Omer's Success Story with LEF
In 2017 Omer came to Canada as a Refugee Claimant. He had a stable job for over 4 years for a wrestling association in Thailand as a coordinator and organizing local and international tournaments. Suddenly, he had to make a decision to move to Canada because his life was at risk for being connected closely with the Turkish community.
After arriving he was living in Calgary for 8 months. He started participating in employment support to start his new career in Canada and be familiar with the labour market. Omer tried out different jobs in Calgary such as construction and cleaning. But his passion has always been helping people. Back home he participated in many projects such as building schools, promoting education and sports for children and families. His self-esteem and confidence were very low. He felt lost, disconnected, and didn’t know what his next step should be. Omer was used to being in control, a successful man and connected to his community through sport events that he organized. He decided to move to Toronto to explore other opportunities relative to his field and passion of helping the new generation. In 2018 he came to LEF looking for information about work permit, PR application immigration process in order to get his permanent status in Canada as soon as possible. For Omer the main goal was to be able to bring his family because he was lacking the motivation to pursue his career. He mentioned that he feels like he was not able to focus on his job search because he was mentally and emotionally not there, due to his family being back home.
CEW began to work one-on-one with Omer, including working on his asset mapping to identify his goals and put together a plan. His main goals were understanding Canadian workplace culture, resume preparation, and job-searching technics. To start his career plan, the CEW encourage him to volunteer at LEF during the summer program to become familiar with the Canadian environment. Working with newcomer families and children has made a successful impact in our community integrating kids and parents in different fun activities. With the LEF staff mentoring him, he was able to become one of the main leaders during his volunteer job. Client was able to improve his connections through this volunteer work and has improved his confidence and found a place where he can start sharing his expertise. He also participated in many workshops such as leadership –New horizon and employment programs. As a result, he was hired by LEF as ECA worker. He has also brought in his community to LEF to gain the same experience that he had. Omer became connected with the newcomer youth group by organizing sport events.
"Until I met with LEF I was kind of lost did not know what I really need to do, how start my new life in Canada. All need was little trust and someone to see what I was capable to. LEF give me all I need “simple hook” to start my carrier. Make me feel part of community and LEF family. Start being part of LEF clearly showed me and my community that there are always plenty of opportunities are out there waiting for us. All we need to socialize and be part of community to get it.
Today where I stand, I feel strong, I feel I am not alone there are huge hope for my family and community waiting for us in near future."