CARE Centre Opens New Office in Peel Region

Internationally Educated Nurses and Community Better Served
with Local Staff and Resources

For Immediate Release
Toronto, July 19, 2011

In its continued expansion to better serve Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) throughout Southwestern Ontario and to create a local presence in New Canadian communities, CARE Centre for IENs is pleased to announce the opening of its Peel Region office at Community Door located at 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601, Suite 100 (within the Centre for Education & Training space), Brampton. A celebration will take place from 12:30 – 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 26th in the new premises. The office launch is part of a range of activities in CARE Centre’s tenth anniversary year. Over that decade CARE Centre has supported over 1,000 nurses from more than 140 countries to become registered in Ontario.

“CARE Centre has been operating in Peel Region through four pilot locations since the fall of 2010, but it became apparent that our client base was growing significantly throughout Brampton and Mississauga,” said Executive Director Zubeida Ramji. “It’s one of our priorities to offer local services where we can help CARE Centre members participate in nursing courses and find employment in their communities. With Ontario certification and specialized education for our multi-cultural health care settings, our graduate IENs are very well prepared for front line practice and patient advocacy.”

Media and the public are invited to attend the Peel Region office opening which will feature a morning information session for IENs who are interested in joining CARE Centre (online registration required). Service providers who want to know more about the supports that CARE Centre provides are welcome to meet and network at the event.

IENs who join the CARE Centre program have received an assessment from the College of Nurses of Ontario and a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment, and either have received or applied for permanent residency status in Canada. They receive their training through college and university educational partners, as well as health care institutions. CARE Centre nurses come from a wide range of countries, including the Philippines, India, China, Iran, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, as well as many nations in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Government of Ontario. Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada. CARE Centre recognizes the unique skills and experience of internationally educated nurses and assists them in updating their credentials to meet Ontario standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses, obtain employment, advance in their careers, and contribute to health care excellence in Ontario. CARE Centre achieves these goals through case management support, nursing-specific language education, exam preparation, mentoring and networking. CARE Centre is a registered charity (charitable number 84420 5948 RR0001).

For all media inquiries please contact:

Tina Novotny
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
45 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9
416-226-2800 ext 240

Funded by:

Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada