Author name: Claudia

Emotional knowledge has given me the freedom I didn’t have before: Sandra’s Story

By Claudia Porras  It has been almost 20 years since Sandra lived day-to-day at the radio stations of Montevideo and Uruguay, creating ad campaigns for local businesses. Surprises in life led her to move to Canada, and she arrived here with her dreams in her suitcase.  It was not easy for her to start over …

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Martha Story

In MNLCT I found a team of friendly professionals: Martha’s Story 

By Claudia Porras As a teacher, Martha has dedicated her entire life to guiding others. She is a native of Nicaragua. She was a tutor in elementary school and a teacher in high school for adult education. She has worked for various agencies of the United Nations system in Nicaragua. Four years ago, she had …

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Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto has a lot of angels: Lourdes’ Story 

By Vlad Umnov Lourdes calls herself a “very strong woman”. A few years ago, she lost everything – her independence, her home, her mobility. But you would never believe it if you met this smiling, energetic woman.  Lourdes came to Canada from Mexico City in the 1990s. “I have been living in this beautiful country …

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I dream of becoming independent again, feeling useful: Ana Maria’s Story

By Claudia Porras Life showed Ana Maria a difficult side when, during a long and painful recovery from cancer, her daughter moved out and Ana Maria was left to meet her rehabilitation challenges alone. With limited financial resources, she had to find a new home, and then on top of that, she did not speak …

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MNLCT provided me with a family that I did not have in my new country: Fatima’s Story

Fatima, 29, arrived in Canada 5 years ago, breathing a heavy sigh of relief and relishing the opportunities for a new and better life. Two years later, she began to realize that dreaming of moving to Canada and settling in once arriving here were two completely different things. Then in a timely moment, a friend …

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You made me feel valuable in a moment of vulnerability: Cinthia’s Story

Ten years ago, Cinthia left her home to start a new life in Canada. She spent nine of those years chasing dreams that remained fleeting. She felt like she was surrounded by a large body of water and yet she remained thirsty. There were moments when she would question her decision to migrate to Canada. …

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After completing the BREM program, I was immediately hired: Uma’s Story

Uma Viswanathan talks about her career success after recently graduating from the mental health bridging program. After completing the BREM program, I was immediately hired as a First Call Care Counsellor at Homewood Health. I am happy to be working as a part of the Client Service Team providing counselling under the Wellness Together Canada Project. We …

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