Recognition Counts

Recognition Counts
Presentation of Jubiee Fund cheque to Recognition Counts

The taxi driver with the engineering degree, the caretaker with the dentistry degree, these are the stereotypes of the immigrant community, where people who have training from their countries of origin struggle to find work in their chosen occupations in Manitoba.

Manitoba may soon have more nurses, engineers and physicians thanks to Recognition Counts, a loan program for skilled immigrants. Administered by SEED Winnipeg, the program celebrated its first anniversary in November 2013 by announcing that it will expand to serve the rest of Manitoba thanks in part to the Jubilee Fund, which has committed to provide Recognition Counts with an additional $100,000 loan guarantee.

Recognition Counts offers loans of up to $10,000 to skilled immigrants who are seeking recognition in Manitoba for the education and experience they obtained abroad. The program has delivered loans totalling more than $640,000 to 75 people in its first year. Four of those loans have already been repaid  and 14 recipients have completed their certification processes and are working in their chosen occupations or a related field.

“Our donors support our organization because they know that we invest in people to help them make better lives for themselves and their families,” said Neil J. Childs, President of the Jubilee Fund. “We’re all stronger when they succeed. Our mandate is to run an ethical investment fund that is focused on poverty reduction and building healthier communities. Recognition Counts is a wonderful example of a program that reaches in to give individuals the boost they need to radically change their lives.” The Jubilee Fund loan guarantee will initially provide up to ten individuals with access to loans to secure their educational future and once repaid will be used  to support another 10 individuals.

 

Recognition Counts
Happy Client - Ethel

Recognition Counts Client Profile

Ethel, who has now completed her studies, moved to Winnipeg in 2006 from the Philippines with her husband as part of the Provincial Nominee Program, to seek a better life for her and her family. She was trained as an Electronics and Communications engineer in the Philippines where she had worked as a quality assurance senior engineer at an electronics manufacturing company. She wasn’t able to practice engineering in Canada without first becoming a registered member with Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (APEGM). With several options available, she decided to go through the IEEQ program at the University of Manitoba, where completion, would make her eligible to register as an engineer-in-training with APEGM. She quit her job as a technical service representative at a printing company and hit the books full time in 2011.

By the fall of 2012, Ethel and her family were under increasing financial stress. They had three children and weren’t sure how they were going to pay for her final year of tuition and books, not to mention their daily living expenses.

“The program is definitely very helpful especially for immigrants who are wanting to pursue their previous profession, but are having second thoughts about going into it because of financial issues,” said Ethel. “It’s very hard for a family to live on a single income and go back to school.”

Today, she is working at the Royal Canadian Mint under the Quality Systems Department, significantly earning more than what she did before going back to school.

“Our future looks better now and I’ve also inspired my husband to pursue his engineering as well,” she said. “my kids are also inspired to finish their studies too. They’ve seen the sacrifices that we’ve made and now they want to go to university too”