Career Exploration Evening: Careers in the Settlement Sector

Photo Credit: UBC Global Lounge

Students, are you looking to make an impact in the lives of refugees and immigrants? Join us to explore career and volunteer opportunities in the settlement sector and gain advice from early career professionals!

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Simon KY Lee Global Lounge, UBC
Light dinner offered.

UBC Students, please register for this event using CareersOnline. Other students, please RSVP directly with Sarah Cameron, International Transition Advisor, at

This networking event connects current students interested in building a career supporting refugees and other newcomers with early-career professionals in the settlement sector to learn about their own paths, successes and advice. Professionals from AMSSA, ISSofBC, MOSAIC, PIRS, WUSC, SUCCESS, and others will be joining us!

Students will:

  • Meet with early-career professionals;
  • Network with other students interested in this career path;
  • Learn about the field and the skills and experience required.

Professionals will:

  • Connect and network with current students;
  • Share practical tips on making a successful transition from UBC to a career in the settlement sector;
  • Provide insight and expertise as an Industry Professional;
  • Network with other professionals.

Panel Speakers

Ali Hussein, Settlement Youth Worker – Settlement Program, ISS of BC
Ali Hussein is a Settlement Youth Worker at ISSofBC. Besides running some of the weekly activities at the Youth Hub, he is also responsible coordinating and developing Multicultural Youth Circle (MY Circle) Program. Over the past three years, He has worked with various non-profit and public research Canadian and Kenyan universities in exploring innovative ways of making post-secondary education available to refugee students in Dadaab, the largest protracted refugee camp in the world. Ali Hussein enjoys playing soccer and boxing.

Amy Cheng, Strategic Initiatives & Integration Manager,  S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Amy Cheng is the Strategic Initiatives & Integration Manager with S.U.C.C.E.S.S., one of Canada’s largest immigrant and refugee-serving agencies. Amy has a MA in Communications and more than six years of experience in the social services sector. In her current role with S.U.C.C.E.S.S., she provides support in the areas of research, community and government engagement, policy and data analysis, as well as funding and program development.

Yumi Onozawa, Manager, Youth Programs, MOSAIC
Yumi Onozawa immigrated to Canada in 1998 from Japan. After teaching comparative religions at the University of Calgary, she moved to Vancouver in 2010. At MOSAIC, where she currently works, Yumi has served diverse immigrant communities, including seniors, Temporary Foreign Workers, and newcomer families in their process of settlement. She learned their challenges, listened to their frustration, and enjoyed their success stories. With a team of youth workers, she is now working with at risk immigrant youth who face difficulties such as language fluency, academic standards, acculturation and integration, and isolation. Yumi is dedicated to developing a healthy multicultural community in Greater Vancouver.

This event is part of After the Flight: Community-University Refugee & Migration Symposium hosted by AMSSA, MOSAIC, ISSofBC, Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST), the Vancouver Immigration Partnership, UBC Community Engagement, UBC Liu Institute for Global Issues and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, UBC International Student Development, the UBC Graduate Student Migration Network, and the UBC Equity and Inclusion Office.

Find more details on symposium events between October 11th – October 19th here.