Bana's Success Story

Posted at: 18 Dec 2020
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Hello, my name is Bana. When I first came to WorkBC, my employment status was unemployed. I had been studying for the requirement of the desired job position for around two years. Being an immigrant, I had to face many challenges to get employed in my field of experience.

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I was a teacher back home and I have always wanted to work in the same field in Canada. I had to start from scratch. I studied English for one year and I did a full-time program for another year so I would be ready to apply to the school district.

I was doing all this while still fulfilling my responsibilities as a single parent - I was taking care of my three children alone.

When I first came to Canada, I volunteered with Options. I was providing interpretation for ‘Income Assistance’ appointments, intake, filling out forms and English language registration for WorkBC. There, I met Rima and saw how hard she tries to help people get employed. I have also heard how some of my friends got their dream jobs with the help of Work BC. When I felt ready, I talked to Rima and she guided me through the process.

WorkBC employees helped me in many ways - they helped me to improve my resume and cover letter. They also researched my job and sent me some interview questions and general advice so that I could be ready and confident for my interview.

Thanks to the hard work put in by the entire team, I am currently working as an Education Assistant at Surrey Schools.

Thank you so much for your help and support Whalley WorkBC, I really appreciate it.

I want to especially thank Anna Mae Kanwar - Employment Counselor for her help and precious advice. I would also like to give a special thanks to Rima Moubarak, Employer Liaison-Job Coach, for her support, kindness and help throughout this whole process.


WorkBC is the provincial government's access point to the world of work in British Columbia. It was created with one key goal — to help all British Columbians to successfully navigate B.C.'s labour market.