TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Toronto Region Immigrant Employment
Council (TRIEC) today recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions to
its award-winning program, The Mentoring Partnership, facilitating the
mentorship of over 6,000 skilled immigrants. Volunteers will be
highlighted this afternoon at 4PM at The Mentoring Partnership's Annual
Partners Conference and Volunteer Recognition Reception at Manulife
Financial. The event is funded by the Governments of Canada and
Ontario, and sponsored by Manulife Financial.
"Manulife is proud to be a long-time funder of the program," says Kathy
Lockwood, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Corporate & Investment
Divisions, Manulife Financial. "The Mentoring Partnership plays a key
role in getting skilled immigrants into good jobs sooner, providing
healthier economic and social conditions for us all."
The Mentoring Partnership brings together recent skilled immigrants and
established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring
relationships. Mentors share job search tips, industry insights and
professional contacts, helping skilled immigrant mentees establish a
professional network in Canada.
"Over 6,000 skilled immigrants have been mentored since The Mentoring
Partnership program was launched in 2004 and 70 per cent have found
employment in their field," says Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive Director,
TRIEC. "This program thrives because individuals volunteer their time
as mentors. Today we thank all our mentor volunteers, and celebrate
outstanding individuals and leadership in mentoring."
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE MENTORING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
Leadership in mentor recruitment
This year corporate partner CIBC has reached the milestone of having
contributed 100 mentoring matches to the program. "CIBC is proud to
play a role in helping newcomers to Canada establish a strong new start
through mentoring relationships," says Sharon Wingfelder, Vice
President, Human Resources, Diversity & Resourcing, CIBC. "Mentoring
also benefits our employees who gain a better understanding of the
newcomer experience while making a real difference in the community."
CIBC joins the ranks of corporate partners recognized last year for
being leaders in mentor recruitment: TD Bank Financial Group, City of
Toronto, Deloitte, KMPG and Scotiabank.
The Mentoring Partnership program relies on the commitment of corporate
partners to engage employees/members to become mentors, market The
Mentoring Partnership internally, and host orientation events for their
mentors and mentees. Staff from corporate partners have accounted for
65 per cent of mentoring matches in the program. The other 35 per cent
of matches come from individual mentors not employed by corporate
Active corporate partners in 2010-2011
Certified General Accountants of Ontario
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Mentors who have mentored 10 or more skilled immigrants
Mentors say they gain as much as they give by mentoring skilled
immigrants. The fact that 30 per cent of mentors return to mentor again
"Mentoring provides real professional development," says Joe Ferreyro,
Associate Manager, Sun Life Financial. "You learn about other cultures
and get to interact with many types of people. I do a lot of mentoring
on the job, so I can apply what I learn to my daily activities of
coaching new hires. More importantly, I am paying it forward because I
remember what it was like when I immigrated."
Joe is one of 14 mentors who have gone above and beyond to mentor 10 or
more skilled immigrants. Over half of the mentors being recognized for
reaching this milestone are employees of the City of Toronto.
Mentees who have become mentors
The Mentoring Partnership has noticed a new trend: After establishing
their careers in Canada, former mentees are volunteering as mentors -
all wanting to repay the advice and encouragement they received.
"Mentoring is meaningful for me because I can share what I have
experienced with other skilled immigrants," says Taofeeq Olatinwo,
former mentee and Senior Manager of SAP at Hewlett-Packard. "My mentor
explained Canadian culture and the workplace. I believe this insight
has been essential in helping me integrate in all the jobs I've had
Taofeeq is one of 13 former mentees being recognized for returning to
the program to become mentors. The mentors originate from countries
including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.
About The Mentoring Partnership Program:
The Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration of corporate and community
partners, and operates as a program of TRIEC. TRIEC creates and
champions solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the
Greater Toronto Region labour market. Funding for The Mentoring
Partnership is provided by the Governments of Canada and Ontario,
Manulife Financial and Maytree.
Learn more at www.thementoringpartnership.com
SOURCE Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
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Claire DeVeale-Blane, Communications Manager, (416) 944-1946 ext. 271 (office) or 416-464-4042 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org or
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