Luminato 2014 – great volunteering opportunity with mentorship benefits

April 23, 2014

Haven’t been to Luminato Festival before? You are not a Torontonian until you have experienced the most celebrated Arts and Cultures Festival in the heart of Toronto.

For 2014 season, Luminato Festival has closed their volunteer application to general public because volunteering for Luminato is POPULAR and they can’t simply accept so many volunteers.  Thanks to our long standing partnership with Luminato and Luminto’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Festival is still accepting CultureLink’s newcomer volunteers!

Group interview and Match with wonderful mentors happen this weekend – Saturday April 26! Come to join us. Sign up now online and speak to one of the following staff to book an appointment for Saturday April 26 and ask your questions. Registration is a must – we have limited space.

Caixia – 416 588 6288 ext 209; Rekesh – 416 588 6288 ext 226; Hashem – 416 588 6288 ext 220; Elizabeth 416 588 6288 ext 231

On Saturday, there are as many as 17 pairs of  strong mentors available to be matched with newcomers and you may interview for different positions at the Festival.  The following positions are available for CultureLink newcomer volunteers:

  • Festival Ambassador
  • Festival Administrative Volunteer
  • Arts Marketing
  • Info Team

Lunch will be provided for your visit to CultureLink. Don’t miss this great networking opportunity and gain valuable work experience Sign up online now!

April 09, 2014

Seeking Board Members

CultureLink is a non-profit charity with the mission and mandate of developing and delivering settlement services to meet the needs of diverse communities since 1988. We invite you to join an organization that is passionate about providing innovative services to newcomers. Our team of 50 staff members, speaking more than 30 languages, are dedicated, knowledgeable, and multicultural. In everything we do, we are committed to embracing differences and linking the old with the new.  CultureLink is recruiting new members for its Board of Directors.


We envision a welcoming community where all stakeholders are united in supporting the successful settlement and empowerment of newcomers in Canada.


CultureLink is dedicated to facilitating the independence and full participation of newcomers in Toronto’s diverse community by:

•           Enhancing   skills   that   promote   self- sufficiency

•           Promoting positive interactions with and understanding of newcomer communities

•           Providing   innovative   programming   to meet the changing settlement needs of newcomers and volunteers

•           Promoting     the     well-being     of     all participants.

CultureLink works within a non-discriminatory framework to ensure a respectful, safe, and inclusive environment.

Our Board of Directors is looking for potential candidates who are passionate about CultureLink’s mission and who are committed to welcome and empower newcomers in Toronto.

We are particularly interested in finding members who possess broad expertise to oversee and direct the organization. In addition to experience with the settlement sector, we need individuals with skills and expertise in governance and leadership in the following areas:

· - Fundraising

· - Communications, Media and Public Relations

· - Finance & Accounting

·Human Resources & Labour Law

·Community development

We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who reflect the diversity of Toronto.

This is a volunteer commitment; Board meetings are held on Mondays, every six weeks from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (maximum eight times a year). Members are expected to join one of the standing Board Committees, which require additional time of two hours every six weeks.

CultureLink Settlement Services announces the honorees of “Honoring Partnerships in Bridging Cultures”

September 19, 2013

NEWS RELEASE: CultureLink Settlement Services announces the honorees of “Honoring Partnerships in Bridging Cultures”.

Toronto, September 18, 2013:  CultureLink’s Nominations Committee has announced the honorees in four categories to be recognized at its 25th Anniversary Gala “Honoring Partnerships in Bridging Cultures”, on October 18th 2013. The Gala is proudly presented by BMO Financial Group.

The honorees in the four categories are:

  1. Partnership in Innovation (Award sponsored by Scotia iTRADE) - Cycle Toronto
  2. Social Responsibility – TD Bank Group
  3. Sister Organization (Award sponsored by OLG) – Toronto Public Library
  4. Volunteers (Award sponsored by UNIFOR)
  • Aubrey Ramprasad
  • Carrie Adelstein
  • Magnolia Jimenez
  • Mary Pigott
  • Wendy Horning

In August 2013 CultureLink established a “Honoring Partnerships in Bridging Cultures” Nominating Committee composed of Board of Directors, a community volunteer, front line staff, and a manager. This was to ensure partners and volunteers were nominated and recognized impartially for their past and ongoing contributions to CultureLink’s programs and services.

“For the past 25 years, CultureLink has been building various effective partnerships with organizations and individuals to better serve our clients” said Ibrahim Absiye, CultureLink’s Executive Director. “Partnerships have become an integral part of every CultureLink program. We could not have achieved today’s success without our partners.”

The awards will be presented on October the 18th at CultureLink’s 25th Anniversary Gala “Honoring Partnerships in Bridging Cultures” to be held at the Old Mill Inn, Toronto.

For more information please contact:

Glen Walsh

Communications Committee, CultureLink Settlement Services,  416.588.6288 ext. 212,

Call for Nomination – Partnerships in Bridging Cultures

August 07, 2013

Partnerships in Bridging Cultures – Call for Nominations


Dear CultureLink staff, volunteers, participants and community members,

CultureLink Settlement Services is celebrating its 25 year anniversary in October 2013. The strength of our settlement programs and services has for the past 25 years been enhanced by the contributions of so many individuals and organizations – be it exceptional volunteers, unique partnerships between non-profits or government and corporate sectors – our growth could not have happened without the incredible support of our partners and volunteers.

To ensure our partners and volunteers are recognized for their past and ongoing contributions CultureLink has established a 25th Anniversary Gala Nominating committee.

In order to do this, we are seeking your nominations to recognize partners and volunteers in the following four categories:

  • Partnership in Innovation
  • Social Responsibility (Corporate Partners)
  • Sister Agencies
  • Volunteers

CultureLink’s Nominating Committee is grateful for your feedback to help us recognize our partners and volunteers. We are looking forward to receive your nominations on or before August 26th 2013.

Click here for The guidelines and criteria for nominations and the Nominating Form.

If you have any questions regarding the nomination and recognition process please contact our nominating committee via email:


The 25th Anniversary Gala Nominating Committee

Know more about the celebration at

June 19, 2013 CultureLink receives an award from Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital Toronto

June 22, 2013

CultureLink Settlement Services honoured with Vital Youth award at Vital
Toronto 2013

On June 19, 2013, CultureLink Settlement Services was honoured for its
receipt of a Vital Youth grant awarded by the Toronto Community
Foundation. Vital Youth enhances youth leadership through grants to
organizations offering high-quality recreation programs.  The awards
were distributed at the Toronto Community Foundation’s annual Vital
Toronto event, recognizing the achievements of a remarkable group of
people and organizations who are working to make Toronto an even better
city. Vital Toronto was hosted by Matt Galloway at CBC’s Glenn Gould

Toronto Community Foundation Board Chair, John B. MacIntyre (L), with
President & CEO, Rahul K. Bhardwaj, presented a commemorative award to
CultureLink Settlement Services.

Photo credit: Used with permission from Allan Kosmajac/44media.