By Morgan Sharp, featured on the Toronto Star – July 14, 2021
From selling Blue Jays merch to getting small businesses online
Emira Refai-Gray was working on upgrading her workplace credentials when the pandemic hit, leaving her reliant on emergency benefits and wondering what to do next.
“The pandemic hit and I was stuck because I didn’t have any skills that I could use towards working in an online space,” said Refai-Gray, who had previously sold Blue Jays merchandise at the team’s downtown Toronto stadium and worked as a cashier at a Loblaws grocery store.
Refai-Gray didn’t wait around, and by this time last year, had been accepted into a 15-week technology training program for underserved young people.
Since completing the course offered by NPower Canada, she has been hired as an e-commerce co-ordinator at Mosaic North America, helping deliver the Digital Main Street initiative to get smaller companies online.