Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) are proud supporters of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) refugee program. Each academic year, BUSU sponsors up to two refugees who become Canadian permanent residents and students at Brock.
“Education is a powerful tool,” said BUSU Clubs Manager, Chloe Villers. “Supporting refugee students in their pursuit of higher education can transform their lives and shape a brighter future.”
Villers, who spearheads the WUSC program has the pleasure to meet and work alongside each student, to better prepare them for their time here in Canada. Creating a home for them, and ensuring they feel settled and ready for their new academic journey.
Ahmed Ibrahim Sheik Abdirahman, born in Somalia travelled to Uganda where he lived as a refugee. In 2022 Ahmed applied for the WUSC Student Refugee Program, and arrived in Canada last year to study at Brock. At the age of 27, Ahmed’s arrival was the beginning of many firsts, including the first harsh reality of Canadian winters.
“My first winter in Canada was tough, but BUSU helped me a lot,” said Ahmed. “The cold weather was new to me, but the support from BUSU and the university community made it easier. They helped me adjust and made the experience better.”
Not only is Ahmed thriving at his education in the Economics program he is now also a proud BUSU employee, working alongside his peers, at General Brock.
WUSC is a Canadian non-profit organization that partners with universities across the country to achieve its goals of increasing youth education, empowerment, and economic opportunity.
“My life in Canada has been a profound transformation. The sense of safety and stability here is a stark contrast to the challenges I faced in my home country,” said Ahmed. “During my time at Brock University, I found a welcoming community that celebrates diversity, providing not only top-tier education but also unique employment opportunities.
The inclusive environment and support from both the university and BUSU have empowered me to build a future I once only dreamed of. Canada, and specifically my experience at Brock University has been the foundation for a new chapter filled with growth, education, and opportunities.”
BUSU is always looking for WUSC Committee members to mentor and aid incoming students. Looking at joining the Brock WUSC Local Committee or learn more? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.