Salameh Ayaad, Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) Worker
My name is Salameh Ayaad (pronounced Salama ‘Ayyad). I moved to Canada in August 2011 as an international student and have lived in Vancouver ever since. I completed my Master of Arts in Communication from Simon Fraser University (SFU) in February 2015.
My most recent professional experience has been as a freelance interpreter for Arabic-speaking immigrants and refugees, on behalf of MCIS Language Solutions. My work history also includes serving as a cultural affairs assistant for the Embassy of the United States of America in Kuwait between 2008 and 2011, teaching assistant for undergraduate students at SFU from 2012-2014, and cataloguing Arabic-language books as a full-time library assistant at SFU’s Bennett Library.
As a Jordanian of Palestinian origin who spent most of his life in the Middle East, and who has assisted Arabic-speaking immigrants and refugees in accessing Canadian government services through interpreting; I have developed an acute understanding of their needs and circumstances whilst living in this country. I have also gained, throughout my professional, educational, and personal life, a thorough knowledge of the geopolitical and economic forces that have shaped the modern Middle East.
My hobbies include reading, watching movies, exercising, and spending time with my wife.
Dean Yuan, Communications and Evaluations Intern
Hello there! My name is Dean Yuan, I am a student from the Master of the Inter-Cultural and International Communication program at Royal Roads University. I come from mainland China and have been here for 16 months. As an international student, I can truly understand those challenges that newcomers are faced with and I’m eager to help them integrate into the culture and community in Victoria. So I’m here!
It is also a great opportunity to apply my theoretical knowledge on inter-cultural communication into real work here. Based on my previous work experiences at television stations in China, I will work on over 10 successful stories from ICA staff and clients and share them through media during my 6 months of placement. In addition, I will also participate in some of the evaluations work at ICA.
I can’t wait to get in touch with those who have interesting stories to share and hope I will realize my value of life and reach my goals here in ICA!