SAN DIEGO, July 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Public Consulting Group (PCG) is proud to announce Mohammed Tuama, a Business Services Representative from PCG's San Diego office, has been honored as the 2016 Refugee of the Year and Most Achieved Refugee by the Alliance for African Assistance (the Alliance), a notable international Refugee resettlement agency based in San Diego, CA.
Recognized for his own hard earned success after resettling in San Diego—Mohammed came from Iraq in 2009—as well as his unwavering commitment to helping other Refugees realize similar employment opportunities and successes, Mohammed exemplifies the Alliance's dedication to providing support and guidance to all Refugees in the resettlement process.
"We are extremely proud of Mohammed's achievements and applaud the Alliance for recognizing his hard work within the San Diego community," said Kathy Fallon, Director of PCG's Human Services Division. "In our San Diego CalWORKs welfare-to-work program, Mohammed plays an important role in connecting local employers with jobseekers that we serve, many of whom are newly arrived Refugees. In addition to his work, Mohammed is the Co-Chair of the Newcomers Collaborative committee in El Cajon and volunteers each week to help local Refugees convert their professional certifications and degrees to U.S. standards. He's very deserving of these awards."
Mohammed received both the Refugee of the Year Award and the Most Achieved Refugee Award at the Alliance's 15th annual World Refugee Day Celebration on June 25, 2016. The theme of this year's event was "Onwards and Upwards: Celebrating Refugee Successes." Mohammed delivered the Keynote speech and used the opportunity to showcase the successes of other Refugees.
Reflecting on these honors, Mohammed said: "I am truly humbled by the recognition. Helping other Refugees start over in a new country, offering support and assistance as they pursue employment opportunities, this is very important to me because I have been in their shoes. There is much we can do to assist newcomers and I am fortunate for the supportive leadership at PCG. They encourage my efforts to provide meaningful employment services to those in need in ways that reflect America's broadly-shared values of opportunity, responsibility, and security."
KPBS Public Radio recently interviewed Mohammed about his experience as a Refugee as well as being named Refugee of the Year and Most Achieved Refugee. A recording of that interview is available here.
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Stephen Skinner, Public Consulting Group
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