Media Centre

Meet our Clients

If you were asked to fill someone's life with opportunities for success, how would you do it? Would you offer them encouragement and support, helping them get ahead? At COSTI, we understand that success means different things to different people. We believe that by filling people's lives with opportunities for success, we're helping build a strong and prosperous community.

Our clients share their experiences.


Irina Zharnova

LINC Level 5, Vaughan Welcome Centre, COSTI Vaughan Employment Services

"When I first came to Canada from Russia four years ago, I spoke no English and spent most of my days inside, not wanting to step out of the house,..." Read More

Emma Asquino

Participant, Elderly Persons’ Centre

"Having come to Canada as a young woman in 1965, my priority, like many other Italian immigrants at the time, was to work hard..." Read More

Alfredo E. Valecillos

IT Professional, Former Client, Mississauga Employment Services, The Mentoring Partnership

"I arrived in Canada on July 31, 2012. I have international work experience, I am employed..." Read More

Maree Wilson

Former Participant, Women of Courage Program

"My life a few years ago was filled with violence, uncertainty and unhappiness, a victim of domestic abuse." Read More

Phillip Osei

Phillip Osei is an 18 year old who came to Canada from Ghana with his parents when he was 13 years old. Read More

Oluseyi Sanyaolu

Former Participant, Enhanced Language Training

"As a new immigrant from Nigeria, one of my major fears was not knowing whether I would be able to find employment..." Read More

Wieslaw Pietraszek

Former Caledonia Employment Services Client

"I immigrated to Canada in 1984. For seventeen years, I worked in medical sales." Read More

Christine Natiru

Former Participant, Women’s Program and Employment Services

Christine Natiru immigrated to Canada from Uganda in December 2011 with her son and reunited with her husband. Read More