Applications for a skills and leadership development program for newcomer women now open

Credit to Author: Ramya Ramanathan| Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2022 15:42:48 +0000

The Sister2Sister Advanced Leadership Program, a free six-month program for newcomer women offered by Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto in partnership with Schulich Executive Education, a strategic business unit within the Schulich School of Business at York University. is currently accepting applications for Cohort 3 (2022-2023).

The program offers a foundational Project Management certificate from Schulich, and equips program participants with a go-to-market strategic plan, employment readiness, career coaching and a paid internship through a robust partner network.

Prospective applicants can find more information and the application form for Cohort 3 here:

Elona Canellari, project lead from Newcomer Women’s Services, says that the program has had a big impact on the women’s confidence as they build and connect with a community of ‘sisters’ with similar experiences.

“They also love learning new skills through project management training and through the soft-skills training (EDI, cross-cultural communications, conflict-resolution, business writing, personal branding, as well as resume help, interview prep, etc.) allowing them to feel much more prepared to enter the Canadian workforce,” says Canellari.  “The sisters are also most positively impacted by connecting with our employer partners and new industries, starting internships or job placements that give them the ‘Canadian experience’, which has previously been a big barrier in finding meaningful employment.”

So far, 25 have graduated from Cohort 1 and 24 more will graduate this October from Cohort 2. Canaellari says that the program has received many positive testimonials from previous graduates.

“This experience helped me be more confident about my skills and be aware of my rights and privileges as an immigrant woman in Canada. It also helps me better understand the barriers we face and how I could create strategies to overcome them,” says one of the graduates from Cohort 1.

Minister Monte McNaughton visits Newcomer Women’s Services.

Earlier this year, Newcomer Women’s Service Program received funding to support the program from the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

“Immigrants make our province stronger and our culture richer. Our government is proud to invest in programs that give newcomer women the skills to find meaningful jobs in their communities, lead purpose-driven lives, and grow Ontario’s economy for everyone,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, speaking at a recently-held event at Newcomer Women’s Services.

The program aligns education, training, and skills development with the needs of employers and the local labour market. The program has attracted investment and potential job creation through internships and job placements with prominent employers in Canada.

“As an employer partner, we are pleased to be part of the Sister2Sister Advanced Leadership program. The program prepares immigrant women and equips them with the tools, resources and skills required to succeed in the Canadian labour market. The Immigrant Employment Council of BC hired a graduate from the program that has added value to our work from day one. The program taught participants skills that are transferable and much needed in today’s labour market,” shared Rania Younes, Senior Manager, National Network, IECBC.

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