GTA WEST María Eugenia Restrepo

María Eugenia Restrepo, Administradora de Empresas con énfasis en Economía Solidaria es originaria de Medellín Colombia, llego a Canadá en el año 2000, y se dedicó a conseguir la validez de su titulo como Administradora de Empresas. Estudió Trabajo Social de Servicios a la Comunidad en Toronto en el 2008 y en el 2011 se graduó en el programa de ‘Solution Focused Counselling otorgado por la universidad de Toronto. Desde su arribo a Canadá ha estado vinculada con entidades sociales y programas de  apoyo a la comunidad.

Uno de sus principales logros ha sido ser Coordinadora de Family First Program a través de Caledon Community Services y la región de Peel. Gestora del Programa Mamás, Papás y Niños en español para Ontario Early Sears en la región de Brampton. Prestó  servicio de interpretación para la asistencia social a personas en proceso de refugio en diferentes agencias. Actualmente trabaja  con el Peel Multicultural Council, localizado en la ciudad del Mississauga, con el programa ISAP (Immigrant Settlement)  “Programa de Adaptación”  desempeñándose  como trabajadora  de asentamiento para nuevos inmigrantes en la Región de Peel, hoy en día no hay mucha comunidad latina que requiera de estos servicios, los inmigrantes Syrios son una mayoría pero esperemos este reportaje ayude a que más inmigrantes latinos sepan que en María Eugenia tienen una amiga que está dispuesta a ayudarlos.

Por otro lado ella es conocida entre los latinos ya que realiza una labor año con año llamada “Done Un Juguete y Regale una Sonrisa” ayudando a los niños de Colombia y El Salvador. Otorgando 1000 juguetes para la navidad cada año.

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María Eugenia Restrepo

Maria Eugenia Restrepo is widely known in Peel Region’s Community and Social support sector. One of the first things that fascinated Restrepo when she landed in 2000 as a new immigrant, was the Canadian spirit of helping one another. Helping the communities she lives in has been her passion ever since.

Restrepo is a Bachelor’s degree holder in Business Administration (Major: Social Economics) from the Luis Amigo University of Medellin Colombia. When she arrived in the country, she was quick to realize that upgrading her educational skills to match the needs and requirements of the Canadian labor market was of the utmost importance. She studied and successfully obtained  a diploma in Community Social Services from Toronto. She has also undergone professional development training, including Solution Focused Counseling, Mental Health needs of Newcomers and attended the Conference for International Engineers and Employers. Restrepo is also an experienced interpreter.

In her role as a settlement worker for the Peel Multicultural Council in Mississauga (PMC), Restrepo is instrumental in bringing hope and inspiration to hundreds of new immigrants each year. Some of her achievements at PMC include organizing the National Identity Card event at the Colombian Consulate, in which more than 700 individuals were served in a single day, and showcasing PMC services to Peel communities through print and electronic media. She has also been instrumental in organizing group sessions for Internationally Trained Engineers to become Professional Engineers in Canada, and arranging free dental services for needy kids under 17 (more than 400 kids served over last two years). The list is extensive, not exhaustive.

Restrepo is an avid supporter of community issues that need the attention of a well-informed individual. As a coordinator of the Family First Program of the Caledon Community services and the Region of Peel, she played a key role in improving the quality of life of more than 100 families. She has also held a leadership role with Ontario Early Years’ Moms, Dads and Kids program, and is the founder of the “Donate a Toy Give a Smile Toy Drive for the poor children of the San Vicente of Caguan, Colombia”

One of Restrepo’s life goals is to strengthen and support other community members to achieve their own goals and objectives.

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