Mavis, from Tianjin China, first came to Canada on a scholarship to complete an M.B.A. at University Canada West. As she was enjoying her time studying and living in Vancouver, Mavis decided to apply for the open work permit afforded to graduating students. For her first job in Canada, Mavis worked as a barista at Starbucks. While getting used to the extensive drink menu and the subtle nuances of Canadian work culture at Starbucks, Mavis was introduced to man who would become her boyfriend. But there was a problem. He lived in Campbell River! As Mavis and her boyfriend developed their long-distance relationship, she wanted to spend more time together. After her request to be transferred to the Starbucks in Campbell River was accepted, Mavis decided to make her move.
It was at this time when Mavis first encountered the Immigrant Welcome Centre (IWC). After being scammed by someone claiming to be a landlord, Mavis required assistance in finding an apartment. The settlement team at IWC helped her to find a suitable place with a trust-worthy landlord and a bond was created. Mavis returned to the IWC to understand her options to apply for residency and to get help looking for better employment opportunities, too.
After some time passed, a position opened up at the IWC the staff thought would suit Mavis perfectly. It took some convincing, but she eventually applied and accepted a job as an outreach worker in our Port Hardy location. Recently, Mavis has rejoined us at our Campbell River location under a new position as a settlement worker. With Mavis’ experiences with the immigration process and her ability to empathize with clients, she has become both a popular settlement worker and a great team member.
“I am so glad I got to know the IWC when I came to Campbell River for the first time. I have received so much support from them, especially when I needed the right guidance to settle down in this community. IWC has been my beacon in the dark.” – Mavis