Media Advisory - Helping build a better future

TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ - MicroSkills Community Development Centre will be hosting our 13th annual Gala and Awards Presentation on Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 pm at the Pearson Convention Centre, 2638 Steeles Avenue E. in Brampton, to honour our courageous clients and present several special awards to leaders in our community.

We invite you to attend and witness first-hand the amazing work we do, and to celebrate MicroSkills' award recipients. The awards are:

    -  The Margot Franssen Leadership Award recognizing a woman who combines
       outstanding leadership with a passionate commitment to advancement of
       women and girls. Ann Buller, President and CEO of Centennial College,
       is this year's recipient.
    -  The MicroSkills Corporate Spirit Award honours companies who strive
       for excellence, not only in business, but also in support of their
       communities and diversity. IBM Canada is receiving this special honour
       for 2010.
    -  The MicroSkills Entrepreneur of the Year awards honour graduates of
       the Women's Enterprise and Resource Centre who have successfully
       realized their dream of starting their own business. Nancy Allen
       (Cosmyc Vibes), Sasha Allison (Living Legend Entertainment) and Sharon
       Lucas (Nothing but Sweetness) are the three dynamic women receiving
       these awards.
    -  The MicroSkills Youth Leadership Award celebrates youth who have
       exhibited excellent achievement and who are role models to other youth
       in MicroSkills programs and the community. Omar Goodman and Rachita
       Monga, who have overcome obstacles and thrived, are our award
       recipients this year.

The MicroSkills Executive Director and Board of Directors invite you to join in the celebration of our hard work, success and commitment to honour the leaders in our community. Information can be found on the MicroSkills website ( The inspirational stories of these winners are so important in a time when we need to hear about people and companies who are facing obstacles and overcoming them. The event provides a wonderful opportunity to focus on the heroic efforts of people who make our community a better place for all of us.

MicroSkills is a multicultural, non-profit, community-based organization committed to assisting the unemployed, with priority given to women, racial minorities, youth and immigrants, through settlement, training, employment and self-employment services throughout the GTA and Peel Region. For more than 25 years, MicroSkills has empowered women, youth and newcomers to build better lives and careers. With an innovative and holistic approach unique in its sector, MicroSkills trains, guides and mentors over 20,000 adults and youth annually - one life at a time.


For further information: For further information: Media contact: Annette Heatherington, Director of Resource Development, MicroSkills, (416) 247-7181, ext. 2342, (416) 729-9592,

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