Faith Kamara: Student Success Story
I am from West Africa. I am married and have three children. Two weeks after my arrival to Canada, I started working in a retail store in order to improve my English. As I am originally from a French speaking country my English level was low. I worked in retail for three years. I found that I was able to adapt quickly and efficiently to the Canadian culture and to many different working environments. My strong interpersonal skills and positive attitude have enabled me to integrate with my colleagues and customers and develop valuable friendships. I have become an effective communicator who learns by asking questions.
After the birth of my second child, I stayed at home for six years and received English instruction from my husband, an English teacher. I decided that I needed to go back to school in order to resume my career in the teaching field, rather than just drifting from one minimum wage job to another. With the help of EDGE Career, an Employment Assistance Service, and Employment Manitoba I decided to take the full time Educational Assistant Diploma Program at the University of Winnipeg. I successfully completed the program in February 2013. This was a wonderful opportunity and I came away with a great deal of new knowledge. I was fortunate enough to gain employment immediately in Winnipeg School Division.
Presently I am working every day at two schools and enjoying it very much. My future plan is to further my education and become a teacher as I was in my home country.