Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 Welcomes Gift from TD Bank Group
Halifax, NS—July 18—The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21’s Welcome Home to Canada received a remarkable $250,000 donation from TD Bank Group. Ed Clark, Group President & CEO, TD Bank Group toured the Museum and met with program participants after the announcement was made earlier today.
“Immigration is as important to Canada’s past as it is to our future. It’s made us a culturally rich nation, diverse in thought and experiences, which has helped build and grow businesses and communities,” said Ed Clark, Group President & CEO, TD Bank Group. “We’re proud to help celebrate these stories and support Pier 21 as they provide newcomers with valuable coaching and job training that expands their opportunities and ability to contribute to Canada’s workforce.”
Immigrants arriving by ocean liner to Pier 21 were once greeted with a large harbourside sign reading “Welcome Home to Canada.” The Welcome Home to Canada program presented by TD Bank Group is an employability and integration program through which newcomers gain significant Canadian work experience and enhance their employment opportunities.
Ed Clark, Group President & CEO, TD Bank Group meets Angelique Cishahayo, Interpreter at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 and a former Welcome Home to Canada participant.
“We are ecstatic by TD ’s recent gift and for their ongoing commitment to the Museum’s Welcome Home to Canada program. It is with the strong support of our corporate community that we are able to offer a helping hand to newcomers making their start in Canada,” said Marie Chapman, CEO of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. “Welcoming newcomers to Canada has always been a significant part of Pier 21’s rich heritage. Today, together with the tremendous support of TD, not only are we sharing the stories of newcomers to our country, we are helping to shape those stories across the country.”
Since June 2004, the Welcome Home to Canada program has helped 150 newcomers from over 50 countries gain what is often their first Canadian work experience. Through a six-month work term at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, external work placement opportunities, mentorship, professional development and network-building, the program enhances participants’ employment opportunities, eases the integration process and encourages newcomers’ participation in the community.
Ed Clark, Group President & CEO, TD Bank Group (seventh from left) and Marie Chapman, CEO, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (first from right) with current and former participants of the Museum’s Welcome Home to Canada program.
Over 70 per cent of all Welcome Home to Canada participants obtain meaningful employment or further their education after successfully completing the program. Many program graduates now live and work in communities across Canada, and several have continued on to become permanent staff at the Museum.
About TD Bank Group
The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves approximately 22 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Canada Trust and TD Auto Finance Canada; Wealth and Insurance, including TD Wealth, TD Direct Investing, an investment in TD Ameritrade, and TD Insurance; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, and TD Auto Finance U.S.; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with approximately 8 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$826 billion in assets on April 30, 2013.The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
About the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Canada has been profoundly shaped by immigration. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 aims to inspire and enable Canadians to explore their relationships with those migrations. We envision opening that conversation on a national scale. As part of this conversation, we are eager to hear from anyone with a story related to Canadian immigration.
The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 collects, shares and pays tribute to the Canadian immigration story. The Museum is situated in Halifax, Nova Scotia at Pier 21, the National Historic Site that served as the gateway to Canada for one million immigrants between 1928 and 1971. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 enhances public understanding of the experiences of immigrants to Canada, highlights the vital role immigration has played in the building of our country and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life. It is Canada’s sixth national museum and the only one located in Atlantic Canada.
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Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21