Organization honoured by province for promoting newcomers and diversity

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Toronto, June 23, 2009 – The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is the proud recipient of the 2009 Newcomer Champion Award, which will be presented by the Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Michael Chan, at a ceremony today.

Created in 2007, the Newcomer Champion Awards recognize Ontarians who have facilitated cultural understanding and diversity, and helped newcomers to successfully settle and integrate into communities across the province. TRIEC is one of only two organizations to ever receive this prestigious award, which is generally presented to individuals.

“TRIEC is honoured to receive the Newcomer Champion Award that recognizes our work with key stakeholders and partners to better include immigrant skills in the GTA economy,” said Elizabeth McIsaac, executive director of TRIEC.

“Immigrants are vital to the province’s future. Better leveraging immigrants’ potential will translate into more vibrant communities and innovative companies that can compete on the global stage. We’re delighted that the Government of Ontario is recognizing our work and that of other dedicated recipients.”

Event details/Photo Opportunity:
When: Tuesday June 23, 2009 at 11:15 a.m.
What: Newcomer Champion Awards presented by The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Where: Ontario Heritage Centre, The Gallery
8 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, ON, M5C 1J3

TRIEC’s key programs and partners include:

The Mentoring Partnership, which has matched more than 4,000 skilled immigrants with mentors who help newcomers navigate the job market, which provides employers with tools and resources needed to better recruit, retain and promote skilled immigrants
The Immigrant Success Awards, an annual recognition program for employers and individuals who demonstrate leadership by promoting immigrants in the workplace
20 Journeys, a traveling photography exhibit that raises public awareness about skilled immigrants and their experiences to achieve success in the labour market

Since 2003, TRIEC has facilitated collaboration among a diverse group of stakeholders including employers, post-secondary institutions, employment service providers, regulatory bodies and all three levels of government.

For more information about TRIEC, please visit For more information about the Newcomer Champion Awards, please visit

Ontario’s Champions of Diversity Recognized

McGuinty Government Presents Awards To Leaders For Their Commitment To Newcomers
Ten outstanding leaders in promoting Ontario’s diversity and creating welcoming communities for newcomers will be honoured in Toronto.

Among the recipients of the 2009 Newcomer Champions Awards are advocates for the education of newcomers and foreign trained professionals, entrepreneurs, and exceptional social workers who go above and beyond the call of duty.

The ten award recipients are:

Dr. Yamil H. Alonso of Brampton
Mario J. Calla of Toronto
Dr. Balliram Chadee of Ajax
Ian Jones of Milton
Nora Melara-Lopez of Hamilton
Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization of Ottawa (OCISO)
Fani Papadopoulos of Toronto
Aurelia Tokaci of Hamilton
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council of Toronto (TRIEC)
Ann Welsh of North Bay

The ceremony will take place on Tuesday June 23, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Ontario Heritage Centre in Toronto, in honour of National Multiculturalism Day, June 27.