Oshawa, ON – On Friday, local MPP Lorne Coe stopped by the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre’s (DRUHC) 33rd AGM. One of the highlights of the meeting was officially announcing how a three-year, $197,900 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, made earlier this year, will make a big difference for DRUHC’s The Mentorship Program (TMP). Funds from the grant will enable the group to hire an additional Mentoring Coach for The Mentoring Partnership, which is offered at all of DRUHC’s locations.
Whitby-Oshawa MPP Lorne Coe said: “I think it’s very important that we recognize all actions taken that encourage and support business development here in Durham Region. A mentoring program of this type, can do so much, especially one that is focused on building occupation-specific relationships.”
The Mentoring Partnership is the initiative of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). TMP brings together Internationally Trained Skilled Newcomers and Established Professionals in Occupation-Specific Mentoring Relationships. Mentors assist mentees in building a professional network, gaining local knowledge and understanding of workplace culture.
Executive Director of the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre, Maralyn Tassone, provided a brief overview of the increased DRUHC service to internationally trained professionals thanks to the Ontario Trillium Grant. Beth Clarke, TRIEC Director of Employer Programs, outlined during her speech The Mentoring Partnership program and the positive service impact to newcomers to Canada.
“The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre understands how important it is to Canada to have newcomers succeed in gaining employment commensurate with their skills and education,” said Tassone. “Therefore, we are delighted that thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant, we can expand mentoring services in Durham to Internationally Trained Professionals to match them with an established professional volunteer to develop a sector-specific network and understanding of their chosen profession.”
The Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre is committed to expanding valuable services to Internationally Trained Skilled Newcomers and Established Professionals through The Mentoring Partnership.
If you are an Internationally Trained Professional who would like to be Mentee, or a Professional who would like to volunteer 24-hours of your time over a four-month period to be a Mentor, please connect with our TMP's Mentorship Coordinator to learn more.
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The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. www.otf.ca