Meet Azam,

 Acting Director of Build ON

Hello! My name is Azam and I am the Acting Director of Pre-Arrival Settlement Services for the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. I hold two Master’s degrees in Communication and MBA and have some professional experience working with newcomers. I love helping newcomers have an easier transition to their new communities and to overcome some of the employment challenges that they may face otherwise. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you prepare to work in the skilled trades in Ontario.  


Meet Jessica, 

Build ON Employment Consultant

Hello! My name is Jessica and I am an Employment Consultant for the YMCA-YWCA Build ON program. I grew up with a parent in the Canadian Forces and moved around a lot, but I still consider myself an East coaster! I love my job and my Y family. I was an Information and Referral Specialist at the YMCA-YWCA Newcomer Information Centre before joining the Build ON team. My ultimate enjoyment is to travel and experience different cultures and languages. I strongly believe everyone has an amazing story to tell and I’m looking forward to helping you with yours as you settle in Canada! 


Meet Hannah, 

Build ON Employment Consultant

Hello/Bonjour! My name is Hannah Vickars and I am a bilingual Employment Consultant for the Build ON program. I grew up around Vancouver, B.C and moved to Ottawa shortly after finishing high school. I miss the mountains and the ocean of the west coast, but Ontario has its own unique beauty! I have a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and experience working with newcomers to Canada, with both youth and their families. I love meeting new people and listening to their stories, and I’m very excited to help you settle in Canada!

Meet Christina, 

Build ON Program Coordinator/Employment Consultant

Hello! My name is Christina Kaniewski and I am the Program Coordinator, as well as one of the Employment Consultants, for Build ON. I was born and raised in the United States and came to Ottawa as a newcomer myself in 2016. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Since moving to Canada, however, I have found a new passion in trying to help newcomers make their moves to Canada as seamless as possible. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your transition to Canada!

Meet Kepreye,

Build ON Employment Consultant

Hello! My name is Kepreye Otrofanowei and I am an Employment Consultant with Build ON. I have always had a desire to help people but I’ve never been clear on what capacity I would do that. Here at Build ON I get to fulfil that desire by helping Newcomers prepare to integrate into Canada before they arrive. I know first-hand how daunting a move to a new country can be so I want to try to alleviate any stress/worries my clients may have before they arrive.