Nominated for the award: Community Activism
Company: Founder of Academy Of Change
Biography: AUTHER, SPEAKER, TRAINER CCF, PHD CANDIDATE (Human Resources Management) Mitra is the Founder of the Academy of Change, Motivational Speaker and Certified Coach. She is a resilient, independent and self-motivated Kurdish woman from Iran who came to Vancouver, BC, Canada with her teenage son Mehrzad, in 2012. She started learning her English from beginner level and diligently worked hard to learn English as her third language. Meanwhile, she became a member and started volunteering with “Dress For Success” in Vancouver. In 2014, Mitra and her son moved to Toronto. She earned certificates as HR Connection at Sheridan College and ACCES Employment, and Canadian Workplace Essentials with Ontario Training Centre, Toronto. In 2015, Mitra SURVIVED her third near-fatal car accident that transformed her life just like a wake-up call! She lived through the challenges and discovered the opportunity. Despite the injuries and pain, she got her first job in Canada at the City of Toronto, as a HR Clerk and was nominated as a positive attitude employee &the 5th Annual Civic Run Achiever/Winner at the City of Toronto. She has volunteered her time to Welcome Community Centers, Refugee Shelter, the Human Resources Professional Association, Toastmasters International, Ontario Society of Seniors Citizens Organization, and University Settlement. Her Achievements Currently she is an author, motivational speaker, trainer, a Certified Coach, a PhD candidate in Human Resources Management at Walden University, a member of Canadian Association Professionals Speakers (CAPS), a member of Human Resources Association Professionals (HRPA), a Toastmaster Communicator, and founder of Academy of Change to help immigrants and newcomers overcome barriers to personal and professional development. The author of the upcoming book Walk with Myself: a Kurdish Woman’s Journey to Freedom featuring the Dare to Grow Personal and Professional Development System. This system helps immigrants feel engaged with the world around them so they can live and work more effectively and productively. This book includes her inspirational stories of accepting and embracing change over adversity in Canada. She is also the co-author of the upcoming book Border Crossers: Where Positive Change Meets Positive Leadership. She is best known for her theory, “3 simple Pillars for personal growth”, which is a framework that helps newcomers/immigrants and teams to achieve goals sooner with more confidence and high performance. This technique combines the best method of "Physical and Mental Triangle" with simple moves. Finally, Mitra has encouraged immigrant/ newcomers to understand the privilege of being in Canada, and the skills to connect, engage and accept the beauty of Toronto’s multicultural, multi-gender and multi-generational culture.