Hi! My name is Omni and I am 15 years old. I immigrated to Canada when I was 11 from Nigeria, West Africa, with my parents and my four little sisters. My Dad came 6 months before the rest of us to get everything settled.
I remember really missing him and it was really scary travelling without him. I had never flown in a plane before and it was kind of scary but my mom told us everything would be okay. That experience really brought our family even closer together. It was tough when we first came to Canada because we didn’t speak English very well and it was so cold and unfamiliar.
My first day of school that year was really overwhelming but I was lucky to have met some really great friends; Paige and Blake. They both helped me find my way around and were so kind. Three years later things are so much different. I am now the head of the schools youth council and we have started a group at school to help other immigrant youth new to the school. Last year, I meet Fatima this really cool youth worker at the Girlville Youth Centre. She is really easy to talk to and just listens and when I need help she is there to give me information and suggestions. I really look up to her and she always encourages me to be the best I can be and challenge and inspire others to be their best too.
Hi! I’m Fatima and I have been working here for the past two years. I love working at the GYC- it really is the best job ever. I get to meet inspiring and really cool young girls every day.
It wasn’t that long ago I was a teenager myself and I remember how hard it was sometimes and all the questions I had about the changes I was going through and the challenges I was facing.
I remember wishing I had someone to talk to about those things because I found it hard to talk to my parents about it. I am happy that I can be a trusted person that the girls of Girlville you can talk to.
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