Toronto Region Immigration Employment Council celebrates winners at 2nd Annual Mentoring Partnership Awards

    Program Mentors and Mentees Honoured for Outstanding Individual

    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - The Mentoring Partnership, an award-winning
program(*) of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), today
announced the winners of its 2nd annual celebration honouring individuals
contributing to a banner year of helping skilled immigrants achieve employment
    "The outstanding dedication of mentors and mentees are the driving force
behind the program's overall success," says Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive
Director of TRIEC. "Our annual awards provide a real opportunity to honour the
individuals who have gone the extra mile in helping us move the marker on
immigrant employment in the GTA."

    The 2007 award recipients include:
     -  Mentor of the Year (nominated by a mentee who was mentored in the
        program): Sue Cummings, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, TD
        Bank Financial Group
     -  Mentor of the Year (nominated by a coach, partner organization or
        corporate partner): Ranil Mendis, Budget Co-ordinator, Children's
        Services, City of Toronto
     -  Mentee of the Year: Sergiy Fomenko, IT Application Specialist,
        Patheon Inc.
     -  Special Achievement Award: Wayne Gilbert, volunteer at Dixie Bloor
        Neighbourhood Centre

    Launched in 2004, The Mentoring Partnership program was created to
increase the number of mentoring opportunities available to skilled immigrants
in the GTA and to connect them to established professionals in their field. As
of September 2007 the program has over 47 corporate partners, 1500 registered
mentors and has matched more than 2000 recent skilled immigrants with mentors.
Close to 70% of mentees have found professional employment either during or
three months after the mentoring relationship.
    "The incredible growth the Partnership has achieved in less than three
years is inspiring and exciting," says Elizabeth McIsaac. "Our success
reflects how the program fills a real need in the GTA for skilled immigrants,
and this success is largely due to the spirit of partnership - from our
community and corporate partners to all the mentors and mentees in the
    The Mentoring Partnership is a collaboration of community and corporate
partners that bring together skilled immigrants and established professionals
in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. The Partnership is a program
of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC), and is delivered
by a coalition of partner organizations in the City of Toronto and the regions
of Halton, Peel and York.
    Funding for The Mentoring Partnership is provided by Employment Ontario,
TD Bank Financial Group, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Maytree
Foundation, Region of Peel, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and United Way
of Peel Region.

    (*) 2007 Recipient of the Canadian Urban Institute Award for City

For further information:

For further information: Stephen Wilson, Communication Consultant,
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, (416) 944-1946 or (416) 732-3781

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