At DIVERSEcity, we often share the incredible stories of the newcomers and diverse community members who we support as they build their life in Canada. Behind the scenes, the people of DIVERSEcity, many of whom are immigrants themselves, have their own lived experiences to share. DIVERSEcity would not be the community-building, charitable organization it is without the dedication and passion of our amazing employees and volunteers, who have shown us what resilience means during this ongoing pandemic. Which is why we’re spotlighting them in a series called “People of DIVERSEcity.”
This week we talk to multicultural victim services outreach worker, Kimmy. Originally from Iraq, Kimmy immigrated to Canada with her family when she was young girl. She recalls her parents wanting to raise their children in a safe place with many opportunities. Kimmy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with experience in outreach and professional support. Although her journey with DIVERSEcity began recently, Kimmy has quickly embraced what it means to be a DIVERSEcity community member.
Here is a little bit more about Kimmy!
What do you like about DIVERSEcity?
What I like most about DIVERSEcity is the energy of the workplace environment. I walk into the office, and I don’t feel judged. I admire the insights and dedication that everyone brings to the job. It’s rewarding to be among people who truly care and value the work they do and the clients they serve.
Why did you choose to work in a sector that helps newcomers and underserved communities?
I chose to work in this sector because I want to support newcomers with mental health accessibility and system navigation as I believe it is essential to settling in a new country. The Canadian system is quite difficult to navigate for the average Canadian, so imagine how difficult it must be for newcomers, especially if language is a barrier. Growing up, I watched my parents struggle a lot. We wish they knew about organizations like DIVERSEcity. With my knowledge about resources and system navigation, I hope to support as many newcomers as possible transition and settle into Canada safely and comfortably.
What is your hope for the people you help?
I hope that DIVERSEcity’s health promotion services can continue to address the mental health needs of our clients. I hope we can help normalize and destigmatize seeking out mental health support across various cultures.
Coffee or tea?
I don’t drink coffee, but I love drinking matcha every morning to start my day! Throughout the day, I love drinking chai or green tea.
What are you reading right now?
I am currently reading The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.
Do you have a favourite season?
My favorite season is fall. I enjoy when the weather starts getting a bit colder and the leaves begin to change colours. I love fall fashion more than anything!
Read more “People of DIVERSEcity” stories, shared weekly this fall 2021.