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Meet Shazia Shareef - A RODS Volunteer

Meet Shazia Shareef - A RODS Volunteer

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Shazia Shareef has a heart for volunteering. “Volunteering allows me to give back to the community I live in. It allows me to help other    people.” A long-time volunteer with the Regina Open Door Society (RODS), Shazia has participated in the organization’s newcomer/long-time Canadian...


SOPA Graduate: Get to know Sunday Moses Olatunde

SOPA Graduate: Get to know Sunday Moses Olatunde

What is your profession? Quality assurance inspections and audits Describe yourself: Honest, teachable, professional, goal-setter What’s the greatest piece of advice a manager or co-worker has ever given you? Be smart with money, never spend more than your salary.  Name two things...


SOPA Graduate: Get to know Reuben Adeleye

SOPA Graduate: Get to know Reuben Adeleye

"Taking this course has helped me in no small measure.  Right from the commencement of Job Search Strategies, to this stage, I have gained tremendously.  I have learned about general and targeted resumes, and covers letters (general and targeted also), it should be noted that I now know I have...


SOPA Graduate: Get to know Michael Garcia

SOPA Graduate: Get to know Michael Garcia

Michael, an IT professional from Singapore, was a model student who was motivated to finish the course before arriving in Regina just weeks ago.  Constantly searching for new ways to be productive, he decided to enroll in SOPA courses and feels they provided him with information on what to...


SOPA Graduate: Get to know Henry Reynoso Rodriguez

SOPA Graduate: Get to know Henry Reynoso Rodriguez

Henry, a mechanical engineer from the Dominican Republic, recently graduated from SOPA’s Job Search Strategies course and is working hard to use what the course taught him to gain employment in the HVAC/Refrigeration field. As a student, Henry was excited and determined to learn new skills in...


Saher Tariq - Employment Services Success Story

Saher Tariq - Employment Services Success Story

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From Zero Job Offers, to a Bounty of Choices! Saher is originally from Pakistan, but she lived in Dubai for many years, where she received her professional certification through the Association of Certified Chartered accountants (ACCA) and worked in the accounting field for many years. Once...


Erna Seymour - Employment Services Success Story

Erna Seymour - Employment Services Success Story

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Erna and her family came from Jamaica to Canada in 2012. Her first winter here was a stark contrast to the tropical weather she was used to, but even the coldest temperatures could not shake her determination to make a home here. Erna worked in the Jamaican school system for 27 years where...


IN THE NEWS - 'A life changer': Volunteer describes helping new immigrants in Regina

IN THE NEWS - 'A life changer': Volunteer describes helping new immigrants in Regina

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By Adriana Christianson January 16, 2016 - 1:44pm Updated: January 18, 2016 - 7:59am   Imagine running from a war in your home country, spending years in a refugee camp, then stepping off a plane to build a life in a new country where you don’t know anyone. That is the moment when volunteers...


Barb's Story - A Volunteer Experience

Barb's Story - A Volunteer Experience

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Eight years ago my life changed drastically and I was looking for something interesting and meaningful that would keep me busy and give me lots to think about.  My association with RODS started as a volunteer 4 years ago. My Progress Club had strong ties to RODS and a tour of Reception...


T.R.'s Story

T.R.'s Story

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29 year old T.R. arrived in Regina from Eritrea in 2013 as a Government Assisted Refugee (GAR).  Despite all the pain and immense challenges that he had experienced as a refugee, he arrived in Canada hoping for a better life.  T. R. knew that moving to a new country would present many...


Ivana's Story - An ELT Experience

Ivana's Story - An ELT Experience

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I am Ivana Corce, an Environmental Engineer, who moved to Canada a year ago. Since then, the most common question I have been asked is, “Why did you move to Canada?”  I moved to Canada because of a job opportunity my husband had. When we decided to move from Venezuela, where I come from, I...


Tila's Story - A Youth Experience

Tila's Story - A Youth Experience

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Life is said to be a journey of challenges.  Throughout my life I have been through various challenges and have had experiences of both success and failure. I was born and raised in a refugee-camp located in Nepal until my migration to Canada. I arrived in Canada in 2010 along with my family....


Shaif's Story

Shaif's Story

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Shaif, his wife Dilruba and daughter Marjan immigrated from Bangladesh to Canada on January 25, 2013. Before arriving in Canada, Shaif worked in a family owned grocery store. The family went to the Newcomer Welcome Centre soon after arrival where they received information on services...


Patrick's Story

Patrick's Story

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O Canada! Our Noble and Caring Land By Ziad Al-Husseini     I am relatively new to Canada. I arrived in Regina in September 2012. I enrolled in the Enhanced Language Training Program (ELT) offered by Regina Open Door Society which helps newcomers to familiarize themselves with the Canadian...