Become a mentor: Help skilled immigrants succeed in the labour market

March 24, 2015

Become a mentor.

Help make a lasting difference in the life of a skilled immigrant searching for meaningful work.

Since 2007, University of Toronto staff and faculty have helped over 60 skilled immigrants succeed in the labour market.

“I was once in their shoes (as a new immigrant to Canada),” shares U of T’s Deborah Simon-Edwards, Executive Director, Finance & Administration. “I wanted to give back to those individuals who are new to Canada [and who are] in search of meaningful employment.”

Simon-Edwards is a mentor with the Mentoring Partnership program, a special program administered by the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council or TRIEC. Over the course of four months, volunteers spend approximately 24 hours helping the individual gain confidence and communication skills, while developing effective job search strategies.

Since joining the program in 2013, Simon-Edwards has mentored three individuals.

The best part of her experience?

“Seeing people’s confidence grow as they use the strategies I recommend in their job search and ultimately obtain suitable employment.”

For more information about the Mentoring Partnership program, please attend an information session:

Thursday, March 26, 2015
1:00 p.m.
Organizational Development & Learning Centre
215 Huron Street

For any questions or to RSVP, please contact