When we look at impact, we tend to focus on the immediate results. But, success hardly ever happens overnight. Achieving your goals takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
We've seen this in our own work supporting newcomers as they build new lives in Canada. We are continually learning, adapting and growing in an effort to provide the best possible means for their success.
Several years ago, we began a social enterprise with our Delightfully Yours Catering Services. Through this initiative, we provided newcomer women with training, workshops, and one-on-one coaching aimed at helping them find meaningful employment in the food industry.
While Delightfully Yours closed a few years later, the work we did still had a positive effect. For the participants who were part of this venture, their experiences were part of a longer journey towards success - one that goes beyond the walls of NYCH.
Kinnari was in our first group of Culinary Employment Trainees. She received hands-on training through the Delightfully Yours Catering Services, obtained her Food Handler Certification, and was able to get advice on furthering her culinary education and starting a career in the food service industry.
Today, Kinnari (together with her husband, Mitesh) is the owner and operator of barBURRITO - fresh Mexican Grill. Their restaurant is located at 50 Market Street in Brantford (just an hour drive from Toronto).
Gloria and Cecilia were also part of our Culinary Employment Training; with a similar path through our social purpose catering company. They earned their Food Handler Certifications and gained a strong understanding of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Now, both women are running their own South American food stalls at the Toronto Weston Flea Market. The market is located at 404 Old Weston Road, and is open on Saturdays and Sundays.
We are incredibly proud of Kinnari, Gloria and Cecilia for their passion and drive. Their achievements remind us that we too are on a journey - and through the missteps, obstacles and changes in direction, our commitment to the success of newcomers is what keeps us going.