Okanagan Panorama

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:49

Okanagan Immigrants, eh!

Okanagan Immigrants, eh! by Rae Stonehouse, Okanagan-based Author, Speaker, Speech/Presentations Coach, Power Networker & Toastmaster Extraordinaire. This past week I was invited as a guest speaker to talk about business networking skills at the Mentor-Mentee Mixer hosted by Kelowna Community Resources Immigrant Services Settlement & Employment Mentorship Program.

This was an eye-opener for me in that while I was certainly aware that there were new immigrants living in the Okanagan, I had never really given it much thought.

New immigrants to Canada by way of the Okanagan, have the opportunity to participate in this effective program. Mentees are matched with local mentors, who may or may not have been an immigrant at one time themselves. Mentors meet with their mentees about once a week for a few hours and share sage advice and experience on how to be Canadian as well as job-hunting advice. I would expect that most of us have never given any thought to what it means to be Canadian.

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