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ERIC Number: EJ899619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Getting Practical Experience in a New Country
Foster, Allan; Dantanarayana, Pitson
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v19 n2 p5-6 Win 2007
It is very difficult for new Canadians to find work that draws on and recognizes their experience and qualifications. About three years ago the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) established a policy to try to help new Canadians achieve hands-on experience in their field of expertise through a special volunteer program. Since then, 59 new Canadians have achieved work-related experience and have moved on to permanent jobs both within TRCA and with other employers. This article presents an example of one of the "graduates" of the volunteer experience program. Pitson Dantanarayana was born in India about 50 years ago. He has a master's degree in botany (genetics) as well as two bachelor degrees--one in botany and the other in chemistry. In addition to consulting on and managing various landscape projects and programs, he was a professor for over 20 years at three different universities. He has worked in Sweden, the United Kingdom and Kenya. When he moved to Canada, he could not find a job in horticulture.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Toronto)