On May 6, 2015, TRIEC hosted the Professional Immigrant Network (PINs) Annual Networking Event at the Arcadian Loft. Over 75 participants attended from 57 organizations including PINs associations, PINs partners and other TRIEC stakeholders.
It was an incredible evening of discussing highlights of the PINs program, networking and making new connections.
In the past year, some of the collaboration that has taken place in the PINs community include:
- The establishment of two umbrella organizations:
- Drs2Drs, an organization that supports internationally trained doctors in gaining meaningful employment
- Latin Networking Beyond Boundaries (LNBB), to foster the integration and promotion between Latin American professional organizations.
- A pilot with Magnet; a job-matching platform developed at Ryerson University to connect PINs members to employment opportunities
- A partnership with Volunteer Toronto on their Grassroots Growth program to help PINs associations enhance their volunteer engagement
In addition, PINs is working with Health Nexus to facilitate Network Mapping and Analysis for the PINs community. Network mapping is a process for visualizing and interpreting connections within a network to strengthen it, and its effectiveness, even further. PINs staff will be sending out a survey in the coming weeks to collect information in order to shape how the PINs network needs to develop and evolve to further our work together.
At the event, we also launched the new PINs association video, which features our PINs leaders and the work their association’s do to help connect their members to meaningful employment.
The evening also featured the newly revamped PINs website. It has new content and clearer messaging about what the PINs can offer and the benefits of connecting with professional immigrant associations.
How can you help immigrants connect to meaningful employment through the PINs community?
- PINs leaders: Help develop pathways for your members to participate in and benefit from TRIEC programs – The Mentoring Partnership, TRIEC Campus and Connector.
- PINs partners: Support your clients by referring them to PINs associations; raise awareness of your programs and services and share information, expertise and resources with the PINs associations
- In addition, help raise awareness of PINs by sharing the video and the website with immigrants, immigrant leaders, employers, service providers and other key stakeholders who aren’t a part of our network.