St. Michael’s Newcomer Volunteer Program
St. Michael’s Hospital is a trailblazer when it comes to integrating skilled immigrants. The hospital was the first to host immigrant interns through Career Edge Organization’s Career Bridge program and to develop mentoring for newcomers through St.Michael’s Making Connections: Newcomer Volunteer Program. Now they’re the first hospital to fuse mentoring with volunteering in partnership with TRIEC’s Mentoring Partnership program.
The hospital has a tradition of hosting volunteers and many are internationally trained healthcare professionals, but immigrants want Canadian experience in their field and typically volunteer opportunities may not be as closely related. One-on-one mentorship is helpful in gaining industry insight, but it cannot deliver hands-on experience in a hospital environment.