I feel blessed, lucky and fortunate that my boss, who is a wonderful mentor and a great human being will be one of our featured speakers for the launch of Soulful Encounters on May 25th, 2016. He has some of the most fascinating stories from his homeland, Eritrea and relates them in an easy manner with lots of life lessons in between. At work, we all feel that we are very lucky to have him as our Executive Director as he truly represents the face of humility with the ability to lead and let others lead as well.
Mengistab Tsegaye has worked over 25 years in the newcomer’s settlement and integration sector. His home country is Eritrea, a country which he is still connected to and still loves very dearly. During the war in Ethiopia, he migrated to Kenya, then Italy and finally to Canada. His life work is being a conduit for others to connect them to resources, people and opportunities and he does so brilliantly in the community. He has served newcomers, refugees and immigrants in Canada as a frontline worker, community leader, social activist and as a leader in immigration and integration solutions. Mengis has served as the president or as a board member of several boards across Ontario and continues to inspire others through the integrity of his work, compassion and desire to see all newcomers succeed and make Canada home, without losing their identity or passions. Mr. Tsegaye is co-founder and Executive Director of World Skills Employment Centre – an organization that provides employment services to newcomers in Ottawa.
Mengis has a Social Work background and extensive experience in employment issues and the challenges newcomers face.
Mr. Tsegaye `s past and present settlement and community involvement includes:
- Board member, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
- President of the Eritrean Community of Ottawa
- Board member, Ottawa Carleton Housing Authority
- Chair of settlement .org,
- Chair of Algonquin College Community Collaboration Committee
- Member of the Employer council of champions in Ottawa
- Co-Chair, OLIP (Ottawa Local immigration Partnership) Economic Integration Sector Table
- Board Member for the Children’s Aid Society Ottawa
One of the projects which Mengis and I worked on very dearly was trying to help two wonderful ladies bring in some more business into their restaurant, Red Sea Café. Although the business is no more, and one of the owners crossed over in 2015, our desire to help them and the response of the community, will always be a wonderful memory for me.
Join us tomorrow evening to enjoy a wonderful inspirational evening of storytelling, faith and perseverance.
Here are the amazing people who will share their life experiences and stories with you.
See you tomorrow!