Sask. Native, Burnett, Receives Recognition from CSIC

TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) today announced that Saskatchewan native Elaine Burnett has received its member spotlight.

"Elaine Burnett is an example to all CSIC members. She has dedicated close to three decades to both Saskatchewan and Canadian immigration. As a matter of fact, some of the policies that are in place today exist due to the efforts of Ms. Burnett," said John Ryan, Chair and Acting CEO, CSIC. "Ms. Burnett has overcome many obstacles throughout her career, including those of a woman in a non-traditional, male dominated role at a time when it was less than acceptable. Canadian businesses and the newcomers they employ are the benefactors of her perseverance and strong will."

Burnett has dedicated the better part of her career to immigration. Starting with Saskatchewan Immigration in 1985 she has influenced both federal and provincial immigration programs, including the Saskatchewan Provincial Nominee Program. After her retirement from government in 2003, Burnett started a second career and became a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant. Harnessing her entrepreneurial spirit she started her own business, Burnett Immigration Services.

"I am very honored by this recognition, especially knowing that the nomination came from one of my fellow CSIC members," said Burnett of this recognition. "I am pleased that I continue to make a contribution to the province of Saskatchewan and to Saskatchewan businesses while helping newcomers to the province."

CSIC's member spotlight was created to highlight prominent members of the immigration consulting community, focusing on their achievement and contributions to the immigration consulting profession. The recipient of the member spotlight is nominated by CSIC members.

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: Photo of Elaine Burnett available upon request

The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants is the professional regulatory body for immigration consultants in Canada. Established in 2004 it currently has close to 1600 members. CSIC's mandate is to protect consumers of immigration consulting services. Consequently, it is responsible for ensuring the education, competency testing and the discipline of its members. CSIC also requires its members to carry errors and omissions insurance and to contribute to a compensation fund.

SOURCE CANADIAN SOCIETY OF IMMIGRATION CONSULTANTS

For further information: For further information: Nancy Tibbo, (416) 572-2800, Toll free: 1-866-308-CSIC (2252), ntibbo@csic-scci.ca, http://www.csic-scci.ca

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