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Over 6000 skilled immigrants mentored

Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) recognized outstanding volunteer contributions to its award-winning program, The Mentoring Partnership, facilitating the mentorship of over 6,000 skilled immigrants.

The Mentoring Partnership brings together skilled recent immigrants and established professionals in occupation-specific mentoring relationships. Mentors share job search tips, industry insights and professional contacts, helping skilled immigrant mentees establish a professional network in Canada.

“Over 6,000 skilled immigrants have been mentored since The Mentoring Partnership program was launched in 2004 and 70 per cent have found employment in their field,” said Elizabeth McIsaac, Executive Director, TRIEC.

Mentors say they gain as much as they give by mentoring skilled immigrants. The fact that 30 per cent of mentors return to mentor again proves it.

“Mentoring provides real professional development,” says Joe Ferreyro, Associate Manager, Sun Life Financial. “You learn about other cultures and get to interact with many types of people. I do a lot of mentoring on the job, so I can apply what I learn to my daily activities of coaching new hires.”

“Mentoring is meaningful for me because I can share what I have experienced with other skilled immigrants,” says Taofeeq Olatinwo, former mentee and Senior Manager of SAP at Hewlett-Packard.
The mentors originate from countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Nigeria and Sri Lanka.

• Learn more at www.thementoringpartnership.com.

Posted: Jan 3, 2012

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