Lions' Learner Achievement Award Winner
Guadalupe Del Cid Soto Maya
Thank you for having me here today and thank you to the Saskatoon Downtown Lions for supporting READ Saskatoon.
I moved to Saskatoon from Mexico 5 years ago on a work permit with Floral Acres. I was here by myself; my family still in Mexico and I did not know any English. I wanted more job opportunities. What I could make in Mexico in a day, was the same as working for an hour in Canada. I connected with Saskatchewan Intercultural Association and began English classes right away. I found work as a cleaner but knew I didn’t want to do that all my life.
I started with READ Saskatoon in 2017 when I was taking English classes through Sask. Polytech. I needed some support and was referred to the adult program. I passed my class and was accepted into Saskatoon Business College in the Administrative Assistant program. I continued with the same coach until I needed help with math. I was grateful when Beth found Will, someone to help me with accounting. I will graduate this fall and hope to find employment in this area.
Thank you again.