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CarlaFinding her dream job

Carla found work in Canada after completing the Connections employment program

Arriving in Canada as a refugee from Mexico, Carla faced many barriers. But her biggest challenge was finding work in her new country, especially during COVID-19. Our Connections employment program supports people just like her.

Developed for newcomers who are receiving social assistance, Connections gives people the knowledge, training, and paid co-op placement needed to gain essential Canadian work experience. For Carla, her time in Connections not only improved her ability to find work, it taught her about work/life balance, communication techniques and emotional intelligence, and gave her certification in Customer Service Excellence. Together with the ongoing support of Connections staff , and her degree in nutrition and Personal Training Certificate, Carla was ready to find her dream job. 

“As a newcomer to Canada it was very helpful to learn the things I did in Connections, like how to improve my resume and prepare for a job interview. I practiced my PowerPoint and public speaking skills. Everything I learned taught me about the Canadian workforce. It helped me get a job at Goodlife Fitness as a personal trainer, which I love. I’m very thankful to The Neighbourhood Group Community Services for that!”

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