I recently became involved with a new cause. I wasn’t really looking for a new opportunity per se, but it came to me via my work as an organization my company has been supporting for years. The organization is called TRIEC – Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council – and is dedicated to integrating immigrants into the Toronto labour market.
In recent years, the economic downturn has spelled greater job hardship for new Canadians competing for scarce jobs. Without getting into the politics of immigrant opportunities, I have always been aware of the great fortune we have as Canadians living in a politically stable society with good education and healthcare, and for the most part (especially relative to other parts of the world), a stable economy.
Immigrants come to Canada with the hopes of building a ‘better’ life for themselves and their families. Faced with unemployment and underemployment, this hope is challenged. In response, TRIEC works closely with these newcomers, pairing them with Canadian professionals in their field who act as mentors.
I have been paired with a woman from India with significant marketing and communications experience, looking for gainful employment in her field. She is keen and has a great deal to offer. I look forward to accompanying her on her journey. I know that I will learn a lot myself and hopefully make a new friend in the process. Stay tuned for more.
To learn more about TRIEC visit their website.