Okanagan Panorama

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:49

Okanagan Immigrants, eh!

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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.

My research for my presentation revealed data to back up the fact that immigrants that participate in programs such as this have a much higher chance of succeeding in their new country and being productive citizens than those that don’t. The research also showed that in addition to working with their mentor to increase their success it was necessary that were successful in four other areas: 1) They needed to have job-ready skills 2) They needed to have an up-to-date and optimized resume 3) They needed good networking skills and 4) They needed to not be shy.

The shyness and networking aspect resonated with me having written a book on the subject. But what stood out to me from the perspective of listing some 800 events on my Okanagan Business Events CalendarOkanagan Business Events Calendar, is that I don’t recall one that has had a multicultural focus. Have our immigrants that have started and operated businesses in the Okanagan integrated so well that we don’t even think of them as immigrants anymore or could they be purposely staying out of the limelight?

Most, if not all of the participants in the Mentorship Program are looking for local jobs and becoming productive Canadians. Their level of education that they bring with them is quite high.

If you are living in the Okanagan and have been considering giving back to our community you might want to consider volunteering as a Mentor. Give Marriana Chen or Aimee Jensen a call at Kelowna Community Resources 250-763-8008 Ext 135



Rae Stonehouse

Author Bio:

Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 27+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the personal/professional self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

His writing style can be described as being conversational. As an author Rae strives to have a one-to-one conversation with each of his readers, very much like having your own personal self-development coach. Rae is known for having a wry sense of humour that features in his publications.


Author of Self-Help Downloadable E-Books, paperbacks and on-line courses:


Power Networking for Shy PeoplePower Networking for Shy People: How to Network Like a Pro

52 Power Networking Tips: 52 Power Networking Tips: How to Network Like a Pro

PROtect Yourself Now!PROtect Yourself Now! Violence Prevention for Healthcare Workers

The Savvy EmceeThe Savvy Emcee: How to be a Dynamic Master of Ceremonies.

Power of PromotionPower of Promotion: On-line Marketing for Toastmasters Club Growth

You're Hired! Job Search Strategies That WorkYou're Hired! Job Search Strategies That Work: Available as an easily downloadable e-book or as an on-line e-course.

You're Hired! Resume Tactics:You're Hired! Resume Tactics: Job Search Strategies That Work

Job Interview PreparationJob Interview Preparation: Job Search Strategies That Work

Leveraging Your NetworkLeveraging Your Network: Job Search Strategies That Work

You're Hired! Power Tactics: You're Hired! Power Tactics: Job Search Strategies That Work

You're Hired! Job Searching Success Tips ListYou're Hired! Job Searching Success Tips List

Working With Words:Working With Words: Adding Life to Your Oral Presentations

Blow Your Own Horn! Blow Your Own Horn! Personal Branding for Business Professionals

Make it Safe!Make it Safe! A Family Caregiver's Home Safety Assessment Guide for Supporting Elders@Home


Phone Rae 250-451-6564 or info@raestonehouse.com

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