April 2010 Practitioner of the month - Marichu Antonio

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Marichu Antonio is the Executive Director of the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary (ECCC), a community-based organization comprised of more than twenty associations that makeup the collective voice of Calgary’s ethnically and culturally diverse communities; the ECCC creates social, economic and political change through collaborative action.

Marichu is also one of the founders of EthniCity Catering, which off ers high-quality, authentic multi-ethnic foods, and employment and training for immigrant women in transition. Newcomers participate in key workplace skills training in a commercial kitchen, from math and record-keeping skills to the process of finding work.

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