Majid moved to Canada from Iran in 2015. He is an Oil and Gas professional whose international experience in the field ranges from Operations to Engineering. Through his travels, Majid had continuously welcomed the nation of change. Yet, he knew that immigrating to Canada would not be easy.

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4:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards

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Born and raised in Oman’s port capital, Muscat, Amina moved from this picturesque country in the Middle East to Canada just over a year ago.

She has fulfilled various managerial roles at HSBC Oman for over a decade and left her home country to join her husband, but Canada never felt foreign to Amina.

“Since my moving, I have never felt like I moved to a new country as an immigrant and that is because of the warmth and love I have received from the people here.

Giang was born and raised in the tropical country of Vietnam, in Southeast Asia. After achieving a Bachelor Degree in Business, she worked for more than 15 years for various esteemed organizations in the region.

In 2013 Giang and her family decided to move to Canada, and in 2014 they made Calgary their home. A kind and generous nature, Giang decided to join the Volunteer Program at Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) to return the support that she and her family received when coming to the city

Melanie was born and raised in the beautiful country of Cameroon, in Central Africa. She moved to Canada four years ago, and because French was her first language, Montreal was the natural choice for her new home. In 2015 Melanie graduated HEC Montreal business school with a Diploma in Management complemented by a Certificate in Human Resources, and set to discover Western Canada, specifically Calgary.

Sadia, an urban planner with five years of professional experience, is passionate about cities, people and people’s everyday movements within the city.

She was born and raised in Bangladesh, but has lived, studied, and worked in many countries before settling in Canada. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Sadia moved to Calgary in the fall of 2014 with her family.

As she says, “I enjoy exploring new places and making connections with the local people.”

Menchie Sabater was born in Manila. With a background in Electronics and Communications Engineering, she dedicated thirteen years working with the leading telecommunications and digital services provider in the Philippines.

In search of a better quality of life, she moved to Calgary in 2004 with her husband and their three children. She had heard so many great things about Canada and was excited to begin a new chapter in her life.

Before moving to Canada almost three years ago, Gulnaz lived in the Republic of Tatarstan of the Russian Federation. She was a Software Engineer, holding a Master Degree from Kazan State Technical University. However, computers are not Gulnaz’s only interest.

“My other passion is helping animals. I love working with dogs and training them.”

When she moved to Calgary, she brought along her best friend: Volcha, her German shepherd. Back home, they used to dance in the community for kids and their parents.

Ilma joined Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) in March 2015 and since then has selflessly dedicated her time to help others as employment coach, community volunteer, interpreter, and translator.