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November 24, 2022

You’ve likely heard people talk about the importance of having a mentor. Mentors and mentees can build strong, mutually beneficial relationships that enable mentees to grow and mentors to strengthen their leadership skills. For newcomers, mentors are especially crucial in helping to navigate the settlement process, from reconnecting with your career to understanding the Canadian workplace culture. Mentors dedicate their time to act as a coach and teacher. Let’s look at eight benefits of having a mentor as a newcomer to Canada.  

Give You Advice 

Wouldn’t it be great to have an experienced professional to turn to when you have a question about furthering your career? This is one of the major benefits of having a mentor. Your mentor can help guide you down the right path as you embark on your career as a Canadian newcomer. The feedback they provide can be invaluable and help strengthen your abilities. Since they have had lots of experience, they can provide you with quality advice about how to best navigate a situation.  

Grow Your Network 

Having a network is important. It may take some time for newcomers to grow a network in Canada. However, having a mentor can give you a jump start on this. Mentors can introduce you to people who can help you by teaching you different things, providing feedback or sharing information with you that could lead to a job.  

Provide Accountability  

One of the biggest benefits of having a mentor is having an additional source of accountability for your goals. Mentors can help you track your progress and provide feedback for getting back on track if you find yourself taking longer than expected to achieve a goal. Additionally, mentors can use their experience to let you know if your goals are attainable or if you should consider other options.  

Give You Encouragement 

One of the greatest ways a mentor can help you is through encouragement. Making your way forward in a new place can be challenging at times. Mentors provide encouragement to let you know that you can succeed. Having a trusted mentor can help you build your confidence and provide you with methods for overcoming different challenges and obstacles you may encounter.  

Get to Know Local Business Culture  

One of the exciting yet challenging aspects of being a newcomer is learning about your new home. This may include things like new cultural expectations and new ways of doing things. Mentors are great for helping you learn about the business culture of different industries. Often, industries may have unspoken rules and expectations. Mentors can help you navigate these to better find your professional niche.  

Introduce You to Resources  

Another aspect of moving to a new area involves learning where to go when you need certain things and what organizations exist to help you meet your goals. As a newcomer in Canada, many things can help you on your professional path. You just need to know where to look. A mentor can help connect you with these valuable resources, which can greatly impact your ability to succeed and develop in your new home.  

Support Your Overall Growth 

Mentors tend to be very invested in the success of their mentees. Developing a relationship with a mentor means that you will have a strong ally and advocate. As such, mentors will often provide important feedback on how you can grow and improve. Since they come to know you personally, they are likely to be able to notice things that other people won’t. This can be very valuable when seeking personal growth.  

Important Source of Wisdom 

Mentors are much more experienced in a career area. If you are facing a difficult situation or a challenging problem, your mentor has likely had to navigate something like that at one point in their career. As such, they are likely to be able to provide advice or give you a new frame through which to approach the issue. In fact, one of the greatest things about being a mentor is helping others navigate their career paths. Mentors typically get great enjoyment out of helping someone succeed.  

Final Thoughts  

Having a mentor is generally a positive experience that can provide growth and many opportunities. Mentors are also great for helping connect you with valuable resources and assisting you with growing your network. Having a mentor as a newcomer can be even more beneficial as newcomers have a very specific experience. Getting a mentor could be one of the most positive professional decisions you can make.   

At Achēv, our Newcomer Services offer a wide range of services to help newcomers settle smoothly in Canada. Our Newcomer Information Centres are located across the Greater Toronto Area, including Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville. Contact us today to register for our free newcomer services. 

immigrant and racialized women at computer
November 24, 2022

In collaboration with SEASONOVA, we recently brought together 119 immigrant and racialized women and youth to hear their stories about entering the Canadian workforce. In this blog, we will explore these women’s stories about looking for a job while facing negative experiences, from the application process to the interview stage.

Even though the Canadian government takes in skilled immigrants to address labour shortages, most participants whom we consulted in a recent focus group discussion have expressed that not having “Canadian work experience” is a major barrier to being selected for interviews. For newcomer women, this is especially challenging. One participant shared:

“Being screened out because of a lack of Canadian experience is not fair. If nobody is given a chance, how do we get Canadian experience in the first place?!”

During the consultation, 91% of immigrant and racialized women shared that they’ve had negative experiences during the job application process.

Participants noted that even if they have extensive work experience, it is dismissed since it was not locally acquired. Some women expressed that this is a barrier and potentially a form of discrimination.

I had the experience of working for international organizations and working internationally but I was astonished because I kept sending my CV and applying for jobs but no answer because I had no Canadian experience…”

Only accepting the “Canadian experience” not only affects immigrant and racialized women but employers as well. Finding an alternative to this requirement, such as years of experience, education levels or recognizing international work experience, can address this and benefit employers by accessing a large pool of untapped talent.

Another emerging theme from the focus group discussion was the impact of misleading information and the lack of feedback from interviewers or hiring managers.

Participants shared various negative experiences during and after the interview process. Women recalled being told they were not hired due to being overqualified or that the position was already filled and interviews were arranged to follow protocol. Overwhelmingly, participants said they did not receive any further communications after being interviewed or any feedback despite attempts to reach the interviewer.

As the job search process involves being engaged in multiple hiring processes that take a significant amount of time, some participants felt disrespected after not hearing back after an interview or receiving no feedback. This is further worsened by microaggressions experienced by immigrant and racialized women during the hiring process.

Many of the participants expressed receiving culturally insensitive and inappropriate comments and questions about their accent, name, and skin colour, as exemplified by one participant:

I am always told I am very articulate and that my name is so exotic. This is subtle racism.

To address these barriers, immigrant and racialized women recommend employers expedite the recruitment process and provide updates so that applicants know the status of their applications. Research participants also stated that it is highly appreciated if employers provide feedback on interviews by outlining applicants’ strengths and areas of improvement regardless of the hiring outcome.

Furthermore, making sure interviewers have access to training opportunities to increase cultural competencies and EDI awareness can positively influence the experiences of immigrant and racialized women during the interview process.

Read more on our What We Heard report here to find out the main barriers encountered and how they can be addressed by employers and policy makers.

Let’s work together to welcome immigrant and racialized women into the Canadian workforce. Join us for our knowledge Exchange sessions in January and February 2023.

Join us in January 2023 to learn more about the stories and experiences of immigrant and racialized women joining the Canadian labour market and their recommendations to employers. We want to hear about your experiences as an employer in recruiting, hiring and retaining immigrant and racialized women in your workforce.

Register for our Knowledge Exchange sessions:

Advancing Equity for Women and Girls, funded by Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), supports a feminist response and recovery from the impact COVID-19 has had on the employment of immigrant and racialized women in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) by contributing to systemic change to promote women’s economic prosperity and equality.

For any questions regarding the project, contact us:

Hodan Mohamed, Coordinator:

Mayela Lozano, Community Liaison:

Read more about our program here: Advancing Equity for Women and Girls – Employment Services – Achēv (

Mississauga news story
November 18, 2022

We’re excited to share that Achēv has been featured in the Mississauga News! The article covers the launch of our women’s services pillar and discusses how we are helping immigrant and racialized women develop skills and find better and more meaningful jobs.  

Achēv’s women’s pillar empowers our team to be more intentional about how we are helping women identify and access the employment, language, newcomer, youth and other services they need. To read the full article in the Mississauga News, click here. Learn more about our Women’s Services here.

November 9, 2022

Achēv, one of the largest providers of employment, newcomer, language, and youth services in the Greater Toronto Area, launches a new service offering dedicated to women who face unique barriers in securing employment, settling in a new community, and building the networks they need to thrive. Achēv is committed to increasing its support to this integral segment of our society. 

“We support women across the continuum of their lives, from first jobs and settlement to skills development and charting career paths,” said Achēv CEO Tonie Chaltas. “Achēv’s dedicated Women’s Pillar will allow us to provide more targeted support to the more than 50,000 women and girls who access our employment, language, and newcomer services each year.” 

Canadian businesses must diversify their workforce to remain competitive and meet 21st-century labour demands. But women, particularly newcomer and racialized women, face barriers to full-time, meaningful employment. It takes immigrant and racialized women longer to integrate into the labour market than men. They also earn less median income in a year compared to Canadian-born and non-racialized women. 

“We are increasing our work with employers to build pathways to employment and help set women up for success in the workplace,” explained Ms. Chaltas. “Broadening and extending women’s workforce participation, particularly for newcomer and racialized women, is critical to addressing our current and future labour shortages.” 

“I know firsthand some of the challenges that women in the workplace face, especially if they are a newcomer or a woman of colour,” said Jessica Luh Kim, a consultant at Seasons Retirement Communities. “Seasons Retirement Communities is proud of the work we do with Achēv to empower women in the workplace.” 

Achēv is actively seeking opportunities to expand our women’s program offering and to collaborate with employers and partner organizations. Learn more about Achēv’s women’s services at  

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November 3, 2022

We are pleased to announce that Achēv has been named the Diamond Winner of the 2022 Mississauga News Readers’ Choice Awards in the Best Non-Profit/Foundations and Best Employment Agency categories! The Diamond Award is the highest-ranked category, followed by Platinum and Gold.  

Every year, the Mississauga News holds the Readers’ Choice Awards to recognize local organizations for their achievements. Thousands of people from the community are encouraged to nominate and vote for their favourite businesses and/or professionals in Mississauga. The Mississauga News Readers’ Choice Awards is one of the most respected and reputable consumer awards in Mississauga. Achēv’s win in two categories is indicative of our dedication to our clients, commitment to making a positive difference in the diverse communities we serve, and an acknowledgment of our achievements throughout the year. 

Our win this year would not have been possible without the unwavering support of our staff, partners and clients!  

Thanksgiving thank you
October 7, 2022

Thankfulness is expressing gratitude towards someone or something that gives us happiness. For some of us, it’s being grateful for living in a country like Canada that welcomes newcomers from all over the world. We are able to meet people from diverse backgrounds, learn about different cultures and become part of a community where everyone belongs.

At Achēv, we are thankful for being able to help newcomers to Canada settle and thrive in their communities. On this Thanksgiving, we are glad to share this heartwarming note from our client Venetia:

“I am so thankful to the Achēv team for helping me discover my potential! Being a newcomer to Canada who landed only a few months ago, I was finding it difficult to secure employment. I was disheartened and did not know where to start. But by God’s grace and blessings, I saw the advertisement about Achēv’s Workforce Pathways for Women in Senior Care program on Google, learnt more about the program benefits on their website and registered myself for it.

I am grateful that I found this opportunity and successfully completed the course that was being offered. I had a wonderful experience. Everyone on the team was helpful, kind, caring, and respectful toward each other. I consider myself fortunate to have found this great opportunity for helping women obtain meaningful employment in the senior care sector in Canada. I wish that Achēv continues to help women and new immigrants achieve their goals by offering free employment programs that can provide high-demand job placement.

Achēv gave me a ray of hope that brought a smile back onto my face. I appreciate Achēv for the effort, invaluable time, energy, and dedicated service they are offering to support newcomers to Canada. Their staff is knowledgeable, takes time to understand your situation and needs, and patiently answers all queries. Ms. Roula was a great Mentor to us.

Thank you for the personal call to confirm if I had received the study material and the link to join the classes!”

Thank you, Venetia, for taking the time to share your positive experience at Achēv. We are incredibly grateful that we are able to provide meaningful programs and services to support career development, language education and settlement success within our diverse communities.

September 28, 2022

September 30 of each year officially marks Truth & Reconciliation Day in Canada. However, newcomers to Canada are likely unfamiliar with this particular day of remembrance. Let’s take a brief look at the basics of Truth & Reconciliation Day and share some resources to help you become more familiar with this important day.  

What is Truth & Reconciliation Day? 

Truth & Reconciliation Day was created by the Canadian Parliament to provide a day to remember survivors of residential schools and those children who died. It is also a way to acknowledge the negative impact of residential schools on families and communities.  

For newcomers unfamiliar with residential schools, they refer to a system of schools that churches and the Canadian government set up to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian and Christian ways of thinking and acting. These were boarding schools where children were sent away to live. Children were severely punished and often abused. Several thousand children died from abuse, neglect, disease, or accidents.   

Residential schools cost the lives of children while also working to actively erase the cultures of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. You may also hear Truth & Reconciliation Day referred to as Orange Shirt Day, as Canadians are encouraged to wear orange. This is intended to represent the stripping away of culture, freedom, and self-esteem experienced by Indigenous children. 

Newcomers to Canada are invited to participate in this National Day of Remembrance and encouraged to learn more about Indigenous history and the importance of this day. Here are four essential resources that can help you learn more about Truth & Reconciliation Day.   

Government of Canada 

The government of Canada’s website provides basic information about Truth & Reconciliation Day. Here, people will find an overview of what the day means and what led to its creation. You will also find several helpful links that can help you better prepare to participate in Truth & Reconciliation Day.   

The site contains information such as television broadcasts of remembrances, the illumination of Parliament Hill, events associated with Orange Shirt Day, and virtual sessions aimed at school children to recognize Truth & Reconciliation Week. The site also has its own resources for those wanting to learn more about Indigenous peoples, their cultures, and their languages.   

Indigenous Foundations 

Indigenous Foundations serve as a resource covering the histories, politics, and cultures of the Indigenous peoples in Canada. While initially created to support students at the University of British Columbia, it also provides more information about Indigenous people to the general public.   

This website contains a wealth of information aimed at the history of Indigenous people, including in-depth information about the residential schools. This serves as a good resource for those wanting to learn more about the residential schools, their history, their effects on Indigenous peoples, and their continued negative effects within communities today.   

It is relatively easy to navigate the site as well as easy to read. Another benefit of this website is that it serves as a vast resource for those hoping to learn more about the overall culture of Indigenous communities throughout Canada. 

Assembly of First Nations 

The Assembly of First Nations is a national organization that aims to advocate for the collective needs of all First Nations communities throughout Canada. This organization represents the approximately 900,000 First Nations in the country. Among the issues that its advocacy takes on are treaties, Indigenous rights, and stewardship of lands and resources  

This website is a good resource for those wanting to understand what issues are important to the First Nations community in Canada. While each First Nation is distinct in terms of culture and sovereignty, this organization aims to address larger-scale issues and is an interesting resource for those wanting to learn more about the current state of Indigenous persons within Canada.   

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 

The United Nations is a global organization that aims to help advance the needs of all people around the globe. Among its many works are efforts to support and protect Indigenous persons. The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a document that seeks to codify the rights that all Indigenous persons should have throughout the world.   

The document was initially adopted by the UN in 2007 by a vote of 143-4, with 11 countries not voting. While one of the four nations initially voting against it was Canada, Canada later reversed their position to support this declaration. This declaration seeks to establish the minimum rights and fundamental freedoms applied to Indigenous peoples. It is worth a read to better understand the minimum commitment expected of Canada towards Indigenous persons. 

Final Thoughts 

On this Truth & Reconciliation Day, we invite you to take some time to review these resources to learn a little more about the day and what it means for all of us in Canada. 

September 28, 2022

We are excited to announce Achev’s new Board of Directors and Non-Director Committee and extend a warm welcome to all new members joining this year. Their expertise, advice, and diverse perspectives will help in shaping Achēv’s Vision 2025 strategic plan and put a renewed focus on our clients and future growth opportunities.

Please meet our new Board and Non-Director Committee members:

Board of Directors

Marlon Blake, MBA, CPA, FCCA
Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee

Marlon Blake

Marlon has over 15 years of experience working in senior level leadership roles in financial services, not-for-profit and consulting industries. He is currently the CEO of Optimal Growth Financial, responsible for crafting the strategic direction and long-term vision of its start-up investment fund.  Before that, Marlon was the Director, Finance at ICES, where he provided financial and operational leadership, accounting expertise and guidance to the organization. He was also the Director of Finance at ACT, where he provided strategic leadership and vision for the financial functions of the organization. In addition, he worked in senior roles at Optimal Growth Consulting, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan, and the Government of Bermuda.

Marlon has strong leadership experience in financial reporting, strategic planning, analytics, risk management, process automation, governance, project management, mentoring and coaching people.

Marlon holds a Master of Business Administration from Oxford Brookes University, CPA, CGA designation from CPA Ontario, and he is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant.

Ruth Woods
Vice-Chair of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee

Ruth Woods has more than 35 years executive experience in professional services management, investment banking and consulting. She has held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, where she was responsible for Finance, IT, HR, Facilities and Administration. Prior to Osler she was a founding partner of Hugessen Consulting Inc, Senior Vice President; Global Head of Human Resources at Scotia Capital; and a Founding Director of Women in Capital Markets.

Ruth is currently on the board of Scarborough Health Network and has served on the Bishop Strachan School and Royal St. George’s College Boards of Governors as Vice-Chair and Chair respectively, and on the board of Kinross Gold Corp.

Ruth graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters of Business Administration, and from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics.

Non-Director Committee Members

Akshat Jhaveri
Non-Director Member of the Strategic & Risk Management Committee 

Akshat Jhaveri (AJ) has over 18 years of experience in serving Fortune 500 clients as a trusted advisor for their critical Business and Technology initiatives. AJ is currently a Director at Accenture where he focuses on partnering with Crown corporations in helping them realize their vision to modernize the way they do their business and serve their communities better. He does so by advising them on critical components that drive success for such a vision like Target operating models, Data and Analytics strategy, Change Management and Technology Transformation. He also partners with them in execution of that strategy enabled through robust governance and controls.

Before Accenture, AJ was with Cognizant where he served as the lead Partner for one of the largest Global Financial services serving them in their technology and operations transformation journey across various Insurance, Group Benefits and Wealth/Asset management. Prior to that, he has spent years as a management consultant in advising some of the Top Financial services companies to improve their business results as well as customer and community relations.

Through the years, AJ has been involved in several fundraising initiatives that support causes related to ending Hunger, Blood Donation, Breast Cancer research and participating in initiatives aimed at supporting youth in receiving support needed to be successful.

Megan has her undergraduate degree in Industrial Relations from McGill University and her Masters in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management from Queens University and holds an advanced certificate in trust management.

AJ holds a MSc in Software Engineering from a Top Engineering university in India.

Darrell Pinto, MBA
Non-Director Member of the Governance & Nominating Committee

Darrell Pinto is a senior executive who has honed his strategic consulting and people-focused leadership in Toronto, New York, London and Shanghai at companies spanning private and public financial markets, pharmaceuticals, media and non-profits. He thrives in situations where he can combine solving big problems through design thinking. Through his commitment to volunteerism and community building he believes that we are all stronger if we can find ways to help each other be our best. He co-chairs along with Senator Ratna Omidvar the national Refugee Jobs Agenda Roundtable, a working coalition of 100 Canadian organizations collaborating to find meaningful jobs for refugees. He is also host of a national talk show on New Canadians TV.

In his spare time, his adventurous streak has driven him to hike to Mount Everest base camp, cage dive with Great White sharks, plant 50,000 trees, teach improv, and work on an alpaca farm.

Darrell earned an undergraduate degree in Philosophy/History from the Western University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Leo Gomes, LL.M, MBA, CFE
Non-Director Member of the Finance & Audit Committee

Leo Gomes is a trusted advisor who has been involved in the business advisory, internal audit, and risk management areas for close to 20 years. With solid international and multi-cultural work experience, Leo held leadership roles at different organizations and industries, such as lead National Oil & Gas in Qatar, and Fortune 500 Energy & Utility company in North America and Caribbean, most recently Capital Infrastructure and Transit Development Government company in Canada. Leo serves as Board Vice-Chair for Re-Imagine Ontario in the non-profit sector.

Leo holds Master of Laws from York University – Osgoode Hall Law School, and Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Bellevue University. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais – Brazil. He is a Member of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

We also want to congratulate and welcome Epsit Jajal as the new Chair of the Board.

Epsit Jajal brings 25+ years of senior leadership experience from a range of diverse industries including banking, consulting services, insurance, mining, construction, telecom, high tech, retail, software, energy, and various levels of the public sector.  Mr. Jajal specializes in implementing organizational transformation initiatives designed to dramatically improve organizational profitability and enterprise value by leveraging innovative and strategically important digital solutions.  His areas of expertise include leading global teams responsible for digital strategy, technology services, finance, professional services, and business operations.

Combined with his globally recognized academic credentials in business (MBA from Western University’s Ivey School of Business), finance (CPA, CMA) and outsourcing certification (University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business), Mr. Jajal provides insightful perspectives to Achēv that help the management team continuously enhance its operational effectiveness and positive impacts on clients.

Under this evolving leadership, we will continue to position Achēv as a sustainable, inclusive and client-focused organization that successfully delivers youth, employment, newcomer and language services across the GTA.

Achēv’s CEO Tonie Chaltas and senior leadership team look forward to working together with all Board of Directors and the Non-Director Committee members over the next term.

As we welcome our new members, we’d also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our outgoing members: Lawrence Eta and Aneesa Mohammed. Thank you for your dedication and contributions in our work.

Thank you to all who serve on the board. We can’t wait to see how our highly experienced board members will further our vision of helping people discover their potential and achieve their purpose.

To view all of Achēv’s Board Member profiles, visit our Meet The Board page.

diverse college students
September 7, 2022

Moving to Canada involves many changes and transitions. For a lot of newcomers, one of these transitions is taking on post-secondary study. If you plan to enroll in college in Canada, we want to help you prepare for success. With this in mind, here are eight important tips for adult newcomers attending college in Canada.  

Find a Course Schedule that Works for You 

One of the biggest ways to set yourself up for success is to ensure that your class schedule works for your and your family’s needs. This includes making time for class around other responsibilities like work and family. Chat with your advisor about the various options available to make this possible. Fortunately, there are usually evening, weekend and online classes that can provide greater flexibility for you.  

Plan Your Week in Advance 

Perhaps the most important aspect of succeeding in college for adult learners is having strong time management skills. Plan your week in advance. A great method to do this is to block out the most important things first, which allows you to set up enough time for studying and coursework. It also lets you alter your schedule weekly, providing more study time before exams or less when you have other responsibilities.  

Build Relationships with Your Professors 

It’s fairly easy for people to forget that professors are people too. The reality is that most professors enjoy getting to know students and assisting them. Many instructors will happily share study tips or inform you about additional resources to help with your learning. Take advantage of office hours set by professors, and feel free to request feedback about how you can improve your work. Professors will generally be glad to invest their time helping students who are committed to learning.  

Get to Know Your Fellow Students 

Another important resource to ease your transition to post-secondary school in Canada is your peers. You should strive to get to know at least one person in each of your classes. This gives you someone to turn to if you have trouble understanding a concept or if you have an emergency and have to miss a class. Getting to know your classmates is also helpful for creating study groups or for courses requiring group projects. Expanding your social network helps give you a broader support system in your educational pursuits.  

Strive to Work Ahead 

Are you someone that tends to procrastinate? Many students struggle with procrastination in school. However, working ahead can make you much more productive and less stressed by not having to rush to meet deadlines. Try to set up your schedule in a way that gives you time to complete assignments at least a few days before the deadline. You will find yourself pleasantly surprised with how this helps reduce the stress of going to college. It will also provide you with leeway in case a situation pops up that delays your ability to complete an assignment.  

Go To Class 

This seems like common sense; however, it can be tempting to skip class now and then in order to get something else done. However, students who attend class regularly will feel more comfortable with the material and improve their overall learning. While there are always situations where you may not be able to attend class, such as getting sick, strive to go to class regularly to help optimize your success as a student.  

Understand the School’s Resources 

Almost every college and university has resources that help students. These include tutoring centres, career centres, and other offices dedicated to student support. Be sure to find out which resources are available at your institution. These are often covered during an orientation session. However, you can also visit the college’s website or speak with your academic advisor if you need to access these services. Tutoring, in particular, is an excellent service to help you better your understanding of concepts.  

Set Goals 

A great method to help you succeed in your studies is setting goals. Your goals should be specific and realistic. For example, a good goal may be to score 10 points higher on the next exam or to study chemistry for at least 30 minutes each day this week. Be sure that your goals are reasonable and attainable. This will help you to stay motivated.  

Final Thoughts 

When it comes to attending college in Canada as a newcomer, there are many things that you can do to help facilitate your success. Keep these tips in mind as you begin or resume your post-secondary studies.  

At Achēv, our Newcomer Services offer a wide range of services to help newcomers settle smoothly in Canada. Our Newcomer Information Centres are located across the Greater Toronto Area, including Brampton, Mississauga and Oakville. Contact us today to register for our free newcomer services. 

Achev RBC news
August 15, 2022

RBC Meeting Place Opens at Achēv’s Newcomer Information Centre

August 15, 2022, Mississauga, ON – Newcomers living in Mississauga now have more support than ever, through a new partnership between Achēv and RBC that provides helpful services and timely advice to those who are establishing new lives in Canada.

Representatives of both organizations, government officials and newcomer clients came together at Achēv’s Newcomer Information Centre at 50 Burnhamthorpe Road to celebrate the opening of RBC Meeting Place, a unique resource centre for new Canadians. This location will be staffed by expert RBC Newcomer Advisors who will help people of all cultures with their banking and financial needs as they settle into their new community. In addition to one-on-one advice and support, RBC Newcomer Advisors will host group seminars ranging from careers in finance to networking and personal brand building, with a special emphasis on youth. The addition of RBC Meeting Place rounds out Achēv’s robust newcomer services, which include employment, language assessment, youth programs and newcomer settlement and referral services. Together, Achēv and RBC are helping newcomers get to know their new community and navigate their settlement journey.

“There are so many barriers that can hinder the growth and success of new Canadians. It’s important to never forget about the journey that newcomers face,” shared Shorouq Alkayyali, Assistant Branch Manager, RBC as she recalled her own challenges when she arrived in Canada. “Achēv and RBC can play an integral part in helping newcomers understand the Canadian landscape while providing the support needed to set them up for success.”

“Achēv is pleased to collaborate with RBC. Our two organizations have come together based on shared values and a common approach to serving our clients and community. We are both committed to putting each client at the centre of what we do,” said Tonie Chaltas, CEO, Achēv. “Together, we are providing clients with an integrated and seamless settlement journey, helping them access the services and advice they need to find meaningful employment and establish new lives in Canada.”

RBC has been providing advice and solutions to newcomers for over 150 years across Canada and offers phone services in up to 200 languages. More recently, RBC’s Newcomer teams have brought their expertise, resources, products, and services to new Canadians through community partnerships and in RBC Meeting Place locations nationally.

“We’re committed to making it easier for new Canadians to get established, succeed and thrive in Canada,” said Tom Parisi, Regional Vice President, RBC. “That’s why we’re so pleased to be co-located with Achēv here in Mississauga – so we can continue to support newcomers with their financial needs and more, as they adapt to life in Canada.”

Media Contact:

Kristen Neagle, Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships, Achēv

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