2013: Celebrating 31 years of celebrating new Canadians
Skills for Change is known for pioneering programs that respond to shifting immigration and workplace trends and lead to employment. The first program, in 1983, was an office training program that successfully led all its first graduates, a group of women from Southeast Asia, into full-time employment.
Now a range of accelerated programs are offered to fit the needs of the people arriving from all parts of the world. Services offered include information and referral, French and English language assessment, English language instruction, integrated language/skills training, employment preparation, business skills, mentoring and settlement services.
Skills for Change has received the following recognition: Citizenship and Immigration Canada Citation of Citizenship Award; Conference Board of Canada Community Learning Award; and Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Newcomer Champion Award.
Surranna Sandy brings 15 years of executive leadership experience in the private and non-profit sector.
In her leadership role as the Executive Director of Skills for Change, a not-for- profit agency known for pioneering newcomer programs that respond to shifting immigration and workplace trends and lead to employment, Surranna brings passion and dedication to ensuring that immigrants and Canadians are provided with the tools and resources to successfully enter the labour market in their chosen professions.
With Skills for Change moving into its 31st year of service to newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area, Surranna is ensuring that the agency continues to respect its vision of seeing every immigrant succeed in Canada.
Surranna has an MBA in Human Resources Management (HRM) and an Hons BA in Business. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership.