“I came to Canada in 2017 as a refugee from Turkey with my husband and three children. I majored in Business Administration and Accounting and worked in various hospitals as an administrative accounting assistant in Turkey. When I first arrived in Canada, I was worried about a job and how my husband and I would settle in a completely new country. With appropriate referrals and networking, I registered with the S.O.A.R. program (Office Administration training) from Centre for Immigrants and Community Services (CICS) to increase my employability in Canada. Following the completion of the training, I connected with the Frontline Community Centre for an internship opportunity.
I started the internship in an administrative role and was very nervous during my first week of work. However, I received a warm welcome from the team at the FCC and was encouraged by all team members which led me to believe in myself. One of the things I admire about FCC is its positive work environment. Due to this reason, after my placement ended, I started to volunteer at FCC. At the FCC, all employees and volunteers are treated with respect and compassion. I have gained a tremendous amount of confidence as a result of being part of FCC and I will always be thankful for this opportunity. After 4 months of volunteering at FCC, I received a full-time job opportunity at Amazon. I can now say that I am a proud permanent resident in Canada and the Frontline Community Centre played a crucial role in providing me with the experience to become a better individual and improve my skills and resume.” – Emine Asici