I spoke at the Career day for immigrant girls at Edmonton Mennonite Center for newcomers on Thursday 12th December 2019, I was a guest speaker at the Edmonton Mennonite Center for newcomers, at the “Career day for immigrant girls”. I was thrilled when I first got the invite because I am a motivational speaker and a coach (at least in my head, for now).
Speaking has always been one of my talents and even though I have never had any formal speaking engagement in the past, I gladly accepted the invitation to be an official speaker at this noble program.
The EMCN helps to resettle newcomers to Edmonton, Alberta mostly by giving them access to resources, programs and courses to help them start new careers or map out a path to success in their new city.
Being invited not just as a guest but as an official speaker at such a program was a big deal for me. I am an immigrant to Canada and even though I didn’t go to the Mennonite center when I got here, I still know how useful and beneficial such programs can be for new immigrants.
The target audience for the talk was young girls; a group of people I am very passionate about. I believe young girls should be empowered in every way because they make up an integral part of society and a lot of issues affecting them have a rippling effect on society.
As the founder of Dami Fierce clothing, I arrived at the Edmonton Mennonite Center wearing a 3-Piece outfit I made, cos I mean I had to rep my own brand.
Other speakers at the event are renowned women in their respective fields and I felt privileged to be sharing a table with them. Among them was a sergeant of the Edmonton Police, a world renowned poet, an engineer, a geomodeller, an Associate Professor from the faculty of nursing, University of Alberta, who also happens to be the principal investigator on health and immigration policies and practices research program, a psychologist and me, a Fashion Designer! These women have spent over 15 years in their respective careers. Here I was, in less than a year into my career, sharing a table with all these people. What was even more interesting is that; like me, they are all members of a visible minority group and that was really important for the girls to see successful people who look just like them.
My take home from that event was it doesn’t matter if you feel qualified or not, it doesn’t matter if your growth is slow, slow growth is still growth. People are eager to hear your story, put yourself in a position to make people want to hear about you, put in the work, grind, hustle, make your noise, and watch things fall into place eventually….
And to answer your question of if im successful as a designer, I would say not yet but soon. What I know is I am in a positive head space and that also counts as successful… as for financial success, please buy a piece from us and contribute to the growth of the brand. Kindly Join our facebook community “here” and follow us on Instagram “here”
Kindly note that I am open to more speaking engagements, especially when it is about fashion, entrepreneurship and immigrants. So please reach out if you have interesting events and I will find time to attend depending on my schedule.
Have a nice day wherever you are!
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