Meet your SOPA Employment Specialists!

SOPA clients are now able to receive customized job search support through our Employment Counselling service that we launched this year. No matter your destination in Canada, we have Employment Specialists ready to meet with you online to prepare you for employment in Canada. Meet them below!

Aleksandra Niedzwiecka, Atlantic Provinces, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)


Aleksandra Niedzwiecka, CHRP, has been working in career development for 7 years and worked for several years as a recruiter in the UK and Poland. She is a skilled Career Practitioner who utilizes integrative case management approaches to provide thorough and high-quality service to clients. She is passionate about helping individuals make transitions in their professional lives. Aleksandra is also an active community volunteer with the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Nova Scotia and with the Polish Canadian Society of Nova Scotia where she serves on the board.

Aleksandra has always wanted to work with immigrants and was originally a volunteer with ISANS before becoming the experienced Career Practitioner she is today. She enjoys watching sci-fi movies, going on road trips, bike rides, walks, spending time with her daughter, drinking coffee, campfires and yoga.


Aneta Popa, Alberta, Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS)

Aneta is passionate about empowering newcomers. She has a background in human resources and business administration. Her years of experience working with colleagues and clients with diverse cultural backgrounds have helped her to grow professionally and personally. She transitioned into the not-for-profit sector to use her extensive professional experience to assist newcomers in realizing their dreams of making Canada their home and guiding them to achieve their professional goals. Aneta enjoys travelling, yoga, biking, and spending time with her family. She lived in 4 different countries before making Canada her home.


Linda Ragoonan, British Columbia, MOSAIC

Linda is originally from Trinidad and Tobago and has been working as a Certified Career Practitioner for over 15 years. She worked with programs in Tourism and Hospitality and also for the Skills Connect for Immigrants Program, and Planning for Canada. She is currently working with MOSAIC as the SOPA BC Employment Specialist.

As a career professional, Linda empowers new immigrants and to help them develop realistic career goals. She is passionate about encouraging them to search for possibilities for better opportunities. Her ability to communicate with any age group and people of all communities has given her the opportunity to guide many into their chosen professions. She is an advocate in treating people with dignity, respect, empathy and compassion.


Samar Seoudi, Manitoba, Altered Minds Inc.

Samar has over 5 years of experience in Career and Employment Coaching and Business Consulting, with certifications in Coaching, Applied Human Resources Management, Career Success in Canada and a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing. She also has over 19 years of international business experience working in a very diverse culture within the IT industry.

She enjoys trying new food from different cultures as well as watching cooking channels, although she says this has never helped improve her cooking (of which the victim is always her son).


Andreea Glavan, Ontario, World Skills Employment Centre

Andreea has been in Canada since 2006. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and over 15 years’ experience in IT, Administration and Client Service. She never worked as a physicist, however, she still counts on the many skills she learned in university. Andreea has been working with the pre-employment organization and SOPA partner, World Skills Employment Centre since 2010 where she developed a passion for Career Counselling. Andreea started working with the SOPA program in 2015 as an Intake Counsellor; then in 2017, she took on the role of SOPA Job Search Strategies Facilitator. Last October, she became a Certified Career Development Practitioner and since April 2019, she is an Employment Specialist for SOPA Ontario and the SOPA-World Skills Team Lead.


Humberto Fernandez, Ontario, Catholic Centre for Immigrants Ottawa (CCI)

Humberto Fernandez is the new SOPA Ontario Employment Specialist with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants. He previously worked with World Skills Ottawa as an employment counsellor. He has experience in positions related to career and talent development, coaching, skill assessment, settlement counselling, education, diversity training, human resources, case management and program coordination. He is a long-time musician and multi-instrumentalist, has written and arranged music since he was a teenager, and has toured with various musical projects for the past 20 years. He speaks English and Spanish fluently and understands and speaks a bit of French and Portuguese.


Alissa Siggelkow, Saskatchewan, Regina Open Door Society (RODS)

After completing degrees in International Development Studies and Education, Alissa was thrilled to join Regina Open Door Society where she worked for 9 years as an ESL Instructor, Program Supervisor, and Employment Instructor before becoming the SOPA Employment Specialist.

She speaks enough Spanish to understand half of the conversations at her in-law’s dinner table and to navigate her way through Spain. Alissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends eating ice-cream at the famous Milky Way in Regina, shopping at local farmer and flea markets and taking in various summer festivals.


SOPA’s pre-arrival employment counselling helps clients find work in their fields of expertise. The individualized one-on-one employment counselling sessions and the services offered prepare clients to be work-ready prior to arriving in Canada. Immigrating to Canada and in need of Employment Counselling services? Register with us now!