If there had been a mentoring program to help newcomers find work in their fields when she came to Canada 21 years ago, Eva Omes says she would have signed up in a heartbeat. The Polish-born architect, who now lives in Meadowvale, says it would have saved her two years of frustration.

Determined to give others the chances she never had, Omes is now a volunteer with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). She recently won an award for having mentored more than 10 immigrants over the past seven years.

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