Media Advisory - Citizenship and Immigration Minister To Speak at Recognition Ceremony for the Access to the Early Childhood Education Field in Ontario Bridging Program



    TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The Association of Early Childhood Educators
Ontario (AECEO), on behalf of the Access to the Early Childhood Education
Field in Ontario Bridging Program and its partners Thorncliffe Neighbourhood
Office and George Brown College, invites the media to attend the program's
annual Recognition Ceremony. The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of
Citizenship and Immigration, will be in attendance to address this year's
graduates.

    
    Date:     January 28, 2009

    Time:     Presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Location: George Brown College, Casa Loma Campus, 146 Kendall Ave,
              Room 430, Toronto
    

    The Access to the Early Childhood Education Field in Ontario Bridging
Project provides an educational pathway and Canadian work experience for
internationally trained Early Childhood Educators, so they may gain meaningful
employment in their field.
    "Newcomers have the global education, skills and experience Ontario needs
to be competitive," said Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Michael Chan. "Our investment in the Access to the Early Childhood Education
Field in Ontario bridge training program helps internationally trained early
childhood educators get work in their field sooner."
    Project components include knowledge assessment, language supports, a
mentorship strategy, gap training courses and bridge supports to employment.
The program is funded by the government of Ontario.
    Candidates in the program come from many parts of the world including
India, Pakistan, China, Russia, Lebanon, the Republic of the Philippines, the
Ukraine, the U.S.A., Bulgaria, Croatia, Jamaica, Hong Kong and Ecuador.
    Project Partners include the Association of Early Childhood Educators
Ontario (project lead), Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO) and George
Brown College (GBC). Currently 80 per cent of graduates have found jobs in
their field.

    Media are encouraged to attend.





For further information:

For further information: Julia Lipman, Communications Analyst,
Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario, Cell: (416) 998-1381

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