Meet Shannon. She is the Coordinator of the Civic Engagement for Immigrant Women Program at CIWA.
Shannon first heard of CIWA through her professor at the University of Calgary. At the time, the professor had left the university and started at CIWA as a Civic Engagement Coordinator. Shannon applied for a job as a Youth-Civic Engagement facilitator and later moved into the Coordinator role. She has now been working at CIWA for more than ten years! Congratulations Shannon!
She was born in Alberta, but left Canada for about 10 years, living and travelling overseas. She has a deep understanding of the immigrant experience, having experienced it herself in South Korea and Nigeria, and is grateful for the settlement support she received in these countries. When she returned to Canada, she sponsored her late husband to be a Canadian citizen. She enjoys working with immigrant women because she wants to “pay it forward” and because she loves to see the confidence that comes from believing they can build a great life in Canada.
Shannon’s proudest accomplishment is being a mother to her son Elijah. In her free time, she loves to thrift off of Kijiji, complete DIY and renovation projects, dance, make art, and memorize the lyrics to rap songs. She also holds a black belt in Kumdo (Korean sword fighting).
To learn more about the Civic Engagement Program click here.