Jean Roberth Souza

The power of social media to connect newcomers

“Jean Roberth Souza makes a difference as a very active volunteer within Ottawa’s Brazilian community,” says Priscila Gondim Alves. “He has assisted many newcomers to Ottawa, including myself, with his knowledge, goodwill, friendship and generosity of spirit. He has made this city a much better place to live with more opportunities for all.”

Jean Roberth emigrated from Brazil a decade ago and is a successful Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professional. Through his numerous contributions to a Brazilian community Facebook page with more than 6,000 followers, he has guided many newcomers to helpful information about job fairs, specialized newcomer services, employment support programs, language training, as well as tourism, hospitality and free cultural activities. Jean Roberth has also worked for a special immigration project aimed at attracting internationally educated professionals to work in the ICT sector in Canada.

“I know from my own experience, when you arrive in a new city and country, it’s difficult at first,” says Jean Roberth. “When I came to Ottawa 10 years ago, social media didn’t really exist and as a newcomer you need information quickly about services, including those offered by settlement agencies.”

“The first work I found two years ago in Ottawa was due to a job fair announcement Jean Roberth had posted on the Brazilian community group Facebook page,” explains Priscila. “Being a newcomer, even with a law degree, it was challenging to find a job. That job was very special because it represe