Newcomer Success Story Highlight - Nigora Yulyakshieva
As part of the City of Regina's contribution to Newcomer Employment Week / Semaine pour l'emploi des nouveaux arrivants, we will be highlighting the stories of newcomers who have become successfully employed at the City.
Today's highlight is Nigora Yulyakshieva. Born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Nigora fled her home as a political refugee and in 1999, arrived in Regina with her husband and two small children. Nigora was seven months pregnant at the time and unable to speak any English. Nigora held a degree in Industrial and Civil Engineering, which she obtained in Uzbekistan. She was told upon her arrival in Canada that she may never work as an Engineer again.
Nigora and her husband worked various jobs in the service industry to make ends meet. After quickly learning English, Nigora enrolled at SIAST (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) to study the Canadian engineering system and obtained her Professional Engineering Designation in 2003.
Nigora Yulyakshieva now works as the Manager of Roadways Preservation with the City and was recently nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. A Woman of Distinction is defined as “a woman who has made a commitment to and a significant difference in her community and/or the larger world, and her achievements demonstrate vision, creativity and initiative”.
Nigora’s story serves as an inspiration to immigrants and refugees who come to Canada with foreign credentials that require upgrading to meet Canadian Industry requirements. Congratulations Nigora!