Building on experience through language
Architect Khosrow Mohajeri came to Canada from Iran four years ago with his wife, his children, and their families. Arriving in Canada, Khosrow had an abundance of skills but, without English, his work prospects were limited.
Through the classes at St. Stephen's, Khosrow can better communicate and he feels much more confident about his prospects of finding work.
"I've learned so much about the language here at St. Stephen's and about how to apply for jobs," he says. "I have experience in my country and I want to use that here. I need to speak English to tie all my skills together. St. Stephens has also helped me find a class to take in AutoCad."
As well as learning about the language, the cheerful Khosrow finds that class outings and the speakers that come to St. Stephen's expand his horizon and understanding of Canada and its multicultural character. He takes part in an array of social and civic events through the House.
"They teach us about Canadian elections and how I can vote," he says. "We have practiced voting. We are always going to events; on Toronto Islands, Parliament Buildings in Ottawa, City Hall and everywhere. The classes at St. Stephen's give me an opportunity to participate in Canadian life and to really live my new life! I am so grateful to my teachers and [the] staff."