A Cameroonian currently in refresher training in Val d’Or is fulfilling a dream after being recruited to Quebec to make up for a shortage of nurses.
Since her nursing course in late 2010, Malika Jamil Njembe Ngolouri has wanted to settle in Canada. While still a student, in 2011, an immigration attorney was invited to her classroom to learn about the benefits of practicing immigration and nursing here.
“My husband and I tried twice to immigrate to Canada, but we were cheated,” says the 33-year-old nurse.
Time passes, he gives the couple three children, and then the siren’s song is heard again. After a year of formalities (job interview, certification evaluation, evaluation with the Quebec Nurses Association, study and work permits, visas, etc.), this time is the time.
They say: Abitibi chose you. In Canada, I knew Quebec generally, and I knew Montreal, but I didn’t know Abitibi,” she recalls, saying she was, despite the cold, fascinated as soon as she got off the plane.
“They had already prepared everything in the apartment: there was a little welcome note, toys, nappies, kitchen utensils, bed sheets for the bedroom and everything. I was very impressed,” she says.
Despite a busy schedule being shared between classes during the week, working as a benefactor’s chaperone on weekends, researching school, daycare and other family tasks, she says she wants to stay on after three years of compulsory practice after recognizing their skills. Especially since I discovered a small, close-knit Cameroonian community in Val d’Or.
“There is a Cameroonian grocery store right next to CEGEP. There is also an association called Camerval. They organize parties with the children so they can have fun,” she says.
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Malika Jamil Njembe Ngolori wants above all to stay to educate her children, her ‘priority’. “The teaching method and teaching method they choose makes my children love school so much.”
She still leaves the door open for a possible return to Cameroon. But not now.
“In retirement, when the kids are older, we might decide to go back and open a clinic with all we learned here…,” she said.
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