Introducing Toronto: A New Series for Newcomers

Photo: Gerald Keledjian interviews Juan Orozoco

Starting on April 9, 2012, Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough will present Introducing Toronto, a new TV series especially for newcomers to Canada.

The program is the brainchild of Community Producer Gerard Keledjian, who was inspired to create it by his own immigration experiences. Keledjian, who came to Canada from Dubai a year ago and is active in the immigrant community, volunteered with Rogers TV to make this series.

“I wanted to help myself build my Canadian portfolio, by helping others,” he says. “I want to educate newcomers about all the tools, programs, and opportunities out there… and inspire them with achievements that previous newcomers were able to make.”

According to Eduarda Martins, Rogers TV producer, people who have been in Canada for two or three years will find Introducing Toronto as useful as the newly-arrived will. In addition to profiling agencies and organizations that help new immigrants, the show profiles many of the newcomers themselves. Their success stories will encourage viewers to persevere, find the help they need, and make a success of their immigration to Canada. Martins says that the series will raise awareness about many of the challenges new immigrants face, from finding jobs without “Canadian Experience” to dealing with the complexities of Federal and Provincial bureaucracy.

The second episode of the series includes a segment on the Engineering Your Future (EYF) Program offered by Skills for Change – an immigrant service agency dedicated to helping newcomers find employment, learn English, and advance their careers in Canada. The EYF Program is designed to help internationally-trained engineers bridge their qualifications to meet Canadian requirements and find work in their professions. The program features interviews with the organization’s Executive Director Cheryl May, and with Juan Orozco, an award-winning graduate of Skills for Change who has since mentored more than 300 new Canadians in the engineering field.

Production on Introducing Toronto began in January, and Keledjian reports that the feedback from newcomers and service agencies has been positive during the process.

“Canadian immigrants need a TV show that will speak to their needs,” says Keledjian, who blogs about the challenges and opportunities of immigrating on theimmigrant.ca. “If I can help connect just one newcomer to a service that’s needed, I’ll feel like I’ve done something.”

Introducing Toronto premieres on Rogers TV Cable 10/63 in Toronto/Scarborough April 9 at 8:30PM. The episode highlighting Skills for Change’s “Engineering Your Future” program will be broadcast on April 16. For more information please visit www.rogerstv.com.

Photo: Gerald Keledjian interviews Skills for Change Executive Director Cheryl May