TORONTO, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Members of the Toronto Public Service and
Toronto residents were recognized this evening for their contribution
in helping the City of Toronto become the first municipality in the
Greater Toronto Area to surpass 1,000 mentee/mentor matches as part of
the annual Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program.
"Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world," said City
Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport). "The City is breaking down
barriers that skilled immigrants face, helping to improve employment
opportunities that will support Toronto's economic and social
development success and make a difference in the lives of many
newcomers to our great city. Congratulations to everyone who was
instrumental in the City achieving this prestigious mentorship award."
A total of 1,137 skilled immigrants have been mentored by about 500 City
staff since the program began in 2004.
"I want to thank members of the Toronto Public Service for their
dedication and commitment to this important program and for reaching
this milestone," said City Manager Joe Pennachetti. "This program
supports several strategic actions recently endorsed by Executive
Committee, such as enhancing the City's capacity to serve Toronto's
The Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program is a
collaborative effort with the Mentoring Partnership, a Toronto Region
Immigrant Employment Council program, and delivered with 13 community
partners. The community partners provide employment services and/or
bridging programs to skilled immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area,
and coach each mentee and mentor throughout their partnership.
"Congratulations to the City of Toronto whose employees have mentored
over 1,000 skilled immigrants with the Mentoring Partnership. The City
is leading the way in welcoming new immigrants to the region and
helping them to establish themselves professionally," said Margaret
Eaton, Executive Director, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council.
During the program, experienced members of the Toronto Public Service
are matched with skilled immigrants from the same occupation for a four
month period. Mentors support their mentee in understanding the
Canadian context of their profession and workplace culture, sharing
information about their industry and occupation, and developing their
professional networks and job search strategies.
Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's
government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence,
creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size
and cost of government and building a transportation city. For
information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto
residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days
SOURCE: City of Toronto
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