What it means to be a permanent resident in a country for the first time in my life.


Last week, I had the opportunity to meet a wonderful person, who was kind enough to share with me his story of how he arrived in Canada. As a sponsored refugee, he first wrote about his experience on the Ripple Refugee Project blog. I am very pleased to share that same blog post with you. Enjoy!


Amr Al-Faham, his wife Rasha and their 5-months old son Kareem arrived in Toronto from Turkey on December 6, 2016 – the second family sponsored by the Ripple Refugee Project. He describes what it means for him to be a permanent resident in a country for the first time in his life. Continue reading


Funding Resource to Help Newcomers Navigate their Career Goals

DVP4945375-e1445388436703.jpgAs a volunteer with WoodGreen Community Connections, I have come across many newcomers who struggle with the challenge of getting their professional education recognized by Canadian organizations. The option of going back-to-school is a daunting and expensive task for many to tackle, compounded by their lack of financial history in Canada which prevents them from easily accessing reasonable sources of funding. Continue reading