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St. Michael's leadership role helping skilled immigrants honoured

Toronto, March 26, 2010

St. Michael’s has amassed an impressive track record of helping skilled immigrants gain employment in Canada.

Patricia Simeons is one of 35 internationally-trained immigrants that have arrived at St. Michael’s since 2004 through the Career Bridge internship program, and have gone on to successful careers here.

Watch the video presentation shown at the TRIEC Immigrant Success Awards on March 25, 2010. St. Michael's won the Toronto Star Award for Excellence in Workplace Integration.

Simeons dreamed of establishing a new life in Canada. She was a highly qualified engineer with considerable experience in the telecommunications industry in South Africa. However, this experience did not translate into job prospects.

“I applied to hundreds of jobs and I got absolutely no response,” related Simeons. “It was very discouraging.”

By chance, she stumbled across the Career Bridge website. Before long, she secured an internship in St. Michael’s Vendor Administration department. After her 12-month internship, she was offered a contract position that has led to a full-time role.

“Having an internship position boosted my confidence, made me feel like I was marketable and was employable,” added Simeons.

St. Michael’s was one of several organizations honored at the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Immigrant Success Awards March 25th. The Toronto Star Award for Excellence in Workplace Integration was awarded to St. Michael’s at a ceremony hosted by CBC Radio’s Matt Galloway.

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