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An Ethno-Cultural Approach To Mentoring



The Association of Romanian Engineers in Canada (AREC) has launched a new mentoring pilot-program for the Romanian-Canadian newcomer engineers. The program is run by JVS Toronto and overseen by TRIEC, and starts with a new approach to mentoring, matching newcomers with mentors from the same ethno-cultural background. AREC is one of the five Professional Immigrant Networks that take part to the pilot-program.

The mentees Tiberiu Orban and Andrei Horga have great expectations from the program and hope it will help them find work in their field of expertise.

Tiberiu is an Electrical Engineer who has not worked in his field since he came to Canada. He hopes he will have the chance to learn a lot from his Romanian-Canadian mentor. "I will do my best in order to use the most of my mentor's knowledge, advice and support, hopefully resulting in me succeeding to reach my career goals," says Tiberiu.

As a Civil Engineer, Bogdan knows that it will take time and effort for him to be able to work in his field, but he is ready for the challenge. "I had heard about AREC and when I came to Canada it was the first place I went for help and advice. I am confident that the mentoring program will give me the knowledge and confidence I need to build my career."

Ileana Cioc is thrilled to participate to the program as a mentor. "When I came to Canada 10 years ago, such programs did not exist. I am glad I can share my experience now and help a newcomer succeed."

Emil Caraghin is also enthusiastic about him being a mentor to a Romanian-Canadian newcomer. "I am happy that my experience will help others accomplish their goals," says Emil.

The pilot-program is coordinated by Victoria Bularda, who has been a mentor to newcomers for more than five years. "As a mentor, I have collaborated in the past with various non-profit organizations. Working with AREC, JVS Toronto and TRIEC is an opportunity for me to help others and learn at the same time."

The pilot program is open to newcomer engineers of Romanian background and will run for four months.

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Author: Beatrice Kohlenberg
Date: 2011-03-23
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