A good place to start
Sidebar to Sam's Place article. From the March 2019 issue of The Marketplace magazine https://www.meda.org/articles/features/1565-building-futures-at-sam-s-place
By John Longhurst
We handle it every day, so we never think about how challenging our colorful money looks to non-Canadians.
Arshdeep Kaur knows.
The 23-year-old immigrated to Canada from India last summer with plans to attend college in fall.
Since she had time before classes started, she decided to volunteer — it would be a way, she thought, to learn more about Canada, network and make new friends.
Sam’s Place turned out to be a perfect fit.
“I had never had a cappuccino before,” she says. “I don’t even drink coffee.”
But now she is skilled at the counter, making drinks for customers, as well as working in the kitchen.
As a bonus, working the till means she quickly learned about Canadian currency.
“I’m learning more about life in Canada, about Canadians, improving my people skills,” she says. “Now I understand Canadians better, I know what to say, what not to say.”
She did so well as a volunteer that Sam’s Place hired her for several shifts a week, as well as during holidays.
“The ambience is so homey,” she says, adding her goal is to open her own business in Canada.
“For me, this has been a good place to start, to get experience.”
But she doesn’t expect to ever drink coffee.
“That’s a Canadian thing.” ◆