Airport Support Coordinator, Migrant Justice Program
Jalyn Smith (she/her) Airport Support Coordinator for the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers During COVID-19 project. Through her varied work and volunteer opportunities Jalyn has been able to see the meaningful incremental change that can happen when people are given the opportunity and resources to thrive. She has had the opportunity to co-foster and train a guide dog for the Lions Foundation of Guide Dogs Canada, worked alongside newcomer families with the Ready for School Connects program and worked for Parkdale Queen West Community Health Center preparing discharge bags for housing insecure people leaving COVID-19 hotels.
Jalyn has a strong commitment to social justice and continued growth. She completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto, specializing in the social justice and diversity stream. During her Social Work degree, she had the opportunity to do her practicum with KAIROS Ecumenical Justice Initiatives under the supervision of Connie Sorio, the Migrant Justice Program Manager. It is through this invaluable experience that she was able to learn more about the Temporary Foreign Worker program and the barriers migrant workers face in Canada.
Jalyn has been a part of the Empowering Temporary Foreign Workers During COVID-19 team since its inception, and now works as the Airport Support Coordinator at Toronto Pearson International Airport (TPIA) working alongside a team of dedicated staff supporting arriving temporary foreign workers.