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 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