find my way, my passion, myself. These were opportunities I did not have in my home country.”

Find out more about Vesal.
Canada has provided me with a safe and secure life. There are plenty of opportunities to develop my skills. Learning English in the Tri-Cities was a good starting point which helped me. Because of this, I could find out more about different colleges and different subjects so I can pursue my education.

I am now studying to become a pilot. I am now able to trust and believe in myself and have faith that I can succeed; these are opportunities that I did not have in my home country. If you really want something, you have to believe in yourself and do it. Find your way, your passion, your life, yourself.


 

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Fereshteh Torabi: I BRING COMMITMENT

“I do not know where I would be today if not for the amazing support system I received from many Tri-Cities organizations. Their support has helped me to achieve my goal of learning English and has allowed me and my children to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Learn more about Fereshteh.

When my family and I came to the Tri-Cities, we faced a warm welcome from the community. As a single mother of two, I received support from many community organizations to help me find information that I needed so I can start my new life in Canada.

I began learning English when I arrived and now, I can take accounting courses at BCIT. I truly appreciate the available support for newcomers to help them stand on their own two feet in order to have a better role in society. This support has helped me achieve many goals and has allowed me to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle. I started working out and hiking, and my son joined the local soccer club and enjoys it very much. Despite facing many challenges, I am very happy and thankful to be in such a peaceful and exceptional country like Canada. I do not know where I would be today if I did not have such an amazing support system.


 

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Abbas Khanehzarrin: I BRING DILIGENCE

“I came to Canada without knowing the language and I attended all my English classes. After 3 years, I received my high school diploma. I have recently graduated from the Security Systems Technician program at BCIT. I am optimistic about my future and believe that my success is about to begin. Diligence brings success and that’s the key to achieve our goals.”

Find out more about Abbas.
Coming to Canada was new, challenging and exciting. I tried to learn the new culture and the language to make connections and to communicate with others. I accepted the differences and respected them which was the first step for me. I attended all my English classes which I started from level one and after a few months, I registered for adult foundation classes. After 3 years, I received my high school diploma. I then decided to take the Security Systems Technician program at BCIT and am proud to be one of 10 students who have recently graduated from the intensive and challenging program. I am very happy and optimistic about my future now that I have achieved my dream of going to college.   I am thankful to my family and the community for helping me and providing me with valuable information so I can pursue my dreams. Diligence brings success and that’s the key to achieve our goals.

 

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Betul Nebhen: I BRING LEADERSHIP

“After coming to Canada, I worked hard to learn English and make many Canadian friends. I volunteered with many organizations and was recently hired by a local company. My favourite thing about Canada is the lovely people who have helped me and my children so much. My children will have a good future in a safe place.”

Find out more about Betul.
After coming to Canada, I worked hard to learn English and make many Canadian friends.  Through this process, I have volunteered with many organizations and have met many people who have helped make the Tri-Cities our home and have welcomed my family.
Recently, I was hired by a local company in their accounting department, which was the field I worked on in my home country, and was gifted a car by a local church ministry. I was also nominated for the Women’s Collaborative Hub Women’s Influencers Award.

 

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Fariba Hooshmand: I BRING INITIATIVE

Anyone can achieve anything they want in any stage of their life and we should strive to help others in the community and use the available resources to improve ourselves. Today, I call Canada my second home and my goal is to make Canada an even better place.”

Learn more about Fariba.
Initially, we had many challenges settling in Canada such as housing, securing employment, integrating in a different culture, lack of awareness about the legal system and available social services. However, one of the biggest challenges for me was language.  Despite that I knew some English coming to Canada, it wasn’t adequate for employment opportunities.

I took many language classes to help build my skills and my employability.

One year later, I started working in the services industry which helped not only improve my English, but also increased my confidence and networking skills. I also started watching television and started reading the newspaper. Currently, I work in retail and I can communicate clearly with customers and co-workers.

The key to success is the individual’s mindset and awareness about how to use the available services when starting a new life in a new country. Asking for help is very important for a limited time, but you will have to stand on your own feet as soon as possible so that you can help others. Anyone can achieve anything they want in any stage of their life and we should strive to help others in the community and use the available resources to improve ourselves.

Today, I call Canada my second home and my goal is to make Canada an even better place by using my skills that I have learned in the process of settling in Canada.


 

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Heba Alkhatib: I BRING COMPASSION

“Canada has provided me a chance to study and improve myself, and most importantly, a safe place to live for my family. I continue to work on myself to achieve the success that I want. I am attending English classes, and I facilitate a seniors’ group.”

Find out more about Heba.
I like everything in Canada especially how people from various cultures can live together like a big family. Everyone accepts and respects other cultures. I like how friendly the people are.  Canada provided a lot of things to me: the most important thing is a safe place to live for my family. Canada has provided me a chance to study and improve myself through workshops and classes. I continue to work on myself to achieve the success that I want. Now, I am attending an English course at Douglas College and I facilitate a local seniors’ group

 

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Suhail Abdi: I BRING PERSEVERANCE

“Brave is not the one who can run to the end, but the brave who can run to the end even after falling. I just want to say thank you to this wonderful country which has a lot of humanity. I love and adore Canada.”

Find out more about Suhail.
I just want to say thank you to this wonderful country which has a lot of humanity. I love and adore Canada. I recently participated in the Terry Fox Hometown run and his story reminded me of bravery and determination, values that many refugees and immigrants face when they come to a new country. I am learning English and volunteering in the community. I am hopeful that my family will have a positive future here.