We have a special staff profile. Alazar, who’s been living in Canada since 2016 and has been working at Purpose since 2019, became a Canadian citizen on July 20, 2022!
Here’s what he had to say about that, and about working at Purpose.
“In Eritrea it’s really nice, but there’s no peace. I’m really happy when I become citizen. I am free. I can visit other places. Feels really nice.
I ran my plumbing business in Sudan but English isn’t great to do that here. At Purpose I like carpentry, like all the different things I’m learning.
For fun I like walking and religious music.”
Alazar mentioned that back home there’s no right to pray or religious freedom for him, so it’s a big deal he can do that here.
Alazar and his wife worked really hard to become citizens, and we’re so happy he’s part of our team.
Nico started out in our Sanitization department, but moved over to Repair. Painting and carpentry is something she’s always wanted to do, and part of the reason she wanted to work at Purpose.
Since she started with us in December of 2021 she’s learned to paint the interior of a house from top to bottom, something she’s pretty proud of. Everyone has their most and least favorite parts about the job, and for Nico her favorite is painting and least favorite is sanding (it’s so dusty). Nico is an integral part of our team and we’re excited to see her continue to grow.
Symba’s got a history with Purpose Construction. Years ago she started out in the Bug’N’Scrub Division, left that, came back a few years later and joined our Repair Division, and is now heading up our brand new Siding Division! She’s using the skills she gained as a lead in Repair to mentor and help train folks in Siding.
During her time as a lead, Symba learned that the right tool can make all the difference when trying to do the job. She also learned that sometimes leaving a job once it’s done is the hardest part, as her high attention to detail always had her feeling she could be doing more. High attention to detail and knowing the right tool for the job are two skills that helped Symba move into her new role, and we’re excited to see where it takes her.
Joey Fagnan came to Purpose Construction after spending time in the justice system and at a time in his life where he felt like no one was willing to give him a chance. At other jobs he had held, he faced discrimination both as an Indigenous person and as someone with a criminal record. “Basically,” says Joey, “this company is good at breaking down stereotypes.” Today, Joey is a lead hand, managing jobsites and communicating with customers while providing training and mentorship to our teams.ever’s going on at home I can deal with it because things at work are stable.” Over the last 7 years has risen to becoming a lead hand painter, trainer and mentor to our teams.
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