These Boots Were Made for Working

March 17, 2017

At Walters, we are committed to the betterment of our community at large. Recently, we had the opportunity to donate safety boots to over 15 Syrian clients at the Immigrants Working Centre (IWC), here in Hamilton, Ontario. They are an equality seeking, anti-racist, charitable organization dedicated to the social, political and economic inclusion of refugees and immigrants in Hamilton.

We are grateful that we could play a small role in helping these clients start their first jobs in Canada in the manufacturing, construction, and heavy equipment operating industries. Donations such as ours allows IWC to enhance and deliver their WorkLINC Program, which is also funded in part by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

The WorkLINC Program includes industry-specific language training, certifications and workplace orientation aimed at bridging skilled Syrian newcomers and other newcomers to Canada with their first job in Canada. This first job will be a key step in making a meaningful contribution to Canada’s labour market by way of applying their skills, building financial independence for families and reducing poverty.

“The impact of this donation will be immense, touching the lives of many Syrian newcomers who have arrived in Hamilton over the year, and our community as a whole.” shared Ines Rios, Executive Director, Immigrants Working Centre. “Thanks to Walters Group’s donation, the work to welcome and help refugees here is possible.”

The availability of safety boots increases access to important opportunities such as workplace tours and job shadowing for WorkLINC participants. It will also reduce the cost of accessing work for individuals already facing the many economic challenges associated with settlement in a new country after being displaced.

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