If you have not read Part 1 of my past experiences, go check that out before reading Part 2. You can check out Part 1 at http://missontarioworld.com/2020/part-1-past-experiences/
After the YMCA;
At the Welcome Centre, my responsibilities included counselling immigrants and refugees, and administrative duties which involved photocopying and printing documents.
The program was about supporting immigrants and refugees who had just come into Canada.
Volunteering while studying in college;
At the Lakehead University in Thunderbay, I mentored youth and children at the Thunderbay Counselling Centre, until I was transferred to the Orillia Lakehead campus. I graduated with honours in Interdisciplinary Studies, which was focused on multiple subjects. My areas of concentration include Immigration, Sociology, Law, and Psychology.
I intentionally chose to focus on other areas in addition to immigration because I needed to understand how policies and Bills are created in Canada. I also wanted to understand how people function from academic psychology and sociology perspectives, which are two foundations that I believe are essential in any professional field.
My final thesis paper and presentation was on NEET (Not in Employment, Education, and Training), with a focus on immigrants and refugees.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I was volunteering at the Intercultural Iranian Canadian Resource Centre (I2CRC). I worked with a team that supported individuals and families affected by the flight PS752 incident. We held weekend meetings to help the victims heal from grief and post-traumatic stress disorder following the sad news about that flight.
I have also worked with the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Toronto Cares organization.
Here’s some information about my family;
I feel the need to add this bit because it is how my passion for volunteering was shaped. My family background is deeply connected to immigration experiences. We help immigrants and Kurdish families every time the opportunity arises.
I have always been interested in learning about my ethnic identity. In Iran, there was a ban on my language and culture in schools when my parents were still young. I have so many questions about my ethnic background that need answers. I still haven’t met two of my uncles due to human rights issues. Hopefully, things will change for the better soon.
My life in Canada has been incredible. I have so many opportunities here and a better future.
Till next time