My name is Essien-anwan Akomolafe. Last year, I was trying to gain my footing in a new terrain (Saskatoon) as a landed immigrant. I learned about the YWCA Job Finding Club through social media. When I inquired about it with the employment counselor, he was very kind and invited me to come in and register for the following week.
The Job Finding Club was very informative, and worthwhile. I pursued my First Aid training and began working in a casual customer service position, which aided me to gain knowledge about the Canadian work experience. A couple of weeks later, I secured a one-year contract job in the oil and gas industry in Alberta. I attribute this life changing opportunity to the YWCA!
I felt that the YWCA was a cause I want to identify with and support.
It is said that “to whom much is given, much is expected.”
As a way of showing my appreciation, I decided to sow a monthly seed with this cause in order to help others in any capacity, and I donate in honour of my late father, Edet Attah.
It takes a heart of caring and commitment to help end violence and against woman and children and community; to help create an educational environment that recognizes potential and builds empowerment; and to create a safe and equitable community for all. Whether you are a woman fleeing family violence, a family needing housing, a parent looking for child care programs, or a job seeker looking for employment and improving skills–help is near.
YWCA Saskatoon has touched my life, and I would encourage others to support the YWCA in helping others navigate their journeys.