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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

FIRST ANNIVERSARY WITH GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE




       I am very fortunate to celebrate my first anniversary with Global Eyes Magazine. Wow! All my gratitude goes to Beatrice “Mom B” Watson for giving me the opportunity to be a contributor. What an amazing experience! Mom B thanks for all your sacrifices. You spent hours updating this quarterly magazine that is your masterpiece. 
     
     GEM informed me a lot about the African and Caribbean community in Winnipeg. I discovered new talents, exciting cultural events and met volunteers very involved in the community. GEM allowed me to tell my story, obstacles faced and happy moments included. Being immigrant was a huge challenge like the culture shock for example. France and Canada belong to the western world but people’s lifestyles, values and belief systems are so different. 

      Providentially, time made thing better. I learned perseverance, became more courageous and bold. I completely changed. Even my relatives won’t recognize me! I gained maturity and weight (unfortunately). My English improved through English Additional Language programs. Since March 2016, I have been involved with the Toastmasters International (Confidently Speaking club). It was quiet frightening to speak in public in my second language. Now the inevitable stomach butterflies won’t bug me at all. Nervousness, shaking and sweating were completely mastered for now on. 

       Other good news! As you noticed summer is back, so life too (lol). Just look around, you’d see more happy faces, more cyclists, more people walking in the neighbourhood and more barbecues in backyards. People usually made New Year resolutions. To me, summer is the best time to do so. Like riding my bike or going for a walk during lunch time. Colourful Winnipeg enriched its communities with museums, preserved heritage, parks, lakes and various cultural activities. I am eager to visit new pavilions during the next Folklorama, taste new meals and meet more wonderful people. I really enjoy Winnipeg in summer. I wish you all to spend good times with friends and relatives. Talk to you soon!

By Benebr

 With the authorization of Global Eyes Magazine (Manitoba African and Carribean Quaterly Magazine) - Summer 2016 page 9.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

IMMIGRER AU CANADA … QUELLE GRANDE AVENTURE!!



    Je vis au Canada depuis plus de 3 ans. Winnipeg est mon premier contact avec le sol canadien. Je suis française d’origine ivoirienne (Côte d’Ivoire-Afrique de l’ouest) par mes parents. J’ai grandi en France où j’ai eu des bons moments. Pendant que j’étais fière de ma double culture, je luttais pendant plusieurs années pour occuper un poste relatif à mes études en ressources humaines et recherche en sciences du travail. J’étais confrontée à la dure réalité de la discrimination raciale au travail. 

     Après plusieurs années d’expérience en tant qu’assistante ressources humaine/administrative, j’ai décidé d’améliorer mon niveau d’anglais. Je suis partie explorer l’Australie, les kangourous, les koalas et bien sûr des cours d’anglais intensifs. De retours en France, j’ai obtenu des emplois bilingues mais en dessous de mes qualifications académiques. 

     Alors je me suis envolée au Canada, terre pleine de promesse. Après mon arrivée à Winnipeg, j’ai complétement déchantée. Mes diplômes n’étaient pas reconnus…donc retour à la case départ. À ceci s’ajoute la fortune que j’ai dépensée pour mes permis de travail et pour ma résidence permanente. Bref, les mauvais jours sont derrière moi, je sais qu’avec beaucoup de foi et de patience, l’avenir sera brillant. La différence avec la France est que la réussite est possible au Canada pour les minorités visibles. Salutations!

Avec l'amiable autorisation de Global Eyes Magazine (Manitoba African and Carribean Quaterly Magazine) - Été 2015, page 7. 

MIGRATE TO WINNIPEG… SUCH A GREAT ADVENTURE!!


    I have lived in Winnipeg for more than 3 years. Winnipeg was my first contact with the Canadian soil. I am French with an Ivoirian (Ivory Coast-West Africa) background. I grew up in France where I had some good times. Meanwhile I have been proud of my double culture, I thrived to find a position related to my studies in Human Resources and Research in Labour Sociology for years. I was confronted to the harsh reality of racial discrimination. 

    After many years of working as a Human Resources/Administrative Assistant, I have decided to improve my English skills. Then, in 2009, I went to Australia. I discovered kangaroos, Koalas, the warm weather and I worked very hard during intensive English classes. Back to France, I got some bilingual positions but it was way below my academic. 

     So I flew to Canada, the promise land. Since I got to Winnipeg, I have been disappointed. My credentials were not valid. I have to start all over. And I spent lot of money for my Work Visa and Permanent Residency status. Anyway, the bad days are over, I know that with a lot of faith and patience, my future will be brighter. Contrary to France, I know that success is possible for visible minorities in Canada. Greetings!

By Benebr

With the authorization of Global Eyes Magazine (Manitoba African and Carribean Quaterly Magazine) - Summer 2015, page 7.