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José Carlos de Araujo Rodrigues


My Resumé

Objective: To embark in a fulfilling career that makes the best use of my skills and my goals.


In 1997 I was elected to a 4 year term as a Councillor to the Council of Communities of Portugal. I advised the government of Portugal and I represented all Portuguese Canadians. I made needs assessments and studies. I did recommendation at the AGM in Lisbon at the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal and many reports in all areas of Portuguese Canadian social life, namely: fundamental structural changes of the Portuguese consulate services in Canada to meet the needs of the population, the elderly and their sub-cultural needs and community demands, emigration policy and the revision of bylaws of the council itself.

1993 to 1998 Construction Foreman. I worked full time for Architectural Harwood Flooring. It involved supervising and work scheduling, hardwood installations and finishings, customer relations, contracts and sales. The firm also did exports and I was involved in the marketing strategies and international costumer search. Helped fund the hardwood flooring course and curriculum at Algonquin College. I stopped this wonderful career due to a major motor vehicle accident that left me with severe physical limitations.

1993 to 1997            I was elected Regional Director for the Portuguese Canadian National Congress. As a member of the National Board I organised lobby and reports to all different levels of government and institutions to best protect and promote a healthy social environment to all Portuguese Canadians. I have made important presentations to the Ontario Ministers and Prime Minister Bob Rae regarding the difficulties and needs of the elderly in the ethnic communities of Ontario. This was a result of a major social survey that I designed, conducted and analysed. I also represented the Portuguese Canadian National Congress at the Ethno-Cultural Council in Ottawa. In this Council I contributed to the concept and constructions of the Rideau Hall Historical garden. I also presented many reports and discussions to fight discrimination in Canada. This was a volunteer part time job.


1987 to 1992 Teacher of the Portuguese language to pre-adolescents and adolescents for the Ottawa Roman Catholic Separate School Board. It involved curriculum development and material search due to the lack of resources. I was also involved as a social and cultural animator for the schools Christmas events and fundraising. This was a part time job.





1989 to 1993 University of Ottawa and Carleton                               University on Social Sciences, Sociology.


1982 to 1987 Completed high school in Portugal Arcos de Valdevez.


1978 to 1981 I attended St. Johns Catholic School of Kitchener in Ontario.




I have also developed a new interest and passion for writing.


Since 1998 I have written four romances, one environmental childrens story and an autobiography in a book of poems. I publish samples of my work on the internet.  




Languages:  English, Portuguese,                      French, Spanish and Italian


Computer knowledge: Good knowledge of Microsoft programs in general


Further information and references are available on request



José Carlos Rodrigues