Working with us for 30 years
Saba Andu left Eritrea in 1978 and went to Sudan as a refugee. She then moved to Saudi Arabia to find work to support her family, who were still refugees in Sudan. After spending eight years in Saudi Arabia, she came to Saskatoon through family sponsorship. When she came to Canada, she was very happy to reunite with her two sisters, who were already in Saskatoon. She reunited with them after 10 to 15 years of separation.
For assistance with employment, her younger sister took her to see Louise Welen at SODS and she quickly joined our job-training program. The rest is history! On 9 May 1988, after just six months in Canada, she started working with us as a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant. Over the three decades spent with us she has worked as an Administrative Assistant, in the Men’s Cooking, Food For Thought and Nobody’s Perfect programs, and for the last 18 years as a Settlement Counsellor (RAP/One-Year Window and NARS). She has spoken about refugee and immigration awareness on our behalf at many different community and educational events.
She always seeks to improve her knowledge in the areas of counselling, suicide prevention training, conflict resolution and mediation. She regularly attends Canadian Immigration conferences and has a basic knowledge of Family Law. Over the years, she had the opportunity to attend many professional workshops, training sessions and seminars. More recently, she has been an active member of the World Refugee Day committee.
In March 2003, she was a City of Saskatoon guest speaker for the UN’s Race Relations Month. In 2011, she won a Women of Distinction Award in Community Building from the Saskatoon YWCA.