Mentee Profile:  Adam Berrada

Mentee Profile:  Adam Berrada

After working in journalism and media relations in Morocco, Adam craved a change so he moved with his young family to Canada in September 2019.

They immigrated through the Express Entry program for skilled workers. The first place they lived was close to the OCISO office, so he inquired about services offered for newcomers.

Adam’s first step was to participate in employment workshops for about four months. Then he joined OCISO’s mentorship program.

“My mentor was the perfect match,” remarks Adam. “We got along quickly, speak the same language and have worked in the same sector.”

“Prior to the job interview, I met my mentor three times and she helped me prepare,” explained Adam.

He started his new job with a not-for-profit arts organization in the middle of March, just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. He has worked from home since becoming employed.

“Having a mentor made a huge difference,” says Adam. “The quality of finding the right match was perfect. It was a great help. It helped me to emphasize major strengths and positive parts of my profile. My mentor was there to help me in many ways that really made a difference.”

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OCISO supports immigrants through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing.

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We are community based non-profit organization that has been providing services in Ottawa since 1978. We are motivated by the stories of new immigrants, and we are there every stage of the journey. OCISO directly serves over 10,000 immigrants and refugees every year. Our work is augmented by the generous efforts of our enthusiastic, caring and talented staff, volunteers, both established and new Canadians.