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November 21, 2005
Everyone wins as award-winning mentorship program pairs immigrant professionals with City volunteers
  
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 of Toronto’s ‘Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program’
is helping to change that fact. This year, 40 City staff members volunteered as
mentors to provide job search advice to immigrant professionals. Participants
were honoured at a recognition event today at City Hall.

“Mentoring is a great way to facilitate immigrants’ integration into our
workplaces and our society. It is an exciting opportunity for City employees to
give back to the community by helping immigrants build networks and gain
employment advice from colleagues in the same profession,” said Mayor David
Miller.

The event was hosted by Councillor Janet Davis, Chair of the Working Group on
Immigration and Refugee Issues. “The response to the mentoring program by City
staff and community partners demonstrates the City’s commitment to being a
leader in helping immigrants practice their chosen professions,” she said.

City Manager Shirley Hoy noted that several professions were represented in
last year’s pilot program, with more added this year. In thanking participants
and City staff, she said, “The mentoring program assists new Canadians, but
mentors also benefit. You have had the opportunity to further develop coaching,
leadership and cross-cultural communication skills and to learn more about
immigrant settlement issues.”

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 won 25 awards this year.


Media contacts:

Jo-Anne Barnard
Senior HR Consultant
Employment Equity Unit
Human Resources
City of Toronto
416-392-9597

Rose Lee
Co-ordinator
Diversity Management and Community Engagement Unit
Strategic Policy and Planning
City of Toronto
416-392-4991

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



 

 

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