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November 18, 2005
Media Advisory - Award-winning mentorship program celebration
Mayor David Miller, City Manager Shirley Hoy and community partners will honour
participants in the City of Toronto's 'Profession to Profession -- Mentoring
Immigrants Program.'

Date: Monday, November 21
Time: noon to 2 p.m.
Location: Members' Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Highly-educated, workforce-ready immigrants represent a significant labour
force, yet many internationally-trained professionals have difficulty finding
work in their fields of expertise.

The City's mentoring program is helping to change that fact. This year, more
than 40 City staff members volunteered as mentors to provide job search advice
to immigrant professionals. They will all be honoured at this event.

Last year's pilot for this mentoring program won a silver award at the 2005
Public Sector Quality Fair. The province-wide Fair showcases service excellence
in government, health care and education. The City of Toronto won 25 awards
this year.

Participants and community agency representatives of the mentoring program will
be available for interviews.

Media contacts:

Jo-Anne Barnard
Senior HR Consultant
Employment Equity Unit
Human Resources
City of Toronto

Rose Lee
Diversity Management and Community Engagement Unit
Strategic Policy and Planning
City of Toronto

Lillian Manea
TRIEC -- Mentoring Partnership
416-944-2627 ext. 239



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