“Hit Restart” – CultureLink presents a mentoring series for newcomer MarComm Professionals

June 08, 2014

CultureLink presents “Hit Restart”, a unique and exciting new mentoring series, to all newcomer Marketing and Communications (MarComm) professionals. “Hit Restart” is a project that aims to address employment issues particularly facing MarComm professionals who are new to Canada. The project will span five months from June to October and encompass a variety of mentoring activities, including speakers’ panel, focus groups, information interviews, entrepreneurs’ bootcamp, business start-up coaching, mentorship field trips to leading firms of the industry etc. It will involve more than 40 volunteer mentors who are established professionals in the MarComm fields to provide participants with resources and support in re-establishing career in Canada.

Part One of “Hit Restart” series will be a Panel Discussion event June 26th with five distinguished guest panelists who represent professionalism, diversity, and incredible success as internationally trained immigrant MarComm professionals. For all the events of the “Hit Restart” series, pre-registration is required. Please note that all participants of the mentoring series must sign-up by completing an online survey The survey is for us and our funders to better understand the issues so that we can modify our programming to meet your needs. Your co-operation is much appreciated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give Eman (416 588-6288 ext. 219) or Rachel (ext.222) a call or email or

Volunteer with Community Living Toronto with Mentorship Benefits

April 24, 2014

Community Living Toronto is a non-profit organization that provides a full range of personalized supports and services to over 6,000 people with an intellectual disability and their families.

Thanks to the partnership between CultureLink Mentorship program and Community Living Toronto, the volunteering position will ensure newcomers receive mentorship benefits by be paired with community living Toronto staff as their mentors. Click to see the job postings.

CL-CLT Position Posting Number One

CL CLT Position Posting Two

Interested applicants are invited to submit your résumé by email to:

Eman El Atawy Tel: 416-588-6288 ex: 219

Luminato 2014 – Match with Mentors and Volunteer Orientation April 26

April 23, 2014

Haven’t been to Luminato Festival before? You are not a Torontonian until you have experienced the most celebrated Arts and Culture Festival in the heart of Toronto. Want to be a Festival insider? Here’s a rare chance for you to grab if you are someone new to Canada!

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 Luminato’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Festival is now 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; Rakesh – 416 588 6288 ext 226; Hashem – 416 588 6288 ext 220; Elizabeth 416 588 6288 ext 223

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

Food and refreshment will be provided for your visit to CultureLink. You can choose to come to the morning session or afternoon session as per your appointment. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network and gain valuable work experience Sign up online now and book your appointment with one of the four staff members.

Read our Luminato newcomer volunteer stories (Festival 2011-2013) online

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,