20 Journeys exhibit at Mississauga Civic Centre: February 17-23, 2009

    Features stories of immigrants entering the workforce in Mississauga and
    the GTA

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Paul Liu immigrated to Canada from China with a
wealth of professional experience and a computer science degree, but could
only find a job at a fast food restaurant earning lower than minimum wage.
Paul secured a Career Bridge internship, applied his international experience
to his Canadian projects, and landed full-time employment in his field with
the City of Mississauga.
    Paul's story is featured in 20 Journeys: A Visual Essay of the Immigrant
Experience, presented by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
(TRIEC). 20 Journeys is a traveling photo exhibit that will be on display from
February 17-23, 2009 at the Mississauga Civic Centre. The exhibit is open to
the public. A launch reception for local employers will be held Tuesday,
February 17, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, in partnership with the City of
Mississauga, Peel Newcomer Strategy Group, and the Mississauga Board of Trade.
    Through powerful photography and short narratives, 20 Journeys tells the
stories of skilled immigrants who have successfully entered the local
workforce. 20 Journeys also highlights the employers, programs, and innovative
strategies that help newcomers enter the labour market. The exhibit features
immigrants from China, India, the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Lebanon,
Israel, Singapore, Mexico, Argentina, Dominica, Ukraine, and the UK.

    Exhibit details:

    Where:       Mississauga Civic Centre
                 Great Hall
                 300 City Centre Drive

    When:        Tuesday, February 17 to Monday, February 23, 2009

    Launch event details:

    Where:       Mississauga Civic Centre
                 Great Hall
                 300 City Centre Drive

    When:        Tuesday, February 17, 2009
                 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Speakers:    Sheldon Leiba, President and CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade
                 Martin Powell, P.Eng., Acting City Manager, Commissioner,
                  Transportation & Works, City of Mississauga
                 Paul Liu, Intermediate Buyer, City of Mississauga, featured
                  in 20 Journeys
                 Evelyn Myrie, Director, Peel Newcomer Strategy Group
                 Rodel Imbarlina-Ramos, Manager, Corporate and Stakeholder
                  Relations, TRIEC

    "20 Journeys reflects the experience of many immigrants who bring
valuable skills, education and talent to the region each year," said Elizabeth
McIsaac, executive director of TRIEC. "We hope this exhibit will help to
broaden public awareness of the benefits of including newcomers in our
economy, and showcase how their contributions help strengthen the Toronto
Region's competitive advantage in a global marketplace."
    According to the 2006 census, the proportion of Canada's population born
outside the country reached its highest level in 75 years. In the City of
Mississauga, more than half of the population was born outside of Canada.
Mississauga is Canada's sixth largest city with a population of more than
700,000. Between 2001 and 2006, the immigrant population growth in Mississauga
exceeded the total population growth (StatsCan, Census 2006).
    20 Journeys is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and is part
of TRIEC's ongoing public awareness work. TRIEC's primary goal is to help
integrate skilled immigrants into the local labour market by finding
solutions, ensuring action, and connecting partners in new and unique ways.
    Visit www.triec.ca/20journeys for more information.

    About TRIEC

    The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is working to
find solutions to better include skilled immigrants in the local labour
market, while at the same time helping organizations benefit from the skills
and talents immigrants bring with them to Canada. Since 2003, TRIEC has
facilitated collaboration among a diverse group of stakeholders including
employers, post-secondary institutions, employment service providers,
community organizations, regulatory bodies and all three levels of government.
TRIEC is finding solutions, ensuring action, and connecting partners in new
and unique ways. For more information on the work of TRIEC visit www.triec.ca.

For further information:

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Lillian
Manea, Communications Manager, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
(TRIEC), (416) 944-1946 x 240, lmanea@triec.ca; Sonja Banic, BAA, ABC,
Manager, Public Affairs City of Mississauga, (905) 615-3200, ext. 5052,

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