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Presenters at the BCE panel discussion

“Beyond ‘Canadian experience’: Immigrant employment from a human rights perspective”

On January 16, 2013 I participated in a panel titled, “Beyond ‘Canadian Experience’: Immigrant Employment from a Human Rights Perspective” in The Debates Room at Hart House at University of Toronto.  I represented the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto to launch a special edition of New Voices magazine centring on “Canadian experience.”  Below is my speech:

Everyday, unfortunately, whenever you read your daily newspaper or follow your Twitter feed, you will come along an article or a testimonial that will remind you that newcomers to Canada still face many barriers.

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A group of newcomer service providers attending Gerard Keledjian's presentation on "Immigration and the Media" at the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement - #CdnImm Event #3

Canadian experience: the newcomer services’ view

By 2015, 100 per cent of all labour growth in Canada will come from immigration. Still, recent statistics show that GTA unemployment rates, for example, stand at 5.4 per cent for Canadian-born workers, while they’re almost double for immigrants, at 9.6 per cent. If we just look at those who arrived in the past five years, the figure is as high as 14.2 per cent.

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3
Oct
During the filming of Introducing Toronto's host segments at the Distillery District, 2012.

An Immigrant Inspiration

About four years ago I migrated to Canada from Dubai, UAE, bringing with me over 15 years of experience and the dream of starting an exciting, new chapter in my life. However, like most new immigrants, I struggled to find my footing. In my search for solutions, I made mistakes as I came to terms with the new country I chose to call home.

One of the helpful “solutions” I came across was CAMP Networking, a PINs member Read more »

27
Feb
Presenters at the BCE panel discussion

“Beyond ‘Canadian experience’: Immigrant employment from a human rights perspective”

On January 16, 2013 I participated in a panel titled, “Beyond ‘Canadian Experience’: Immigrant Employment from a Human Rights Perspective” in The Debates Room at Hart House at University of Toronto.  I represented the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto to launch a special edition of New Voices magazine centring on “Canadian experience.”  Below is my speech:

Everyday, unfortunately, whenever you read your daily newspaper or follow your Twitter feed, you will come along an article or a testimonial that will remind you that newcomers to Canada still face many barriers. Read more

15
Jan
A group of newcomer service providers attending Gerard Keledjian's presentation on "Immigration and the Media" at the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement - #CdnImm Event #3

Canadian experience: the newcomer services’ view

By 2015, 100 per cent of all labour growth in Canada will come from immigration. Still, recent statistics show that GTA unemployment rates, for example, stand at 5.4 per cent for Canadian-born workers, while they’re almost double for immigrants, at 9.6 per cent. If we just look at those who arrived in the past five years, the figure is as high as 14.2 per cent.

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7
Jan
Architect Films

Architect Films’ new documentary on Toronto immigrants from countries in conflict

I have been asked by Architect Films to help out with a documentary they are producing about Canadian immigrants who come from countries in conflict.  Architect Films is looking for immigrants who can tell their stories. Below are details about the project.

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Architect Films is developing a documentary about immigrants living in Toronto who come from countries that have suffered through conflict in recent years. The documentary will tie together the stories of individuals who experienced violence firsthand in their homeland, and have since escaped to Toronto, the most multi-cultural city in the world. Read more »

30
Nov
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Maple Key Campaign 2012: Gerard’s Story

Shortly after moving to Canada, I started volunteering with the Mennonite New Life Centre working with a group of internationally trained journalists.
Currently my story is featured as part of the Centre’s “Maple Key Campaign 2012.” The campaign features also the stories of other newcomers that the Centre is helping: OlgaRayhan and Paco.
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6
Oct
Nada Khairallah

Persistence pays off for immigrant physiotherapist

Nada Khairallah was a successful physiotherapist in Lebanon, but she was looking for more. And she believed that she could find new opportunities in Canada. She applied for immigration in 1999 and was on her way to a new life in Canada. Read more »

6
Sep
Orange LLP Blog

Orange LLP features Gerard Keledjian’s success

The Orange LLP blog featured me this week as a newcomer success story! I was happy to share my stories - from Canadian media and the newcomer experience to maple syrup – with the readers of the blog. The interviewer was Tory Hetherington.

TH: You’re an incredibly accomplished person! How did you get your career started? Did you always know you’d have an involvement in media? Read more »

9
Aug
Victor Reyes

From engineering to environment: How a mentor helped an immigrant’s journey to work

When Victor Reyes left the Philippines to pursue his Master of Engineering in Australia, he didn’t think he will end up in Canada. And just when the idea of staying in Australia started to tempt him, he fell in love with a Canadian, got married and moved to Toronto in 2006.

Reyes didn’t do any research. When in Toronto, he contacted a credential evaluation service and had his degrees certified. Read more »

21
Jun
Alternatives Journal

Alternatives looking for story contributions from new Canadians

Alternatives is looking for story contributions from new Canadians with a professional background in scientific research and/or journalism in another country. Our goal is to produce at least four content packages of up to 1,000 words within the next year, assembling some perspective about how other countries are dealing with environmental challenges that Canadians are also facing. Pitches that are accepted for publication will be given creative direction, mentoring and support by Alternatives’ editorial staff, and writers will receive a payment at our standard rate of 10 cents per word upon completion of an assignment.
25
May
One of the diptychs Gundlock created for his new project.

Immigrants are people, not just figures says young Canadian photographer

Brett Gundlock didn’t know anything about immigration. He had not lived the immigrant experience himself nor did know anyone who had. His limited views on the subject came from what he had heard during his occasional chats with cab drivers and by listening to their stories. Read more »