The Mentoring Partnership Celebrates nearly 3,000 Matches



    Program for Skilled Immigrants Honours Those Who Went Above & Beyond

    TORONTO, March 27 /CNW/ - The Mentoring Partnership, a program of the
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) that matches skilled
immigrants with established professionals who share the same occupation, will
celebrate the dedication of its mentors, mentees and partners this week during
a special celebration event - Above & Beyond.

    
    What:     The Mentoring Partnership celebration event, Above & Beyond
    Who:      Matt Galloway of CBC Radio One 99.1's 'Here and Now'
              Mentors and Mentees from The Mentoring Partnership
              Corporate Partners of The Mentoring Partnership (see below)
    When:     Thursday, March 27, 2008
              5:30 to 7:30 pm
    Where:    The Dominion Club
              1 King Street West (at Yonge Street), second floor, Toronto
    

    The Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration of community and corporate
partners that bring together skilled immigrants and established professionals
in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. The program is delivered by a
coalition of partner organizations in the City of Toronto and the regions of
Halton, Peel and York.
    Successful employment is an important aspect of settlement for new
immigrants, and mentoring has been proven an effective aid. For the immigrant
it provides an important professional network that did not exist before. It
helps to close knowledge gaps, it creates links and relationships, and it
supports immigrants so both they and Canada's labour market can benefit from
their immense talent.
    Around 70 per cent of the immigrants who go through the program find
professional employment either during or three months after the mentoring
relationship ends.
    Mentors also gain from the mentoring relationship. In fact, a number of
corporate partners promote the program to their staff as a way to build
leadership and cross-cultural communication skills. The event, Above & Beyond,
is a way for The Mentoring Partnership to say thank you to those who volunteer
their time, many as repeat mentors.
    Currently the top organizations with the most mentor volunteers include,
in order, TD Bank Financial Group, The City of Toronto, Deloitte, KPMG,
Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Manulife Financial.
    A complete list of mentoring corporate partners, participating community
agencies, and other program information can be found at
www.thementoringpartnership.com.

    Top Corporate Partners (in descending order of number of mentors):

    TD Bank Financial Group
    The City of Toronto
    Deloitte LLP
    KPMG LLP
    Toronto Community Housing Corporation (tie)
    Manulife Financial (tie)
    CIBC
    Ernst & Young LLP
    Ryerson University
    Indian Institute of Technology Alumni Canada

    All Corporate Partners (alphabetical):

    Air Canada Jazz
    AMEX Canada
    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
    Boston Consulting Group
    Brampton Board of Trade
    Canadian Information Processing Society Toronto
    Centennial College
    Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Canada
    CIBC
    City of Brampton
    City of Mississauga
    City of Toronto
    Deloitte LLP
    Ernst & Young LLP
    Franklin Templeton Investments
    GE Canada
    Hewitt Associates Canada
    Housing Services Inc.
    Humber College
    Indian Institute of Technology Alumni Canada
    Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
    KPMG LLP
    Lucent Technologies Canada Corp
    Mackenzie Financial
    Manulife Financial
    Markham Board of Trade
    Microsoft Canada
    Mississauga Board of Trade
    Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities
    Ontario Power Generation
    Pepsi QTG
    Pitney Bowes Canada
    PricewaterhouseCoopers
    RBC Financial Group
    Region of Peel
    Ryerson University
    Scotiabank
    Seneca College
    Sheridan College
    TD Bank Financial Group
    Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
    Toronto Board of Trade
    Toronto Community Housing Corporation
    Toronto Transit Commission
    Town of Markham
    United Way of Greater Toronto
    United Way of Peel Region
    University of Toronto
    York Region Newspaper Group
    York Technology Association

    Community Agency Partners:

    In the City of Toronto mentoring services are delivered through members
of the Consortium of Agencies Serving Internationally-trained Persons (CASIP),
including:

    
    -  A.C.C.E.S.
    -  COSTI
    -  Humber College
    -  JobStart
    -  JVS
    -  Seneca College
    -  Skills for Change

    In Halton Region mentoring services are delivered through:

    -  Sheridan College

    In Peel Region mentoring services are delivered through the lead agency:

    -  Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre
    In partnership with
    -  A.C.C.E.S. (Brampton)
    -  Malton Neighbourhood Services

    In York Region mentoring services are delivered through:

    -  COSTI
    

    About The Mentoring Partnership:

    Launched in November 2004, The Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration
of community organizations and corporate partners that bring together skilled
immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring
relationships. The program is delivered by a coalition of community
organizations in the City of Toronto, and the regions of Halton, Peel and
York.
    Through the program mentors give 24 hours of their time over a four-month
period. Mentors contribute knowledge, experience and professional networks.
Meanwhile, mentors develop coaching and leadership skills, become more aware
of the issues immigrants face and help to support new immigrants as they find
their way in the Canadian economy and society. For more information visit
www.thementoringpartnership.com.

    About TRIEC:

    TRIEC is working to remove the barriers immigrants face when entering the
labour market, while at the same time helping organizations benefit from the
talents and skills immigrants bring with them to Canada. Since 2003, TRIEC has
collaborated with a diverse group of stakeholders including employers,
post-secondary institutions, employment service providers, community
organizations, regulatory bodies and all three levels of government. The goal
is to assemble these key players to find and implement local, practical
solutions that lead to meaningful employment for skilled immigrants. For more
information visit www.triec.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Lillian Manea, Communications Manager, Toronto
Region Immigrant Employment Council, (416) 944-1946 ext. 240, lmanea@triec.ca,
www.triec.ca, www.thementoringpartnership.com

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