Guest Post: 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.

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. She found out about the SOPA program while looking online for a job and registered right away. In just four weeks after arriving in Canada, Winnie was invited for a job interview that landed her a job in her field.

Success Stories from Alberta

What is a success story? Finding job in your field soon after immigrating to Canada? Certainly, finding job after arriving in Canada is a huge success. However, at SOPA, we think that finding job, retaining your job and integrating into your new workplace are parts of your bigger success story in Canada.

Small Talk Works!

One day, shortly after arriving in Edmonton from The Philippines, Ria and her son insisted on taking the bus to a museum instead of waiting for her uncle to drive them. She wanted to be more independent in getting around the city after-all. While at the bus stop, she asked a gentleman if they were on the correct route.

Keys to Job Search Success

“The biggest keys to his success were his positive attitude and likeability as well as his knowledge, professional experience and a very hardworking personality.” “He was well prepared, open minded and ready to learn,” said Mirjana Borjan, Chimezie’s Professional Communication Facilitator. “He’s a true professional.”

Moving Forward with Positive Steps

Like many immigrants, Hamid Rahmanifard, a Petroleum Engineering professional with over 6 years of experience, chose Canada, particularly Alberta, as the best place for professional growth and integration. Before relocation, Hamid participated in all five SOPA courses.

SOPA Partner in Alberta

CCIS is made up of 200+ multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary staff members, as well as 1,500 volunteers, who collectively speak more than 60 languages. We are proud to work in partnership with local organizations, educational institutions, and members of the business community to deliver 70 programs and services out of 7 locations, as well as 25 outreach locations in Calgary and Southern Alberta.