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Welcoming newcomers to our community works best when we work together.   In December 2022, just before Christmas, Nesar left the Caribbean and arrived in Canada via Toronto as a refugee with permanent resident status.  Bound for Thunder Bay, Nesar’s first point of contact in the city was the staff at the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association.  As part of their assistance with settlement, the TBMA reached out to YES to assist with employment for Nesar.  Career Development Practitioner Sharon De Benetti worked with Nesar to explore options, create a resume and find meaningful employment.

With extensive experience in hospitality, Nesar had marketable skills and extensive experience.  With the hospitality industry in Thunder Bay still recovering post-pandemic, YES was able to provide a number of options quickly.  Within a week of connecting with YES, Nesar had an interview with Delta Hotels by Marriott at the Thunder Bay waterfront.

Nesar’s interview went well and a placement contract was drawn up through the Employment Service program.  Nesar’s success in the position was due to the hotel staff recognizing their role in not only providing support and encouragement on the job, but as ambassadors for our city as well.  “I appreciate the encouragement and support of Christal, my supervisor.  She has been amazing” Nesar explained.   Now a permanent member of the housekeeping team, Nesar is grateful for the assistance of the settlement team at TBMA, the YES team who assisted with employment and the team at Delta Hotels by Marriott.

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