By Jeremiah Rodriguez CTVNews
When Sara Asalya immigrated to Canada with her young family from the Palestinian territories nine years ago, she knew very little English and she had few connections to build on.
“I had no social capital. I had to build it from scratch,” Asalya told CTVNews.ca in a phone interview on Wednesday.
“But the upbringing experience of immigrant children is about never giving up, about being resilient, about being courageous because they have seen the journey of their parents.”
This mentality persisted as Asalya gained a master’s degree in education and now runs a program out of Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto helping to build up leadership capacity among immigrant women.
But stories like hers are not uncommon, new data suggests.