Awards honour mentors and new Canadians

Mentoring program includes 50 corporate partners, 3,400 mentors
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/21/2009

The recession has made it even harder for new, skilled immigrants to find jobs in their field. No one knows this better than Kenneth Chiguvare, an experienced business analyst with a master’s degree from the United Kingdom.

Determined to make a life for himself and his family in Canada, Chiguvare signed up with the Mentoring Partnership, a Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) program. With the help of his mentor, Chiguvare mastered the art of the cold call to land a night job in customer service.

“The biggest challenge I have faced is lack of Canadian experience and I have learned a lot from my mentor Alan Keith (of 20/20 Assessment) on how to answer such questions from employers,” said Chiguvare.