At the Immigrant Women Integration Program (IWIP) I grabbed the chance to learn to be a “leader” and to bring about positive change in the life of the people especially women in the community.
I was trying different ways to involve women so that they feel included and get integrated into the Canadian society and tried to know about their needs, issues, and concerns. I started with the little information and knowledge I had. I didn’t know how and where to go for it. I wanted someone to help me and to guide me so as to reach my goal. I had a vision but there was no direction. I was looking for direction. I always believed that leadership is the capacity to translate vision to reality. The training required commitment, dedication, focus and sincerity. There was a lot to absorb.
I started looking at things broadly. As a human being I am very optimistic. I tried to help people, understand them and this gave me a sense of satisfaction. They know that I am there for them. I don’t wait for the things to happen but I try my best to make it happen. I started taking the initiative.
IWIP came to me at the right time and helped me in achieving my goal.
IWIP has changed my whole personality. As a community member, I can understand the needs and concerns of the people in my community in a better way. I have learned a lot and I can use all the tools in all areas of my life. As a resident of my community, I feel that it is my responsibility to contribute to their well being. I feel a sense of belonging to my community. I am more confident and responsible now. I am more optimistic and very passionate about my work.