Words from Obiageli Olubunmi-Davies
Board Director, Proud Donor & Canadian Immigrant
We need your support today to ensure our newcomer services continue! As an immigrant to Canada myself, I understand what it feels like to be alone, confused, without community and without help.My family decided to fully relocate to Canada from Nigeria in 2016. I felt so many emotions as we sat at the airport waiting for our flight. I was leaving the entire life I had known behind. I felt sad, I was worried and afraid. However, I was excited my two children would grow up in a better environment. And I was hopeful that my sick child would have access to good medical care that would give him a chance to stay alive.It took a lot of courage to decide to move, and I was ready – or, so I thought.
Two weeks after arrival, I realized I was not ready for this new place. There was so much to learn and adjust to.
Life as a new immigrant can be lonely, confusing, and overwhelming especially for a woman with children. The need for care, community, support, supplies, encouragement, counselling and direction on how to navigate life was huge. It was a struggle and it was hard. We were very lucky, though. We found a community that constantly provided support and shared their knowledge with us so I could adjust to my new home.It has been 5 years of growth. I obtained certification and am enjoying working as a procurement strategist. My children are doing very well and getting the medical care they need. I have bigger dreams and aspirations that I am actively pursuing. I’m able to do that because I have the resources and support that I need to achieve them.
But it hasn’t been easy, and it can be even more challenging for others.
A story from a transgender newcomer woman who fled her country because of war and persecution based on her identity. Then in Canada, found herself in complete isolation. For her safety, we cannot provide names, but you will get to know her through her personal letter.
With your help, she was able to move from hopelessness to connection and confidence through the WCWRC Newcomer Services Program. I thank her for her courage and determination. When she first came to WCWRC in 2018 she did not understand English and was crying every night. Now, she is in a place to share her journey in her own words, which you can read here.
Devastatingly, her experience is all-too-common that we must – and can – ensure other women don’t have to endure.
An update on WCWRC’s Current Newcomer Program
- There is a waitlist of women waiting to access these crucial services (waiting lists don’t help anyone)
- There are only 2 Settlement Workers
- Without your support, we cannot maintain both of these positions next year
Federal funding for the program ended last year and we simply had to keep supporting women in such vulnerable and difficult times of their lives. This was only possible because of donations from you, and others like you.
When I give to WCWRC, I know I am supporting the courage and determination of thousands of women struggling against all odds to build better lives. I also know that when women become strong, stable, and confident, our entire community benefits.
Together, we can ensure every woman receives the help they want and need.
Together, we can create meaningful and lasting change.
Thank you so much for caring about women in our community.
Immigrant to Canada