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“My socio-professional counsellor helped me so much and motivated me! There is a follow-up as well as the training. I learned so much in those six months.”

Originally from Libya, Maryam has a diploma in economics and administration. She worked as a translator in the Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and later
as an administrative assistant in the petroleum industry. Following the death of her husband, she decided to leave her country and immigrated to Canada. She arrived in British Columbia in 2012 and held several jobs in the hotel industry, but she longed to speak French in her professional life. In 2016, she moved to Québec. “I had trouble to integrate into the workforce because I did not have any work experience in Québec.” The Montreal Women’s Centre recommended that she enrol in the job-training program at Renaissance, and she began as a cashier-sales clerk-sorter in March, 2016.

“I had a very warm welcome, support and good advice from the whole team. My socio-professional counsellor helped me so much and motivated me! There is a follow-up as well as the training. I learned so much in those six months.” At the end of her training, Maryam looked for full time stable employment and she was hired in Customer Service at Rona. Along with her job, she is also following a correspondence course in secretarial training three times a week. Maryam hopes to have her professional diploma by the fall of 2017, which will qualify her to work as a legal secretary. “I am very optimistic about my future.”