“JVS Toronto made starting my life in Canada much easier. The Agency equipped me with the skills and knowledge to overcome any obstacles or challenges I faced.”
As a Social Worker in Ethiopia, Getachew worked to improve the lives of those most vulnerable in his community. When political unrest escalated in his country, the situation grew increasingly unsafe for Getachew, his wife and two children, so the family decided to immigrate to Canada.
When Getachew arrived in Canada, he immediately put his skills to work volunteering with a non-profit, organizing events and participating in community outreach. Getachew had his MSW degree from Ethiopia evaluated by World Education Services (WES); however he was told that he needed to complete academic equivalency courses to gain employment in Social Work. That’s when he found JVS Toronto.
Getachew enrolled in the International Skills Applied for Geriatrics (ISAGE) bridge training program for internationally-trained professionals with a background in Education and Healthcare. Getachew excelled in ISAGE. The academic courses delivered by George Brown College, coupled with JVS Toronto’s pre-employment support, helped him create a Canadian-style resume and complete a 4-month placement aiding seniors in a long-term care facility. At his placement, he was commended for his commitment to learning and his willingness to go above and beyond expectations.
Today, Getachew is a Support Worker in a homeless shelter. His demonstrated competence in his chosen field, along with the support he received through ISAGE, gave him the opportunity to continue doing what he does best – helping others who are vulnerable in our community.