Nimo Abdulkadir, Director Employment Centre
For 29 years, Nimo has helped our clients find meaningful employment.
As the leader of the Tropicana Community Services Employment Centre (TEC) team, her days are spent working with funders, sponsors and TEC staff to create the best programs and services to meet our community’s needs.
Nimo has been part of our organization from its earliest days. As a mentor and role model, she shares insights and experiences that are deeply rooted in TEC’s own history, to help us innovate by building on our proven successes.
Nimo likes to recall the story of a gentleman who felt he was out of options. When he found his way to TEC, the man was struggling with substance abuse and living on the street, moving from shelter to shelter. TEC helped him join our scholar program, and he soon found employment and stable housing. Today, he is living a successful life, with his own place. The work Nimo and her team do may be hard at times, but success stories such as this one keeps them going.
Of course, COVID added a new level of complexity. No longer having face-to-face interactions with clients was difficult and made it challenging to provide TEC’s personal sense of support while helping clients find technology to access programs online. But Nimo says the team came through. “I’m amazed by the resilience of my coworkers. It helped us keep COVID from beating us, and it proved that our commitment to service is at the forefront of all we do. We will not be stopped,” she says.
If Nimo could change anything about her job, it would be to trade the uncertainties of year-to-year funding for the stability of a multiyear budget. With funding confidence for the longer term, Nimo believes budgets could be optimized, and TEC could make even more of an impact. As she notes, “We must apply every year for funds to cover operating costs, but the needs in our community do not wait and do not disappear.”
Nimo finds inspiration in her clients, her team and in this quote from Maya Angelou which truly relates to the work she does: “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”