Beat the odds: Cruising through COVID-19 in Calgary (Part 1)

While the entire world was (is) panicking about COVID-19, we were preparing for our travel to Canada. A lengthy travel, with overnight stays at empty airports and multiple transits. Yet our hearts were full of hope and positivity. Till this day, I believe that our journey was a miracle, orchestrated by the almighty. In spite…

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You Can Network Your Way to Success in Canada

Prior to moving to Alberta, Canada, Chinwendu Okereke- Azike had built a successful career as a banker in Nigeria. She had eight years’ experience under her belt – developing innovative and ground-breaking customer service solutions for her employers. Even though she was confident in her skills and extensive experience, Chinwendu knew that approaching and navigating…

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An Evening of Fun and Inspiration at the SOPA Alberta Social Café

The SOPA Alberta team was excited to host past SOPA clients living in Alberta for a lively evening of fun, networking and inspiration at the SOPA Social Café last July. The event took place at the main office of the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) and provided our program participants with an opportunity to meet…

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Information Makes All the Difference

An excited Philip Akpoesiri Mike-Ifeta moved to Edmonton, Canada, with his family on December 21st, 2017. In Nigeria, he had worked in the banking and financial services industry and had developed extensive experience in retail, small business, insurance, pension, asset management and customer service. His decision to move to Canada was stirred by a desire…

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Experience of a Lifetime

Carla Mariano, an IT professional from Brazil, was over the moon with excitement when she received the email informing her that her application to immigrate to Canada had been approved. However, leaving the relative comforts of the familiar for a destination fraught with many uncertainties was a truly daunting experience.

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Arrive Prepared for Winter in Canada

No matter where you live in Canada, it’s wise to be prepared for the winter. Here are our tips for staying warm, driving safely and having fun during the winter season in Canada. With the exception of parts of British Columbia, where it is worthwhile to invest in rain gear to get through the winter…

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An Adventure Across The World

An adventure on the other side of the world – this is what Winnie Law and her family are calling their move to Canada. They moved from Auckland, New Zealand to Calgary, Alberta this summer. Winnie is a supply chain management professional. She found out about the SOPA program while looking online for a job…

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