MEAAD ALHARBI – Resettlement Assistance Program Worker
My name is Meaad Alharbi. I am from Saudi Arabia. In 2012, I came to Canada as an international student to learn English and to pursue a Master’s degree. During my studies, I enjoyed many volunteer experiences in non-profit organizations. In Nanaimo, I had a great chance to do a tremendously valuable internship with Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society where I found my passion in serving communities and helping immigrants and refugees.
After I finished my internship, I continued following my passion in working for a non-profit organization by completing more than ten courses on gaining practical knowledge and skills for working in a non-profit organization. In my free time, I enjoy volunteering to teach international students how to pass IELTS exam and get accepted into Canadian universities. Since I came to Canada I have had so many people help me throughout this time adjusting to new life here. I feel I am responsible to return this favor by helping others. I am so happy to dedicate my passion, time and energy to help immigrants and refugees, so they will happily call Canada a new home and start a new life.
ADAM YAGHI – Resettlement Assistance Program Worker
Hello! My name is Adam Yaghi and I am fluent in both Arabic and English. I have personally experienced dislocation and immigration, and have a diverse work history. I was born and raised in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. In 2005, I moved to the United States to earn my MA in English Literature and in 2008, I relocated to Canada to earn a doctorate in Multicultural and Contemporary American Literature from the University of Victoria. In December 2015, I successfully finished my doctorate. After many years of teaching and learning, I am now looking forward to taking a break from academia to work with refugees and immigrants.
FATMA DOGUS, Settlement Worker
I was born in Mersin, Turkey. Mersin is a city filled with diverse cultures and people by the Mediterranean Sea in southeast Turkey. Growing up in the culturally diverse city of Mersin and having a family of Syrian ancestry made me passionate to learn more about different cultures. Before starting my journey in Canada, I obtained a Bachelor of Education from Cukurova University in Adana, Turkey. During this time I have had a chance to travel to different parts of Turkey. In 2008, I came to Canada as an international student and completed a Master’s degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria. Upon completion of my degree, I continued my career working in an international language school and helping students from all over the world with their transition to Canada.
I am looking forward to bringing my personal experience as an immigrant as well as my professional expertise to support newcomers with their transition to Victoria. I am excited and happy to be part of the ICA’s family, and learning and growing with ICA’s team and clients.
SHARMARKE MOHAMED, Facilitator of Refugee Volunteer Support Services
I understand what it means to leave everything behind to come to new country, and relate to people who flee from troubles in their home countries. My journey to find a home took me to several countries until I was sponsored as a refugee to Canada in 2012. I have a deep desire to promote integration for newcomers into their new communities and strongly believe that everyone can be an agent of integration. Since arriving in Canada three and a half years ago, I have worked with newcomers to help them settle in. Prior to that, I spent 7 years working with asylum seekers, migrants and refugees in the Middle East. I am now so pleased to join ICA to facilitate refugee volunteer support services for newcomers.