Reina Rodriguez

Country of Origin:

Dominican Republic

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Black History/African Heritage, Racism/Discrimination, Aboriginal Issues, Human Rights & Social Justice, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada

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Bio

I have the following degrees from the Dominican Republic: R.P.N Tittle Certifcate, Marketing Tech Certificate, Professional Salesperson Diploma, and a Medical Product Sales Representative Diploma.

Here in Canada, I received English as a Second Language Training from Fleming College and a Cultural Interpreter Certificate of Participation.

I received a Toastmasters International Certificate of participation for public speaking.

Last but not forgotten, I received a Rising Leader Awards Certificate for attending the LeaderCast 2013 and a Certificate of Achievement in recognition for volunteering time and effort as a Passage Speaker in 2016. I am a member of the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration and the New Canadians Centre of Peterborough Women's Group. I do volunteer work for the New Canadians Centre and I am a member of the Catholic Women's League of Canada and did volunteer hours for St. Alphonsus Ligouri Catholic Church. At present I am going to Fleming College Crew looking forwards to obtain my Validation as an Esthetician.

Story

I was born and raise in the City of Mao, Province of Valverde, Dominican Republic, then moved to the city of Santiago when I was a grade 10 student. I come from a family of pioneers. They were among the first settlers of the town where I was born and raised. My family members are well-educated and very loving and family-oriented. Most of them belong to the high society of the town and love to serve our country and the people. The other part of the family are farmers and live off the land and always loved to share their crops with their neighbors . They are very humble, reputable and very loved in the community. Very down to earth people. I am of Christian Catholic Faith.

As I mentioned before, I am very knowledgeable of natural holistic medicine and its practices. I am also a former nurse. I came to live in Canada brought by my then Spouse on February 4, 1994. I am proudly the mother of two beautiful children. Although they are now adults, for me they will be always my babies. I am a graduate of Toastmasters International. I was taught since my early childhood by my ancestors and was ordained a holistic practitioner at the early age of 12 years old. Now I am starting my home-based business as an holistic health practitioner with the name of Reina the 7th. I am very happy to be a Canadian Citizen. The only thing that saddened me a lot over the years is not to have my family members here with me. I have only my children here and none of my family have ever been to Canada. It has been a heartache. My heart has felt broken and torn apart between the two countries and the people that I love so much. My goal is to be able to assist both countries by promoting the positive sides of both cultures here and abroad. I am a strong speaker that promotes and motivates positive thinking and self love and compassion, I defends the rights of the hopeless, abused, and helpless by telling it like it is were applies.