20 Journeys Photo Exhibit at Toronto Reference Library Showcases stories of immigrants and their paths to employment success



    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Toronto Reference Library is pleased to host
20 Journeys: A Visual Essay of the Immigrant Experience from June 16 to 27,
2008. 20 Journeys is presented in partnership with the Toronto Region
Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and is free to the public.
    20 Journeys is a traveling exhibit of powerful photographs and stories of
immigrants entering the labour market. It details the experiences of skilled
immigrants, their journeys to achieving success, and the programs and
employers that have shared in their milestones. The exhibit features
immigrants from India, Sri Lanka, China, Columbia, Ghana, Greece, Kenya,
Lebanon, Mexico, Switzerland, the UK and the Ukraine.

    
    What:     20 Journeys photo exhibit
    When:     June 16 to 27, 2008
    Where:    Toronto Reference Library. 789 Yonge Street, Main Floor
    

    "20 Journeys reflects the experience of many immigrants who bring
valuable skills, education and talent to the Toronto region each year," said
Elizabeth McIsaac, executive director of TRIEC. "We hope this exhibit will
help to broaden public awareness on the benefits of including newcomers in our
economy and society."
    "Toronto receives more than 55,000 immigrants annually and many make a
branch of Toronto Public Library their first stop," says Jane Pyper, Director,
Corporate & Service Planning. "The library focuses its many newcomer services
on language skills, computer literacy, education information, accreditation
and job searching, assisting in the transition to life in Canada."
    20 Journeys is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and is part
of TRIEC's ongoing public awareness work. TRIEC's primary goal is to help
include skilled immigrants in the local labour market by breaking down the
barriers they face when looking for employment. Visit www.triec.ca for more
information.

    Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 16 million people visit our 99 branches and
borrow more than 29 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library,
visit our website at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at
416-393-7131.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Lillian Manea, Communications
Manager, TRIEC, (416) 944-1946 x 240, lmanea@triec.ca; Blaine McKenzie,
Communications Officer, Toronto Public Library, (416) 393-7219,
bmckenzie@torontopubliclibrary.com


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