A mother’s journey: Malalay’s pursuit of a brighter future in Canada

May 12, 2024

By: Guangke Dai, Communications Officer                                                 A mother’s journey

When Malalay arrived in Canada from Afghanistan in August 2022, she was driven by the desire to secure a better future for her three young children, particularly her two daughters. Deeply concerned about the limited educational and employment opportunities for women and girls in her home country, Malalay left behind a notable career as a gynecologist, obstetrician, and university lecturer to find a community in Canada where her family could thrive.

Reflecting on her initial days in Canada, Malalay shares, “Upon arriving, I was overwhelmed by the sense of peace and respect for diversity here. It affirmed that I made the right decision for us.” Eager to adapt to her new surroundings, she quickly enrolled in MOSAIC’s Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program.                  A mother’s journey

The LINC classes have been transformative for Malalay, not only equipping her with critical language skills but also providing a comprehensive overview of life in Canada. These classes address a wide range of essential topics that help newcomers settle and effectively navigate their new lives. Specific areas of focus include developing vocabulary and practicing themed conversations related to healthcare, employment, and the banking system.

Additionally, the childminding services at the Burnaby Language Centre have been invaluable, allowing her to focus on her studies while her two-year-old is cared for in a nurturing environment.

It was in one of these classes that Malalay learned about the Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), a crucial financial tool for saving for her children’s education in Canada. This knowledge was a turning point, inspiring her to secure her children’s educational futures and significantly easing her concerns about their schooling expenses.

Now, having opened a RESP account for her children, Malalay is optimistic about their educational prospects. “As soon as they graduate from high school, I’m confident they will be able to continue their higher education here in Canada,” she confidently states.

When asked about her goals, Malalay reflects on her dual role as a learner and a mother. Each day, as she enhances her English skills and deepens her understanding of Canadian society, she lays down a foundation not only for her children’s success but also for her own professional future. Her immediate goal is to advance her language proficiency and pursue further education, aiming in the long term to re-enter the medical profession and contribute meaningfully to both the community and the Canadian workforce.

“I will say, MOSAIC is not only an organization; it’s a part of newcomers’ lives in Canada,” she remarks.

Malalay’s story is a powerful testament to resilience and dedication—a mother’s love guiding her family through new challenges and opportunities in Canada. Her experience underscores the crucial role MOSAIC plays in supporting newcomer families, ensuring that mothers like Malalay have the tools to build successful futures for themselves and their children.

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), offers free language training to eligible newcomers. Check out the eligibility requirements and learn more about the program here.