Maryam Al-Azazi joined IRCOM on July 2013 as the administrative assistant of housing. Maryam is originally from Yemen but has Ethiopian background. Coming from a diverse family helped her in understanding both cultures. As a result, she speaks Arabic, Amharic and English.
On September 2008, Maryam fulfilled her dream to study abroad by moving to Canada as an international student. It was a huge challenge to be independent and adapt to a new environment. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg on 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. While taking classes she worked several positions at UW as Teacher’s Assistant for Intro to Arabic, Domestic & International Admissions, the Collegiate and Aboriginal Student Services Centre. She was actively involved in University of Winnipeg Student Association, International Resource Centre, UWSA Orientation Week, and UW Housing. Also, she attended the Canadian Student Federation’s International Student Symposium where international students’ concerns were expressed to the Honourable Ministers on relevant issues like housing, study permits, work permits, immigration, and cultural adjustment.
Additionally, she had the privilege to be a part of the settlement process of at risk youths by volunteering as a mentor at the N.E.E.D.S centre. She enjoyed being part of it
Maryam is very happy working in IRCOM! Having firsthand experience on Manitoba’s settlement processes, she is motivated to do important work that makes a difference in people’s lives.