Maryna Muzyka understands very well what immigrants may be feeling when they access Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy in Williams Lake.
Muzyka is the settlement services worker and operations assistant/office manager for CCPL in Williams Lake but she also recently became a Canadian citizen after moving to Williams Lake eight years ago from Ukraine to be with her husband.
“I still take a deep breath of fresh air every time I walk outside,” Muzyka said of one of things she loves about Canada.
Muzyka moved from a Ukrainian “village” of about 700,000 people and noted it is known as the third dirtiest city in Europe due to its many industrial plants, including coal, nuclear and smelting plants. She said people in the country are also in political turmoil due to current tensions with Russia.
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“I was really impressed with fresh air and nature when I moved here and the variety of landscapes and people and jobs. It’s a beautiful country, period.”
CCPL offers immigrant settlement services and also supports families by building strong financial literacy skills.
Muzyka said one of the things she loves most about Canada and Williams Lake is the country’s diversity and the interesting conversations she has with immigrants from around the world who are settling in Williams Lake and taking part in English Conversation Circles where individuals can practice their English skills.
Muzyka heads up the free, family friendly event taking place in February. For more information contact Muzyka at 778-412-9333.