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"Growing Together: Inclusive Mentorship"
Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership Partners with the City of Coquitlam to Launch Mentorship Project

COQUITLAM, B.C., December 6, 2023 – Building on the momentum of the recent Growing Together Employment Forum, Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership and the City of Coquitlam are excited to introduce a joint mentorship pilot project. This initiative is designed to foster professional growth among City staff and professionals from equity-deserving backgrounds through an inclusive mentorship experience. A first of its kind for Coquitlam, this initiative strategically pairs City staff as mentors with local professionals who will benefit from guidance in career development, gaining insights into the local government sector, and expanding their professional networks.

Project Goals: Fostering Professional Growth 

This mentorship pilot presents mutual benefits, and aims to bolster the professional development of both City of Coquitlam staff and mentees from equity-deserving backgrounds.

Mentees in this program will gain invaluable insights into the local government sector, uncover potential career pathways, and foster connections with local employers and organizations. Concurrently, City mentors will be equipped with training focused on inclusive support for newcomers and other equity-deserving individuals, enhancing their understanding of the challenges faced by these groups.

Selection Process Updates for Mentorship Program

TCLIP received applications from 90 interested individuals from equity-deserving backgrounds and it’s currently the decision-making process. 

This program offers a unique opportunity for professional growth and networking within the local government sector. City of Coquitlam mentors, who will receive specialized training, will benefit from a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by equity-deserving groups. This initiative aims to not only advance Coquitlam’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, but also enrich the professional lives of all participants.

Eligible applicants, who must be from equity-deserving backgrounds, will be invited to commit two hours per month for a duration of four months to this enriching program. 

Stayed tuned for the next phases of this amazing project!

Coquitlam’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

This mentorship initiative underscores the City of Coquitlam’s commitment to fostering a community where equity, diversity, and inclusion are paramount. EDI principles are integral to the City’s operations, influencing policies and decision-making across all sectors. Coquitlam’s journey towards greater inclusivity ensures that every individual, regardless of their diverse backgrounds, can thrive in a safe and supportive environment. More information on the City’s EDI efforts can be found at

To check Coquitlam’s City’s announcement please click here.

Media Contacts:

Manisha Dutta (she/her)
Manager, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Thábata da Costa (she/her/ela)
Program Manager, Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership