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YWCA Employment Navigator: Empowering Single Mothers on the Path to Success

Humay arrived in Canada from Azerbaijan with a wealth of experience in Human Resources but found herself navigating the complexities of a new job market. Despite her 12 years of work experience back home, integrating into the Canadian workforce proved to be a daunting task, exacerbated by her responsibilities as a mother parenting alone. 


Upon learning about the YWCA Employment Navigator program through a friend, Humay seized the opportunity to explore her career options and enhance her employability. YWCA Employment Navigator offers single mothers access to resources and education during pre-employment and employment stages, empowering them with the tools and skills necessary to overcome barriers and achieve financial independence for their families. For Humay, the program offered a comprehensive support system, starting with the Sister Circle Café pre-employment workshops, where she honed crucial skills like self-esteem, confidence, and time management. 


Through her time at the program, Humay participated in resume building, interview preparation, and skills enhancement workshops. Armed with newfound knowledge and skills, she received job offers, but came to the realization that she wanted to further her education to explore her potential.  


Empowered by the YWCA Employment Navigators’ support and inspired by the Study Readiness workshop, Humay embarked on a journey towards higher education. Since then, she has earned a Salesforce certification, laying the foundation for her aspirations in the technology field. She is now enrolled in a Cyber Security program at CDI College, aiming to become a Cyber Security Specialist. 


Humay found companionship and encouragement within the program's supportive network. It provided her with the confidence to expand her horizons, connect with relevant resources, and navigate the demands of parenthood while striving for professional growth. 


As Humay nears the completion of her Cyber Security program in August 2025, her journey stands as a testament to the transformative power of long-term educational choices for single mothers and celebrating progress regardless of what it is. Through resilience, determination, and the unwavering support of programs like YWCA Employment Navigator, self-identifying women can break barriers, defy the odds, and build a brighter future for themselves and their families. 


This story is made possible in part by Scotiabank, Vancity and RBC. Visit our YWCA Employment Navigator page and learn how the program can help you with your pre-employment, education, or career goals.