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 youth program coordinator Raphael Ochil. Originally, from Ghana, Raphael came to Canada as an international student on a scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies. He now holds a master’s degree in political science with a specialty in public policy. Over the past two years at DIVERSEcity, Raphael has been helping our youth clients scale the hurdles of settling in a new country while also making new friends and growing into young leaders.
Here is a little bit more about Raphael!
Why did you choose to work in a sector that helps newcomers and underserved communities?
I have always loved working in an environment that puts the needs of the client and community first. I like that, at DIVERSEcity, the staff has passion for their work. The diversity of the organization and the drive to make an impact in the settlement space has been great.
What is your hope for the people you help?
My hope is to see youth getting access to all the resources they need to help them achieve their dreams and to see them grow into people equipped to be community leaders.
What is one thing you wish every newcomer knew?
I wish all new immigrants knew about the awesome services DIVERSEcity is providing to newcomers within Surrey and its surrounding communities, especially the exciting youth programs, like DIVERSEyouth and RISE Youth.
What is your favourite dish to eat?
I love fufu. It’s a Ghanaian staple food made from cooked cassava and plantain, pounded together to become smoothly mixed and soft served with hot palm nut soup or vegetable soup, which usually contains variety of meat and fish.
And favourite season?
Spring is my favourite season because I was born in the springtime on April 20.
Read more “People of DIVERSEcity” stories, shared weekly this fall 2021.