SWIS Success Story

Sarah Ahsan SWIS News

My name is Hamada Kassam and it is my pleasure to share with you my story. I am a Syrian newcomer and assistant professor of literature and academic writing. I landed in Canada as a permanent resident in June 2019, coming from Dubai, UAE. I came to Canada with my family (my wife and our son), and we were blessed with another son here in Mississauga, Ontario. It has been an amazing new chapter in our lives so far. Nothing takes the pleasure of seeing our children grow and embrace the happy, enriching school life as well as the abundance of greenery and kindness Canada generously offers.

I would like to seize this opportunity to thank the SWIS worker form CultureLink Settlement and Community Services, whom I met here in Canada through my connections. I was fortunate and grateful to find a settlement worker in Canada upon arrival to provide us with the main skills and services that enable me and my family to settle down. He has assisted me since the moment I landed here. He has helped me and my family to settle down quickly and do everything a newcomer should do in order to adapt and cope in a new country and become an effective member of the community. He has always informed us and kept us updated on the latest news and developments that a newcomer should be aware of. Also, he has always been there whenever I needed information and guidance from him.

We are thankful for the great initiatives taken by the SWIS team at CultureLink to assist and support newcomer families in Canada, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work is moving and inspiring. Their impressive work has enabled me to quickly focus on finding a job and successfully navigate the job market. I am now a high school English and social science teacher who significantly contributes to the community in building and shaping new generations of students in Ontario.

-Dr. Hamada Kassam