Sukhjit Singh

Country of Origin:

India

Themes:

Citizenship, Immigration, Asian Heritage, Racism/Discrimination, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity, Adjusting to Life in Canada

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Bio

RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Recipient - 2013

Newcomer Gem Volunteer Award Recipient - 2013

Most Collaborative Leader Award - 2014

Outstanding Community Outreach Strategist - 2016

Sukhjit Singh, came to Canada in September 2009 with his wife and daughter, after spending almost ten years as a counselor and facilitator in the field of higher education (Engineering and Management).

He got his first career break within six months of landing in Canada by empowering others and using innovative tools. He was helping others while being helped by others. His continuous learning along with skills and experience assisted him in the following positions: Settlement Worker, Enhance Language Training - Program Coordinator, and Information Counselor. He is also a certified interpreter/translator. His most recent position was at Sheridan College as an Academic Recruitment Specialist. He now works at a non-profit organization based in Mississauga.

When he landed with his family, he knew that life in Canada will be mixed with ups and downs. He was equipped with information and resources before landing in this beautiful country. He swiftly learned the tricks of the trade in job hunting by attending the Job Finding Club.

Sukhjit followed non-traditional ways of job hunting; he got first paid position as a Settlement Worker in Peel Multicultural Council in Mississauga. During this short period of time he was able to make an impression in the field of settlement and employment while serving newcomers and internationally educated professionals in Canada.

He is an active member of online community blogs which help newcomers in Canada. He got himself involved in community work by taking a new approach to help individuals and families who are in need of right information during the process of settlement in Canada. Sukhjit is a Certified Information and Referral Specialist ( CIRS-AIRS, Canada ) and also a Certified Career and Employment Information Specialist (CEIS,Canada) and a Certified Career Strategist ( CCS, Canada). He is also a MBA (Information Technology from Amity University, India ) , B.Sc in Computer Engineering( Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland,U.K), Diploma in Computer Programming and Application, Diploma in Sales and Marketing.

Sukhjit Singh, a strong support of social and civic inclusion for newcomers to Canada, feels that volunteer work is not only a way to gain Canadian work experience but it is the best way to participate and learn about Canada. Volunteering has become a passion for him and his car trunk is loaded with resources for newcomers and he never hesitates to give away those resources, whenever he gets a chance.

He volunteers with a number of organizations including VMBC, Ontario Ministry of Labour, CIIP, Interfaith Council of Peel, Peel Newcomer Strategy Group, Peel District School Board and many more.

Story

My name is Sukhjit Singh. I am a change agent and love helping new immigrants to Canada, and to continue inspiring people with my story over and over. My story is a story of just about any immigrant to Canada and I love sharing the wonderful experiences I have had during and before my journey to Canada.

My simple yet motivational story begins way before I came to Canada as an immigrant. It begins from the days when I applied to come to Canada in 1997-98 as a young student. After my high school, I did Diploma in Computer Programming and Application, and applied to get a Canadian visa as a student for higher studies but couldn't come due to various reasons. That unsuccessful experience made me lose my passion for Canada and also made me give up my studies for a bit due to stress.

Instead of Canada, destiny took me to a beautiful Middle Eastern country, Muscat , where I was hired to teach computers to undergradate and postgraduate students at one of the top universities. I had a great experience with the country's traditions and hospitality, as well as having a pleasantly surprising experience for the respect I received. In the same university, there was representation from 35 different countries.

As a young professional, it was the first time I actually explored my own my own identity and identity . The questions asked by my colleagues and students helped me to explore and learn more about my own religion and why we practice it the way we do. I was pretty comfortable dealing with diverse communities but learning in depth about my own religion gave me the much needed confidence and strengthen about my own identity.

In 2004, I got married and this marriage of mine was another beautiful example of my traditional values where my family chose my bride for me with all their love and care and I trusted them for their wisdom and honesty for me. This is a typical South Asian tradition and I am proud that I continued my tradition and brought happiness to the family.

As a happy go lucky new couple, my wife and I started planning for Canada based on suggestions from colleagues. During the application process, I started researching my new home. I created folders on my computer to collect facts, figures, information about Canada and I named these "La La Land "and Chalo Canada (let's go to Canada)". Then our first child, our daughter was born in 2007 and brought a new wave of happiness. After a long yet soul motivating journey, we finally landed on Canadian soil in year September 2009.

Since my landing in Canada, working with newcomer to Canada became my passion and that passion lead me to play various role in various non-profit organizations in Peel region. I have my own vision/ brand statement: Right information and right connections will lead you to do the right thing.