COSTI Immigrant Services launches book publication

    COSTI - A History in Progress

    TORONTO, March 30 /CNW/ - COSTI Immigrant Services is pleased to announce
the launch of COSTI - A History in Progress, a book publication of the
organization's history chronicling more than 50 years of service to the
community. A cocktail reception for media and invited guests will be held on
Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at the Revival Restaurant, 783 College Street, 6:30
    COSTI's evolution into one of Canada's largest community-based
multicultural organizations can be seen as a mirror image of Canada's own
evolutionary course. As Canada changed over the years, so too did COSTI, with
each successive wave of immigration. "COSTI embraces the ideals of this
country," says author Adriana Suppa. "In researching, interviewing and
documenting the struggles of newcomers, I have gained a greater respect and
appreciation for the organization and its clients. The services COSTI provides
are invaluable."
    The book tells the story of the many challenges and successes experienced
by newly arrived immigrants to Ontario over the last 55 years, and also
describes the tireless and selfless efforts of many volunteers and staff,
whose roles were pivotal to the success of the organization. It is broken down
by themes such as the founding of COSTI; the establishment of a Women's
Centre; a Refugee Reception Centre; and the organization's involvement with
the United Way, the Toronto Chinese Community Services Association, and the
African Canadian Social Development Council. The book also documents the more
recent obstacles faced by internationally trained professionals and
    Elie Mfuamba, a former resident at the COSTI Reception Centre, fondly
recalls his family's first days at the Centre. "We came without anything, we
knew nothing about Canada," says Elie, now a French Supply Teacher. "We
received a lot of help and information about how to live and work in Ontario.
COSTI was our 'first family' in Canada, they gave us everything." Assisting
newcomers with the process of integration, of understanding, and of
communication - these continue to be the fundamental objectives of COSTI
Immigrant Services.
    "A strong nation is built one person at a time. Citizens become committed
to their country when they feel that their country is working for them," says
Mario Calla. Keeping immigrants separate and apart from the mainstream weakens
the social and economic development of the whole community. Newly-arrived
Canadians require assistance in determining where they can perform best in
their adopted society and how to get there. That's where COSTI comes in.
    This event is open to media and invited guests only. Expected guests
include elected officials, community leaders, and former volunteers and
clients interviewed for the publication. The book will be available on-site.

    Background Information

    Adriana Suppa is the Communications Advisor for the Law Foundation of
Ontario, a grant-making organization dedicated to promoting access to justice.
She is also a freelance writer and has worked and written for several
publications. Adriana has been a key volunteer with COSTI for over 10 years in
the areas of community development and fundraising. In addition to her work
with COSTI, Adriana sits on the Board of the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
    COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency
providing employment, educational, and social services to new Canadians and
individuals in need of assistance. Since 1952, COSTI has been helping those in
need, assisting newcomer professionals and tradespersons and all individuals
looking for employment, providing hope to refugee families, protecting women
and children, strengthening families, combating racism and discrimination, and
assisting all those who function at a disadvantage in society. With a staff of
over 300 people, speaking more than 63 languages, COSTI strives to ensure that
all individuals, regardless of language, cultural, or financial barriers, are
given the opportunity to use their existing skills, learn new ones, and
participate in all aspects of Canadian life. COSTI presently provides support
to over 49,000 individuals annually.

For further information:

For further information: Any media interested in interviewing the
author, or who would like to cover this event are asked to contact Mary
Cellucci, COSTI, Office: (416) 658-1600, ext. 25, Mobile: (416) 565-4416,

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