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 Marisol, 

Build ON Employment Consultant

Hello my name is Marisol Orozco and I am an Employment Consultant for Build ON. I am originally from Mexico and have been living in Ottawa for almost a decade. On a professional level, I hold a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and I find every aspect of migration fascinating. These personal facets explain why I gravitated towards the Build ON team. I hope that my experience allows me to help newcomers to get ready and find a job in the skilled trades.

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.