Before I came to Canada from Ukraine, I didn’t know that I could get access to high quality education without any income or savings to pay for it. I’m glad that Working Skills Centre (WSC) gives an opportunity for newcomers get an education for careers that are in demand in the Canadian labour market.
When I came to WSC, I was surprised by how friendly and helpful the WSC team was. Every single day, I was happy to come to school and gain new knowledge. I met many friends, people who were similar to me, and who spoke English as a second language.
I learned about life and work management skills, how to prepare for work, and how to write a cover letter for a resume. The assignments and presentation offered me skills which are enabling me to handle very difficult daily situations, and the knowledge I gained is helping my day-to-day performance at my job. In my opinion, the credo of WSC is very much like a famous quote that syas “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” WSC was a place of family and community for me for 6 months.
With the help of the WSC team, especially Susana Parise and Claudia Bargellini, I got the opportunity to apply for a CSR role at TD Canada Trust. I was a candidate in a special program conducted by Social Capital Partners. With the help of the professional coaching and hard work of the WSC staff, I’ve been offered this position!
Now I am working at TD Canada Trust as a Customer Service Representative and using all the knowledge I`ve gained while studying at WSC. Thank you, WSC team for your help in achieving my goals.
Now it is my turn to give back. I applied and have been accepted as a member of the Board of Directors. This will be another learning experience for me and I am very excited. The Board President met with me and told me I would have a lot to contribute as the Board values the input from past clients as they make strategic decisions.