Employing refugees - the upside for business and community

Employing refugees - the upside for business and community

WA
Jun 7
CEDA welcomes MercyCare Acting Multicultural Services Manager Teri O’Toole, to share her experience of assisting refugees and asylum seekers to find employment, and businesses to gain skilled and resilient staff members.

Speakers

Teri O'Toole, Acting Multicultural Services Manager, MercyCare
Valentin Ndamage, Family Support Network, MercyCare

Event overview

Teri has worked with asylum seekers and refugees for almost a decade, managing targeted services provided by Australian Red Cross and MercyCare. Teri will share with CEDA Trustees some personal insights into who these people are and the value they can bring to an organisation.

Teri will talk about the process of connecting willing employers with potential employees/trainees and mentoring both sides for a successful outcome.

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speakers

Teri O'Toole
Acting Multicultural Services Manager, MercyCare

Teri O’Toole has worked with asylum seekers and refugees for almost a decade, managing targeted services provided by Australian Red Cross and MercyCare.  During her time in the sector, she has witnessed the effects of the boat arrival crisis where the number of people arriving by boat soared, the opening of Manus and Nauru and the toughening of border protection.  Her focus has remained through all of this on the real people behind the labels “asylum seekers” and “refugees” – their journeys, wellbeing and desire for a safe and welcoming place to call home.

Valentin Ndamage
Family Support Network, MercyCare

Valentin Ndamage works in intensive case management for the Family Support Network at MercyCare. He brings a wealth of professional and personal experience in assisting individuals and families to better manage and improve their lives after all kinds of trauma. But as a former refugee the road to finding meaningful employment in WA was a long and difficult journey, despite a postgraduate degree and comprehensive work history as a Head Nurse and Health Centre Manager in his native Rwanda. Valentin will relate the inside story of overcoming the barriers facing refugees in gaining employment and a place in the WA community, and demonstrate the upside for the individual, their employer and community.

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