After a 35-year career in the federal public service, Paul Murray was looking for a meaningful and productive way to spend time in retirement. He was introduced to staff at World Skills Employment Centre five years ago through a colleague from Eritrea. Paul has been going to World Skills ever since and helps newcomers to Canada with their English pronunciation, their resumes and other documents, preparing for interviews, and participates in other activities to assist immigrants to find employment in their new country.
Helping newcomers to highlight their tremendous knowledge, abilities and experience for prospective employers is very satisfying. Paul feels privileged to have met interesting, caring and talented people from over 115 countries during his time at World Skills, which has truly enriched his life. A number of these people have become friends, with meetings for coffee, meals, visits to homes and other excursions regularly taking place.
Paul has thoroughly enjoyed every moment of his time with the clients and staff at World Skills. He truly feels that he benefits from his encounters at World Skills as much as the people he tries to help. Moreover, he has never felt so genuinely respected and appreciated, or been thanked so much in his life. Paul also volunteers with the Canadian Cancer Society (for ten years) and with the Olde Forge Community Resource Centre.