Joana Valamootoo, 26, worked as Project Development Officer, responsible for circular migration in France and Canada, the National Empowerment Foundation (NEF). She says she took "a chance." Now she is the new Employment Services Officer and Settlement Counsellor at the ACF (ACF) in Regina, capital of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The ACF is the'' all Francophones thirteen electoral districts in the province.
" My new functions are to assist newcomers Francophone and bilingual in their job search as well as procedures for their establishment, " says the young woman, who is from Beau Bassin and attended college Eden, Rose Hill.
The degree in sociology from the University of Mauritius says she, on his arrival, had the right to a warm welcome at the airport in Regina's Deputy Director Employment and Immigration and a residential counselor. " Miriam, who helped me in my adaptation, has also become a friend , "she adds. She continues that their support has been very useful: " They found me a home and they helped me with my papers, such as social insurance number, health card. "
A Regina adds Mauritian, rent is expensive but the food is " not really, especially when compared with Mauritius, which every day becomes more expensive " . This is one of the reasons, she said, why Saskatchewan hosts a large number of immigrants in the province.
And if it does not reveal directly the amount of his salary, Joana Valamootoo says it does not pay a lot of taxes, compared to other provinces of Canada: " I just arrived but according to my calculations, I can save about 1500 dollars or Rs 43,500 per month. "
Accomdations, Joana Valamootoo sharing an apartment with Tara, a girl who studies at the University of Regina.
This has also facilitated its adaptation in this city is the friendliness of its people: " I was surprised the first time I went into a grocery store. The person asked me how my new and I spent the day, when I saw her for the first time. "
Nevertheless, it shows that many Canadians do not know Maurice. "Even after a few geographical explanations, they have trouble locating our island."
Joana Valamootoo recognizes that all is not rosy in Saskatchewan: " For example, last week it snowed a lot. It was minus 20 degrees Monday night. And they told me that the worst is yet to come. During the first three months of the year, the temperature can drop to minus 45 degrees. " But even if this perspective gives him goosebumps, she said that " if others were able to adapt, why not me ? "
For the young woman aspires to settle permanently in Regina, obtain a permit resident and Canadian citizenship. "I also intend to continue my studies, despite the fact that my parents, my friends, my boyfriend Theervin, the beach and the sun I miss a lot , "she says.She says she is very grateful to his family, who were very supportive.
Which describes itself as a " simple girl "and who is tomorrow politician ends by advising Mauritians who have the chance to go to Canada, do not hesitate. "It is an experience in gold, absolutely seize."