MNLCT July – August 2019 Newsletter

In this edition: Opening Doors Job Fair | The BEMC BEAT | BREM In The Know | What’s your Story? | Announcements

We have a lot to share with you this summer, and three new sections in the newsletter: What’s Your Story?, The BEMC Beat, & BREM In The Know! Read on for all the latest updates, events and more on what’s been happening around our different locations and programs.


The Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLCT) is hosting the Opening Doors Job Fair, aimed at helping newcomers integrate into the Canadian labour market. The event, which is supported by DUKE Heights BIA, will feature ~20 employers and is open to all. 


Reflections on the 2019 International Metropolis Conference


This year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) hosted the International Metropolis Conference which brought together over 1000 delegates from foreign governments, academia and service provider organizations. MNLCT Executive Director Shelly D’Mello reflects on this year’s conference. Read more


What’s your story?

Every day Canada receives thousands of newcomers, all arriving with a dream to build a better life. Theirs are stories of courage, determination, ambition and true grit. This is Carina’s story.


Leading organizations in film production, non-profit advocacy, and marketing have integrated our Bridge to Employment in Media and Communications (BEMC) participants into their workplaces and been highly impressed by their value and contributions. 

Meet one of our Alumni in action – Dean Lobo! 

This former newspaper copy editor moved to Canada a little over a year ago from India. While pursuing the BEMC program, Dean found employment with The 519, the leading LGBTQ2S Community Centre in Toronto as a key member of their communications team.

Dean played a major role in carrying out the 519’s annual Toronto Pride month programming, as he also partook in the festivities for the first time this year!


Meet Zahra Rezazadeh, an internationally trained mental health professional and a student of MNLCT’s Bridge to Registration and Employment in Mental Health (BREM) program. Zahara recently graduated from the program after successfully completing her placement at a mental health organization in Ontario.

As part of the program, to gain experience in the field here in Canada, Zahra began working as a placement student at Supportive Family Services, an organization that provides quality counselling and psychotherapy to adults, children, families and couples in Ontario’s Vaughan and North York areas.

At her placement, Director and Lead Psychotherapist Patricia Weinberg provided invaluable experience and supervision within an Ontario context. Zahra was exposed to new strategies, approaches and theories, and demonstrated excellent rapport building and engagement with her clients.

Now, having successfully completed her placement at the organization and graduated from BREM, we are proud to say that Zahra has been hired as a Counselor by Supportive Family Services. She is also applying to CRPO to become a Registered Psychotherapist.

“Zahra took risks, asked valuable questions and never gave up. I am not surprised to see how wonderfully she has grown and will continue to flourish in her field,” says a proud Sheila Mulhern, BREM’s Educational and Placement Counsellor, as she reacts to the news of Zahra’s success.

It’s been a pleasure to be a part of your journey, Zahra. Congratulations on your success! 


Join us for a day at the park

The Mennonite New Life Centre is thrilled to host a special event full of fun activities so whole families can come together for a relaxing day before school starts.

Join us on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm for a Community Picnic at Toronto’s scenic High Park. A festive day of food and activities awaits you and your family and friends. Taste a variety of food from countries around the world (Syria, Mexico, Colombia, China, and more). You are also welcome to bring a dish of your choice and share a little piece of your unique culture with the community.

Take advantage of this opportunity to play creative games and go back to your childhood by enjoying activities designed to entertain community members of all ages! Be a part of a vibrant community that welcomes and celebrates your unique identity and embraces you as you are.

For more information please call 647-776-2057 or email


HOPES Career Coaching Workshops

HOPES is offering a free workshop on August 20 and 21, 2019.

The 2-day workshop will focus on coaching participants in career, employment or entrepreneurship exploration and customizing their goals.

For more information, please contact Ines Anderson ( or 647-776-2057) to set up an appointment for your intake interview.


LINC Registration Opens August 19

New LINC courses start on September 3, 2019. Choose from full-time and part-time courses as follows:

Mon to Fri 9:00AM to 2:30PM CLBs 3 – 4
Mon to Fri 9:00AM to 2:30PM CLBs 5 – 6

Mon to Fri 9:00AM to 11:30AM CLBs 0 – 1 – 2
Mon to Fri 9:00AM to 11:30AM CLBs 2 – 3
Saturdays 9:00AM to 12:00PM CLBs 0 – 1

Register in person at our Victoria Park office starting August 19, 2019 at 8:30am. Questions? Call (416) 291- 3248.


Citizenship test prep with MNLCT

Starting this Fall, MNLCT will be offering citizenship instruction in English, Arabic, and Spanish.

For more information, please contact:


Lingling –

Natalia –


Bissan –

Zahraa –


Romina –

Saul –

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"The Mennonite New Life Centre and its BEMC program came in very handy for me at the lowest ebb of my life by providing a lifeline and I am eternally grateful for that,”

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