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Microskills: Helping newcomer women and youth


MicroSkills is a multicultural, non-profit, community-based organization committed to assisting the unemployed with priority given to women, racial minorities, youth and immigrants. 

The focus is on skills training, employment and self-employment services throughout the GTA and Peel Region. 

For 30 years, MicroSkills has empowered women, youth and newcomers to build better lives and careers. 

Each year MicroSkills honours women and youth who have overcome serious challenges to build a better future. 

This year’s Margot Franssen Leadership Award was presented to Tammy Evans, a top condominium and mixed-use development lawyer in Ontario.

The three graduates of MicroSkills’ Women’s Self-Employment Program are Entrepreneur of the Year Awardees who are on their way to achieving their goals and successfully launching their businesses. 

Olivia (Moy) Fung: Olivia (Moy) Fung is the principal for Moy’s Card in a Frame Inc. and provides inspiration, motivation and strength through literary art pieces, workshops, seminars and consulting services. 

Rose Nixon: Rose Nixon of ReallyOrganized Now (RON), a service-based business offering clientele in the GTA personalized one-to-one, confidential attention with practical, efficient, functional solutions. 

Andrea Brunswick: Andrea Brunswick is a Certified Transition Coach, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator and co-owner at Empowering Angels. 

Youth Leadership Award: The Youth Leadership Award was presented to two young individuals who have made excellent contributions within Micro Skills’ programs and community and are role models to other youth.  The award embodies the drive, determination and concern for “at-risk youth.” 

Shannon Henry is currently enrolled in Humber Colleges ECE Diploma Program. 

Qurratul Ain is now attending Seneca-King Campus and is enrolled in the Pre-Health Science Program. 

Kay Blair, Executive Director at MicroSkills, said, “The awards celebration is our way of recognizing, encouraging and empowering many of the women, youth and newcomers that walk though our doors at MicroSkills. This is to let them know that anything is possible – that the sky is the limit.”

As a result of its investment in women, youth and corporation partners, MicroSkills has been able to improve the economic and social condition for women, new immigrants, visible minorities and youth in under-invested communities. By integrating individuals into the Canadian system, MicroSkills has been addressing the disproportionately high unemployment rates in the Greater Toronto Area. 

For more information, visit www.microskills.ca or call 416-247-7181, ext. 2299.   

Posted: Jun 30, 2014

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