By Michael Bach
Toronto — Now that it’s officially October, it’s much more challenging to recall that we did just have a summer. Most of us are back to busy and are fully ramped up for the fall quarter. Drinking on a patio is quickly becoming a distant memory and, before we know it, we’ll be “drinking from the fire hose.”
At the best of times, recognition isn’t a strong suit for most people. That said, it’s imperative that we take a moment to acknowledge our successes, if only to remind ourselves that our work matters and inspire us to work harder.
In 2009, I was lucky enough to receive some very special recognition that has had a significant impact on my job, my career and my life.
The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) recognized me with an Immigrant Success (IS) Award, when I received the Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement Award as part of TRIEC’s fourth annual awards. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership and innovation in HR practice specifically in integrating skilled immigrants in the workplace.
Most people know I am passionate about my work in diversity and inclusion, and moving from the concept to the reality that we should bring our whole selves to work. Many know I have a particular passion around the experiences of newcomers to our country. Anyone who willingly moves to Canada — a place I affectionately refer to as the “icebox” — fully aware of what November through April will be like, deserves to be here and deserves our support. Skilled immigrants are the future of our country and we must ensure they are able to contribute to their fullest potential.