Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council receives Ontario's Newcomer Champion Award

    Organization honoured by province for promoting newcomers and diversity

    TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council
(TRIEC) is the proud recipient of the 2009 Newcomer Champion Award, which will
be presented by the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Michael
Chan, at a ceremony today.
    Created in 2007, the Newcomer Champion Awards recognize Ontarians who
have facilitated cultural understanding and diversity, and helped newcomers to
successfully settle and integrate into communities across the province. TRIEC
is one of only two organizations to ever receive this prestigious award, which
is generally presented to individuals.
    "TRIEC is honoured to receive the Newcomer Champion Award that recognizes
our work with key stakeholders and partners to better include immigrant skills
in the GTA economy," said Elizabeth McIsaac, executive director of TRIEC.
    "Immigrants are vital to the province's future. Better leveraging
immigrants' potential will translate into more vibrant communities and
innovative companies that can compete on the global stage. We're delighted
that the Government of Ontario is recognizing our work and that of other
dedicated recipients."

    Event details/Photo Opportunity:

    When:     Tuesday June 23, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.

    What:     Newcomer Champion Awards presented by The Honourable Michael
              Chan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

    Where:    Ontario Heritage Centre, The Gallery
              8 Adelaide Street East
              Toronto, ON, M5C 1J3

    TRIEC's key programs and partners include:

    -   The Mentoring Partnership (,
        which has matched more than 4,000 skilled immigrants with mentors who
        help newcomers navigate the job market

    - (, which provides
        employers with tools and resources needed to better recruit, retain
        and promote skilled immigrants

    -   The Immigrant Success Awards (, an
        annual recognition program for employers and individuals who
        demonstrate leadership by promoting immigrants in the workplace

    -   20 Journeys (, a traveling
        photography exhibit that raises public awareness about skilled
        immigrants and their experiences to achieve success in the labour

    Since 2003, TRIEC has facilitated collaboration among a diverse group of
stakeholders including employers, post-secondary institutions, employment
service providers, regulatory bodies and all three levels of government.
    For more information about TRIEC, please visit For more
information about the Newcomer Champion Awards, please visit

For further information:

For further information: Emily Mills, Media Relations and Communications
Specialist, TRIEC, (416) 944-1946 ext. 282,; Claire
DeVeale-Blane, Communications Manager, TRIEC, (416) 944-1946 ext. 271,; Michel Payen-Dumont, Media Relations, Ontario Ministry of
Citizenship and Immigration, (416) 314-7010,

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