Chibuike heard about Windmill Microlending through a fellow doctor in a network of Nigerian-trained health professionals. He met with a member of the loan team who helped him further assess the steps needed in order for his credentials to be recognized in Canada.
Unlike his path to certification, Chibuike says the loan application was very quick and easy. “Within two weeks, I completed the process and received my loan.” His Loan Facilitator was attentive and checked in on Chibuike’s progress regularly. On one occasion, when he failed an exam, he and his Loan Facilitator worked together to allocate funds so Chibuike could write it a second time.
Chibuike’s wife, Thelma, had planned to accompany him when he first came to Canada, but her immigration was delayed. When she eventually arrived in Saskatoon, she started her own studies in nursing. Together, they worked toward their professional and personal goals in Canada.
In 2013, their family grew to three with the birth to their son, Jamie. Chibuike was awarded a Master of Public Health in December and worked as an Epidemiologist in the Heartland Health Region in Rosetown, Saskatchewan. In the same year, he moved to the College of Medicine at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, where he worked as a Clinical Research Assistant.
In 2015, their family moved to Moose Factory, Ontario, where Chibuike became Manager of Infection Prevention and Control at the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority. As he continues his postgraduate education in Public Health, Chibuike works as a Resident Physician at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Thunder Bay.
Chibuike is constantly learning and enhancing his skills by staying up to date with the latest medical advancements. Once Thelma finishes her training as a nurse, the Chizea family will offer a dynamic duo of dedicated health care professionals.