With a commitment to diversity and employees from a wide range of professions, Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning joined TRIEC Mentoring Partnership because they believed that they had a lot to offer new immigrants looking to reconnect with their careers in Canada.
“TRIEC Mentoring Partnership is an excellent program,” says Elana Lewis, Manager, Community Employment Services at Humber College. “Diversity is one of the cornerstones of our organization and so we definitely wanted to be a part of it.”
Humber College first joined TRIEC Mentoring Partnership in 2007. Since then, over 60 Humber employees have volunteered as mentors for 100 skilled immigrants. Mentors come from across all disciplines and include deans, instructors, enrollment advisors, facility managers and more. Forty per cent of Humber mentors have mentored more than once, attesting to the value they see in the program.
“Our mentors comment that they learn as much from their mentees as they give,” says Elana. “It really builds a sense of connection with the community. I remember one mentor telling me how humble he felt by meeting these individuals who are bringing such great experience and culture to Canada.”
Named a Best Employers for New Canadians in 2013, Humber College’s participation in TRIEC Mentoring Partnership is just one way they support their commitment to a workforce that reflects the diversity of our students, our city and Canada.
“Being part of this program allows us to showcase Humber College as an educational institution,” says Elana. “It is really a reflection of our values and our desire to reflect and to give back and be a part of the community.”