Every organization has stories to share. Sometimes, these stories get lost in the shuffle of day-to-day operations. When you’re an organization that focuses Canada-wide, it can be easy to forget why we do it.

This page is an opportunity for us to share the stories of just a few of the people who we’ve been able to help over the years. It’s an opportunity to remind ourselves of the importance of the work that we do, and to show the impact we’ve had on individual lives.

Peace of mind

Katherine Keeping

Katherine is a Thunder Bay resident who sells healing gem oils. She’s had a varied past: she was once a communications officer for the military before moving on to theatre production.

When theatre became economically unsustainable, Katherine began looking for other opportunities. WEC and PARO were there to help her along her way to becoming a business owner.

Peace of mind

Serah Gazali

Serah is a resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, who is currently doing her Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia on the topic of belonging. It’s a topic that is very important to her.

She has spent much of her life helping others belong, working with refugee-assistance organizations across North America to help people from war-torn countries start new lives.

She became a founding member of and participant in the Arab Women’s Cluster, a part of our Cluster Project . The cluster was a huge success, creating connections and encouraging the development of new business ideas for all participants.