Q: How long have you worked at SECC?
A: I started in September 2016, but I feel I have been here forever, I mean it in a good way. 🙂
Q: What do you remember about your first day?
A: I was so nervous, but everybody was so welcoming and made me feel at ease, I felt at home. Everyone was so ready to help in my training.
Q: What is the highlight of your career here at SECC so far?
A: Being able to help people in general and the refugees/newcomers to the Leamington area.
Q: What is your favourite song of all time?
A: It’s a cover by Adele “Let you feel my love”. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson, especially if it was done by a church choir.
Q: Name one thing on your bucket list.
A: I would like to tour around Italy, all expenses paid of course. 🙂
Q: Who was the one person who had the greatest impact on you and why?
A: My sister. She lived in a time that was very hard for a woman to peruse her education, and then have a career, and run her own business, in a world governed by men.
Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I wanted to be a doctor, but could not because of war and displacement; and living in a country that would not allow immigrants to go into universities. This is why when I had a chance to come to Canada I jumped at it. It is so good to be able to do what you want in a country that takes you and treats you as a citizen, even before you get your citizenship card.
Q: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A: I would love to learn to play the piano.
Q: What was the greatest meal you have ever eaten?
A: It is a traditional meal that my mother used to make. Nobody else knows how to make it her way.
Q: You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you going to go?
A: I would go to Macca, Saudi Arabia. I would like to visit the city and do my pilgrimage again. It has been 28 years since I have been back to the city. The spiritual experience is exactly what I need in my life now.
Q: If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
A: I think I would like to stay the same age. I worked so hard to get here. I have the love of my family, I have great friends, and the new addition is a great job with amazing people. I can’t ask for more.
Badiah and her colleagues in Language & Settlement services help Newcomers to Canada settle in their new homes by assisting with immigration paperwork, interpretation and language classes.