Rogers TV presents Introducing Toronto, a rich and informative weekly series portraying the journey of recent immigrants who call our city home. The show presents the settlement and employment resources available to newcomers to Toronto to help them better integrate into Canadian society and its workforce.
This half-hour magazine program introduces various community agencies and educational institutions that serve the immigrant community in Toronto. These include job search workshops, language courses, bridging programs, mentoring initiatives and other resources.
Introducing T.O. profiles extraordinary immigrants who have overcome many challenges and successfully established themselves here. Their stories will inspire recent newcomers to follow their dreams and realize new achievements.
Join us as we celebrate the countless immigrants who are full of passion and determination to positively contribute to the life of this city. Gerard Keledjian, a newcomer himself, initially pitched the idea of the series to Rogers TV, and acts as the Community Producer and Co-Host of the show.
In the first episode, Introducing T.O. drops by a Language for Workplace Connections workshop at Access Employment and the International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program at The Chang School’s Gateway for International Professionals.
Also, the show features successful businessman Gautam Nath, who immigrated to Canada in 2008 and by 2011 was named one of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.
In the second episode, Introducing T.O. visits Skills for Change and drops by their Engineering Your Future workshop. The crew also discovers networking for immigrant professionals gets a boost from TRIEC’s development of PINs (Professional Immigrant Networks).
As well, community producer/host Gerard Keledjian visits Black Creek Pioneer Village for a taste of living in Toronto in the 1800’s.
The love of playing hockey is awaken in a young boy originally from Korea, plus the show profiles Dr. Sivakumar Gulasingam, a resident physician who is passionate about practicing medicine in his new home.
Plus, the program crew drops by the innovative Immigrant Women Integration Program and meets the co-founder of LAMBA, Fabiola Sicard, a woman who’s determined to raise the profile of Latin Americans when it comes to Canadian businesses.
In the fifth episode, Introducing T.O. takes a look at Career Bridge, an internship program to assist internationally trained professionals gain Canadian work experience. Also the episode explores Bike Host which introduces Toronto to newcomers via cycling.
Young newcomers with an entrepreneurial streak get guidance from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and the Mennonite New Life Centre helps newcomer youth to better adapt to their new city with its Youth Theatre Program.
In the sixth episode, Introducing Toronto presents a new partnership that is assisting newcomers in the task of finding a home and talks to immigrant David Lin about his passion for volunteering and how he has made it a family pastime.
As well, FutureWatch’s program, Rooted in Neighbourhoods introduces gardening in the city to immigrants and community producer/co-host Gerard Keledjian meets playwright Ins Choi, who explores his roots as a Korean immigrant in the Toronto hit play, Kim’s Convenience.