Till a few month in the past, Maryna Hrynkovska didn’t know a factor about making furnishings.
In her hometown of Odesa, Ukraine she was a hairdresser — a job she was pressured to desert after her life was upended when Russia invaded the nation one 12 months in the past.
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“I’m attempting not to consider this many occasions as a result of it’s very tough for me,” she stated tearfully.
The 28-year-old arrived in Montreal in December 2022 and instantly started looking for work.
After posting her resume on Fb, she was contacted by a fellow Ukrainian who’s been working at Elran Furnishings in Pointe-Claire for a number of years.
Oksana Hanachivska says when the struggle started, she was performing some volunteering at an area church and heard about some new arrivals who didn’t converse French or English and wanted work.
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She approached her human sources director asking if the corporate can be prepared to rent some Ukrainians to work within the furnishings manufacturing unit, and was advised as long as she might assist translate, they had been welcome.
Since final February, 75 Ukrainians have discovered employment there — so many who the corporate has been in a position to create a brand new manufacturing line.
“At the moment, we had a whole lot of jobs to fill, we had a scarcity of personnel, so it was a superb match,” stated Mélissa Neglect, Elran’s HR director.
The corporate says past a job, it was additionally necessary for them to ensure their new workers felt welcome of their new province.
They helped with lodging, winter clothes and French courses.
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“To make them really feel at residence, protected, snug,” stated Eric Abecassis, Elran Furnishings president. “And so they’re giving us again a loyal, motivated talent.”
Right this moment, there are round 40 Ukrainians working at Elran.
Maryna says lots of them don’t know in the event that they’ll ever have the ability to return to Ukraine.
She says it feels good to know she’ll at all times have a spot to name residence.
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