Tanzeela came to Canada from Pakistan about three years ago along with her husband and four children. Before arriving, she already knew a lot about Canada as she was actually the last of her siblings to make the move. Her brothers and sisters’ experiences paved her way and helped her to mentally prepare for the challenge.
Tanzeela is pleased with her new home. Her children, who range in age from six to nineteen years old, are all studying, and Tanzeela appreciates the quality of education they are receiving. She especially likes how the teachers and professors are supportive and always willing to help—they just need to be asked. This means that her children receive a good education without having huge burdens placed on them. Like Canada, the country, the schools here are relaxed and free.
Tanzeela appreciates Canada’s freedoms even though in Pakistan, she enjoyed a similar lifestyle. Her husband worked as an engineer, they lived in a large city, and they had a relatively free and easy life. In this way, she is lucky to have not needed to make many changes as she settled into living in Saskatoon. There are even many options here for finding religiously and culturally appropriate foods. She says, “I love that there is freedom here—anything we want, we can do.”
Since arriving in Saskatoon, Tanzeela has been an active participant in many activities at Global Gathering Place. She attends English classes, Coffee and Conversation, WELL – Women Exchanging Life’s Lessons, Driver Theory, Computer classes, and meets with a volunteer for extra support. She says that she loves GGP because of the friendly and welcoming environment and we at GGP love seeing Tanzeela’s winning smile and positive attitude.
Looking forward, Tanzeela hopes that her husband will find a good job that will utilize his skills as an engineer. He is working now, but not doing the kind of work he loves and was trained to do. She also hopes to get her Saskatchewan Class 5 driver’s licence. In Pakistan, she had her licence and used to drive everywhere. Tanzeela also looks forward to the day when her parents will come to visit. Even though technologies such as Skype keep her connected, missing family and friends back home has been the most difficult part of moving to Canada. That, and the weather. No-one who comes from a hot climate neglects to mention Saskatchewan’s extreme cold. In spite of winter, Tanzeela loves Saskatoon. She loves that it’s a small city, she loves the friendly people, and she is sure that she can be happy here.