Your Brave Beginnings for Newcomers Facilitators: Bethel Torres & Harshil Patel

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Bethel Torres has been part of the Skills Centre as admin support and more recently as our new project specialist. Using her professional expertise, especially with languages, and her experience moving to Canada and finding a rewarding job, she knows how to help clients who are new to the country.

“Brave Beginnings is really a unique opportunity for people to adjust to life in Canada and get help finding a job. I am from Mexico, and I have lived in Canada for more than 10 years. I remember how challenging it was to get a job. I would have been so happy to have help like this,” she says.

“It helps so much to be able to talk with someone in the language you are most comfortable speaking. I really encourage people to come in and speak to us and see how we can help them gain the skills they want.”

Driven by her commitment to make a positive impact on our clients, Bethel takes pride in providing support to our programs for newcomers.

Harshil Patel works at the Skills Centre as a program facilitator and placement coordinator. He is fluent in Gujarati, Hindi and English.

“When I came to Canada, I found it very hard to find a job for the first six months that I was here. We know people sometimes have language barriers to learning a new skill or getting a new job. That’s why Bethel and I are excited to offer Brave Beginnings for Newcomers in all of these languages,” he says.

Learning new skills and applying for a job in a new country can be challenging. Helping people build their confidence to take these steps is one of the most important parts of working with clients, Harshil says.

“Brave Beginnings supports participants with individualized employment assistance services, skills training, and financial supports. I am passionate to support newcomers and help them to settle into their new life in Canada,” he says.