1. Where in the Ukraine are you from?
I am originally from Zaporizhzhia (south part of Ukraine)
2. When did you come to Canada and under what circumstance?
In 2015. I was a landed immigrant who came to Canada under Skilled Worker Overseas pathway with my family of four and a dog. Now I am Canadian citizen.
3. Could you tell us a bit of your work and educational background?
I have a master’s degree in education, a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management and Recreation, and post-secondary degree in Bookkeeping.
In Ukraine I worked as an Entry Course Leader, Lecturer and Examinator at College of Economics and Law, Zaporizhzhia National University. After I moved to Canada I started to volunteer as an interpreter at Manitoba Parents for Ukrainian Education and Entry Program in Winnipeg. Also, I volunteered as a Project Coordinator at Zemliaki Trade & Culture Association.
My first job in Winnipeg was Billing Coordinator at Truck-Freight Int., a division of Paterson Global Foods, where I successfully used my accounting skills for over 6 years.
In 2022 I joined the Immigrant Centre as a Ukrainian speaking Employment Facilitator. I enjoy being a part of such friendly and positive organization. Being an Employment Facilitator to me is a great combination of helping people and realizing yourself as an educator through workshops.
4. What you are doing for fellow Ukrainians today?
I am helping Ukrainians to start a new life in Canada by assisting them finding a job. It is especially important for them to feel support and encouragement. I was a part of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress team last year. They created a Booklet for Ukrainian Newcomers, which is still being distributed upon arrival at the Winnipeg airport. And I will continue to dedicate my energy and professionalism to help these newcomers.