“Every time I walk into ICA I feel like I’m walking into my home.”
Jenny, past ICA client and current volunteer
Jenny came to Canada to explore living in a new country. After living in Victoria for almost 10 years now, this is Jenny’s home. Sure, she misses her family in China but as a budget analyst for the provincial government and her lovely daughter, she and her husband are happy to be in Victoria.
As is true for so many newcomers, ICA was the first place Jenny and her husband went to for help. For her husband, it was learning English through ICA’s LINC program. For her young daughter, it was where she started her first “social life” in ICA’s daycare. For Jenny, it was getting support through ICA’s Employment program, specifically to improve her resume and develop stronger interview skills. One important way ICA helped Jenny was when we helped her get an internship through the Federal Internship for Newcomers (FIN) program.
FIN is an essential program because it helps skilled immigrants get professional job. She knew English, has a master’s degree in Economics, but needed help applying her skills and training to the Canadian job market. In FIN program, the chances of finding meaningful employment for new immigrants like Jenny are improved by competing with new immigrants rather than Canadian citizens.
After serving for 8 months with the National Defense Department in Esquimalt, she was always invited for an interview whenever she applied for a new job.
Jenny credits ICA’s support with her success.
Now, as a way to give back and say thank you, Jenny is one of our amazing tax volunteers helping others with their income taxes every year. Filing taxes can be very stressful for newcomers to Canada. ICA’s tax volunteers play an important role ensuring newcomers file their taxes correctly and on time.
For Jenny, choosing to move to Canada was the start of an adventure, and she appreciates being able to see the world from a broader perspective.
“I am thankful for all the supports we have received since arriving in Canada. The longer we live here, the luckier I feel being able to live in a country that values diversity and inclusion.” Jenny says. “ICA is doing valuable work. Without ICA, it would be much more difficult for immigrants to start a new life here.”
To learn more about volunteering with ICA, please contact Liz Bean at email@example.com