Hawa is from Guinea, where she studied accounting. Upon her arrival in Quebec, she quickly began looking for work, but had no success. She is a Renaissance participant, being trained to be a sales clerk–cashier–sorter. "The people were very welcoming, the work was clearly explained, it's like a family. I had lost confidence in myself and working at Renaissance is helping me rediscover myself and giving me hope." Hawa would like to go back to school to study logistics and work part-time as a sales clerk, once she finishes her Renaissance training.
Volunteering at Renaissance is beneficial for everyone involved. The volunteer work by persons with intellectual disabilities favours their progressive integration into society and contributes every day to the smooth functioning of Renaissance's Fripe-Prix community boutiques. We are very grateful for our partnerships with social agencies such as The West Island Re-Adaptation Centre, le Centre de réadaptation en déficience intellectuelle Gabrielle-Major, L'École Irénée-Lussier and the Marguerite Bourgeois School Board, through whom Renaissance is able to welcome 72 volunteers.