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Ana Gabriela Garcia Murillo was a trilingual, cultured, well-educated woman when she came to Canada seeking better opportunities.

The then-29-year-old Mexico City native had studied in France, lived in India, and had just left a job in her hometown as category manager with one of the largest retail stores in Latin America.

Once in Canada, Murillo found another retail manager job, but was let go when her contract came up for renewal. The termination was a blow to her confidence; a straight-A student and successful career woman at home, here she felt dejected and lost. “My boss told me he wasn’t expecting to have to teach a manager grammar,” she recalls. “That broke my heart.”

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Source: Toronto Star