Pranjali Wadkar
Country of origin: 
India
Year of arrival to Canada: 
2013
Languages(s) speaks: 
English, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada and Konkani
Education: 
Master of Science (Botany) Bachelor of Education (both from India), Office Administration Certificate (from Canada)
Occupation: 
Teacher (India and Middle East)

Community Involvement:

I am volunteering in settlement services at the Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society in Surrey. I was also involved in the Surrey Library Champions Project.

Interest in the Advisory:

I became interested in Advisory because being new immigrant I think it is an excellent opportunity to develop my different skills, social networking and paying back to the society for the help I received when I was new here in Canada.

Immigrant challenges:

The biggest challenge for immigrants is  finding a suitable job in their field of expertise. Most of the employers prefer a candidate having Canadian experience and on many occasions they don't recognize overseas experience and qualifications. Most of the internationally trained immigrants get frustrated due to this and end up doing survival jobs. It is not a bad idea to start with a survival job however in my view one must not loose his or her focus to ultimately go back to their own field of expertise. Other main challenge faced by most of the new immigrants is language barrier. In Canada verbal communication is such a key, in my opinion all new immigrants need to work meticulously on this aspect.

Vision for Surrey:

My vision for welcoming and inclusive Surrey is that it would be a place where immigrants find easy and timely access to the settlement services, people know and respect cultural diversity and new immigrants feel that this is the right place to stay and work.