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Portal discussion: Employment


Date Thursday, January 12, 2012
Time 1pm - 4:00pm


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Settlement At Work is more than a website: Settlement At Work is a knowledge hub bringing together practitioners and experts to collaborate, connect, share and build capacity. At this inaugural event, we are forming the Settlement At Work Hub Group to present what makes us tick and what we're developing behind the scenes, as well as finding out from you how we can better support you in your work in the settlement sector.

Innovators, practitioners and experts in the settlement sector are invited to participate in this event, discussion, meeting and collaborative exercise. The aim of this event is to:

  • determine the foundational learning involved with providing employment services to newcomers;
    • what are the gaps and overlaps in understanding between settlement service providers providing employment & skills training services?
  • to share understanding about the challenges and problems with providing employment and training
  • more


Register early, as there is limited space.


Time Presenter/Organisation Description
1pm-1:30pm Doug - Settlement At Work
  • Registration, greetings & overview
  • Settlement At Work, described
  • The goals of Settlement At Work, and about being the knowledge hub for the settlement sector in Ontario.
Douglas Bastien is the Online Capacity Development Facilitator at OCASI - The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. He runs Settlement At Work and is responsible for increasing capacity in the sector, implementing Web 2.0 technologies and making collaboration as part of its DNA.
1:30pm-2:00pm Rebecca - Skills for Change

Skills for Change employment training

  • Context
  • Solutions
  • Results
  • Challenges
  • Next steps
Rebecca Newton is the Employment Counsellor and Team Lead for the Flemingdon Park location of Skills for Change. She has 4 years experience in not-for-profit, primarily working with internationally trained professionals to assist them in getting back to work in their field. Her background is in adult education, curriculum development and program design, teaching English as a second language and journalism.
2:00pm-2:30pm Irene - JVS Toronto
  • Context
  • Challenges
  • Next steps
Irene is the ISTEM (Immigrant Settlement, Training, Employment, Mentoring) Manager at JVS Toronto. Irene has a background in Education and HR with a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and many years of experience in adult education, ESL training and recruitment. Irene oversees Newcomer Employment Services at the JVS North location that include programs such as Job Search Workshop and Enhance Language Training for Internationally Trained Professionals in different occupational fields.
2:30pm-3:00pm Aimee - OCASI TESS (Training for Employment Support Services) course
  • Context
  • Challenges
  • Next steps
Aimee Holmes is the former Project Manager of this initiative and will discuss the identified knowledge and skill gaps, unanticipated outcomes, challenges, and strategies to continue the conversation within and between the settlement & employment sectors following the end of the project.
3:00pm-3:30pm Elmira - Bathurst-Finch and Lawrence Heights - Toronto Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs)
  • Context
  • Challenges
  • Next steps
Elmira Galiyeva is the Community Engagement Facilitator at Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), JVS Toronto. Elmira holds a Mater’s Degree in Development Administration and has over ten years of experience working in the non-profit sector focusing on community initiatives on the issues of newcomer settlement, housing, youth economic education, volunteering and more. As LIP Community Engagement Facilitator, Elmira’s role is to promote partnerships among newcomer service providers, which contribute to the development of welcoming communities for new Canadians.
Open discussion
3:30pm-4:00pm (All)
  • Towards a common discussion about the sector
  • Foundational understanding Employment services

Want to present about your organisations' employment training for newcomers? Send me an email and we'll go over your presentation

Target audience

  • Innovators, practitioners and experts in the settlement sector who are already familiar with Settlement At Work
  • Practitioners in the settlement sector involved in providing employment services to newcomers


  • Feel free to bring your laptop. In fact, please do.
  • WIFI access will be available;
  • For regular news about the sector and to find out about events like this, please feel free to sign up to the Settlement At Work mailing list;
  • Upon registration your email address will be automatically added to a mailing list of of Settlement At Work Innovators. You can unsubscribe from the list at any time. My use of the list is very irregular but not overbearing.


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