Each moment of the year has its own beauty, and as the season changes, we look forward to new joys, new festivities, and more news to share. Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the last couple of months and what’s in store ahead. Happy reading, and don’t forget to VOTE today if you’re eligible!
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. In this issue, we bring you Vergine’s story.
Giving With Love fundraiser
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019 Time: 10am – 3pm Location: 2737 Keele St., Unit 9
The Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto is hosting a fundraising event GIVING WITH LOVE, selling food and gently used clothing and household items. Giving with Love is a family-friendly event featuring live music. There will also be specially made food available that you can pre-order and pick up at the event. Orders can be placed through the CanadaHelps page where you can also make a donation and receive a donation receipt.
Finding my way back to Psychology: as told by Elaine Silva
One of the biggest impacts immigration can have on a newcomer’s life is related to their career. Back home in Brazil, Elaine Silva had a good job, always felt respected as a professional, and knew she could easily find a job in her area. As an immigrant, her experience was different – her credentials were not recognized in Canada, she knew no one, and she had no knowledge about the job market and possibilities she could take advantage of until she made the decision to join a program that suited her goal to re-enter the field of psychology here in Canada. Read Elaine’s story here
The new cohort for the BREM program is here and ready to take on the world!
Opening Doors to employment ops for newcomers
This year’s Opening Doors job fair hosted by MNLCT & sponsored by DUKE Heights BIA saw a turnout of over 220 job seekers making connections that could result in job opportunities. The fair hosted 15 employers from different fields and a community partner offering entrepreneurship support. Read more
MNLCT staff member Soraya Lozano receives the Woman on Fire award!
We are so proud that one of our very own staff members – Soraya Lozano – has recently been recognized for her hard work in promoting the performing arts. Soraya was awarded the Woman on Fire – Performer Award at the Woman on Fire – Get Inspired Conference & Awards Gala 2019, an event that recognizes the inspiring work of women entrepreneurs in various fields.
We all have seen Soraya working hard at MNLCT, but what many do not know is that behind her quiet demeanor is a strong, driven woman on fire, with a passion for dance, culture, and fitness. The Woman on Fire award is just one of many that Soraya has received so far. Last year, Soraya won an award at Toronto Waterfront Awards 2018 in the Arts and Culture category. She is also recognized in the Peruvian community in Canada as the “Peruvian Pride” and Ambassador of Peruvian dances in Canada for her hard work to promote Peruvian dances in the Latin and Canadian communities.
Congratulations once again Soraya, we are proud to have a person of your talents and passion working alongside us here at MNLCT!
We are still accepting vendor applications for our 2019 Holiday Crafts & Food Marketplace. Newcomers are encouraged to apply, proceeds go toward MNLCT’s programs and services that help newcomers integrate more smoothly into their communities.
Please be aware that limited in-person appointments are available on Tuesdays & Thursdays in our Keele office and on Wednesdays in the Finch office. Also, we continue to offer services via phone, email and online.