Voices of Immigrant Women

Research Project Introduction & Acknowledgements

Written by AMenzel on October 9, 2019

Introduction:The photographs and stories highlighted in this research project tell the experiences of women who have immigrated to Canada and settled in central Alberta. They were produced as part of a research partnership between Red Deer College and the Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association. The research project, Making Life Easier: A Participatory Assessment of Services for...

Juvel

Written by AMenzel on August 21, 2019

These people and this place really helps me a lot, to settle into Canada. Like the church family - it’s so nice if you have, aside from your family, somebody you can go to and you can have like get together, that fellowship, and you’re looking forward to seeing them every Sunday. I was so desperate to get my RN here, like way back three years ago, but due to finances and we...

Ines

Written by AMenzel on August 21, 2019

When I come here the first time, I don’t understood nothing. When the people talking with me, when I listen somebody’s talking - I was very, very sad and very scared and sometimes I cry because I feel frustrated. Because in my home country, I am a dentist. I am independent, but now here, I no work, I depend to, from my husband, yes? I am not working now. But now I very more confident...

Yvonne

Written by AMenzel on August 21, 2019

My husband always said that we should challenge ourselves a bit more in the world, to see how it is to live somewhere else -- but I was the one that finally suggested, “Okay, let’s go to Canada.” We ended up in Canmore. My husband said, “Well, it’s nice. But maybe we should have a look somewhere else.”  And then finally drove to this area and stopped at...

Sara

Written by AMenzel on August 21, 2019

Es mi hogar, es donde están mi familia, mis hijos y el porque estoy aquí, por ellos. This is my home, it’s where my family is, my children -- and the reason why I’m here, for them. And also because thanks to God, we have a house, a roof over our heads. There are many people who don’t have this, more so in my country.At the beginning people told me that degrees could be validated...

Paola

Written by AMenzel on August 21, 2019

Es muy difícil comunicarse si no hablas inglés. It is very difficult to communicate if you do not speak English. I’m on the waiting list [for English classes]. For example, I arrived in September and in October I did the test telling me at which level I was. And I was told that maybe I could start studying in February. Then October, November, December, January, February – those are...

Nataliia

Written by AMenzel on August 21, 2019

Mackenzie Park, it’s like my favourite quiet place. I feel very comfortable and secure. It’s nature, it’s amazing. When I am available, I go to this place and walk around with my son. And my son told me this is the best place for him.A few months ago I got permanent residency. I was so happy, I was screaming like, “Yes I did that!” Because you need to have level four...

Nandini

Written by AMenzel on August 21, 2019

Alberta had the best tax policies, benefits and best health plan policies, so we chose to immigrate to Alberta out of all the provinces.  And Red Deer because we - my husband and me - wanted to spend more time with each other, and we can do that here.I love this place. Transport is really good.  Like still now, we don’t even feel like buying a car.  So, we are cutting down a...

Nancy

Written by AMenzel on August 21, 2019

I came with a tourist visa for visit my aunty. At the same time I met my husband and everything changed. I was pregnant right away when I get married and I need to go to the doctor like every two weeks because was twins.  Was a hard time because I want to express or answer the doctor, but I couldn’t. I was shamed with that because I want to do it for myself, but I didn’t know too...

Mina

Written by AMenzel on August 21, 2019

The only challenges for me, for my husband, was language barrier. In our country we learn English from childhood, lots of books are English - but we don’t speak English, so the speaking part is very unfortunate part of our life in Canada. I think we got used to it and we improved our language, time by time, but you cannot ignore your nationality and your accent. Canadian people are very...

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