LEDC (London, Ontario, Canada)

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Name: Henry Francis Cooper
Country of Origin: Liberia/West Africa

Past Employment/Education:
Auto Mechanic
London Region Employer and Position:
A national truck leasing company, as a truck mechanic apprentice

After many years in a refugee camp in Ghana, Henry brought his family to Canada in the fall of 2005. He was disappointed by a few early jobs he was given by an employment agency, but Henry persisted.

Henry’s employment counsellor helped him enroll in an Ontario government sponsored pre-apprenticeship training program. Henry is now an apprentice at a national truck leasing company, preparing to continue as a mechanic – the same occupation he had in Liberia.

Henry’s wife Alice was a nurse in Liberia. While she is now working as a personal support worker, she hopes to someday return to nursing. “I tell newcomers to consider yourself a new-born baby. It’s time to start life again and it will be good! Canadian standards are very high, so you must work hard to meet those standards. Search out opportunities to prove yourself! Be patient and tolerant of new views. London is a wonderful place. Even today, I feel like I am home. There are good people here.”

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