Milagros was a well-established business woman in the Dominican Republic who wanted to explore new opportunities and make a better life for herself and her children in Canada. When she stepped off the plane in 2016, she says she was “full of hope.” Milagros was confident Canada was a land of opportunity where she would grow and fulfill her dreams.
“I began volunteering and quickly saw the need and the possibilities to contribute and thank Canadians. It motivated me to start looking at different opportunities available and made me want to do more. I was confident that with a little help, I could use my skills and work experience in a way that would allow me to make a decent living and support my children, especially as a sole provider.”
After going to school to improve her English, Milagros was introduced to Martha Santamaria, Job Developer at COSTI’s Women of Courage Program by her Case Worker. “The process was not easy, but getting the admission immediately gave me a sense of pride. I was determined to succeed.”
Milagros took classes at Humber College and attended workshops hosted by COSTI to gain insights and guidance in navigating her future employment and educational opportunities. “My vision became more clear and achievable. My goal was to secure a student placement at AMA Legal Services to gain Canadian work experience in Office Administration, while continuing my post-secondary education.”
Milagros is an example of how newcomers to Canada can achieve success, adapt to a new environment, engage in their community and help others in need. “I am very hopeful about the future. I’m on my way to achieving the Canadian dream, to launch my own legal office, not just for myself, but for the future of my children.”