For Immediate Release
Toronto, July 6, 2012
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) has published its 2011-2012 annual report in an interactive format, making available video, audio and print documents relating to highlights of the last fiscal year, including the organization’s 10th anniversary celebration. Coinciding with the release of the annual report, CARE Centre is pleased to announce the publication of a Conference Board of Canada Profile under its Organizational Excellence series.
“The release of these two publications marks both a decade of growth and success for CARE Centre as well as the start of a new era of leadership and advocacy in the education and integration of internationally educated nurses in Ontario,” said Executive Director Zubeida Ramji. “We’ve been honoured to support IENs in their journey to licensing, serving clients across our six offices in southern Ontario, because they do represent the future of our multi-cultural health care system in Canada.”
CARE Centre has supported more than 1,000 nurses from over 140 countries back into practice. The organization was one of Ontario’s first bridge training programs for internationally educated professionals and has been used as a model for programs across Canada. IENs currently comprise 25 per cent of the nursing workforce in the Greater Toronto Area and 10 per cent in the rest of the province.
“Since serving on the original steering committee over 10 years ago and staying involved with CARE Centre’s development, I want to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of CARE Centre staff and our academic, community and health care partners,” said CARE Centre Board of Directors Chair Amy Go. “Our achievements are due to all of their skills, experience and collaborative efforts on behalf of our CARE Centre member IENs.”
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is a not-for-profit professional organization founded in 2001, with funding provided by the Ontario Government. Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada. CARE Centre supports internationally educated nurses in updating their credentials and training 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 training, exam preparation, mentoring and networking, and recognizing the unique skills, education and experience of internationally educated nurses.
For all media inquiries please contact:
Tina Novotny, Marketing and
CARE Centre for IENs
45 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9
Phone: 416-836-1989, ext 240