MNLCT Spring 2024 Newsletter

Read Executive Director Dwayne O’Connor’s column | Watch The Story of MNLCT video | Celebrating our 40th anniversary event | Upcoming starts to bridging programs | NEW dates for Ukrainian Mental Health Sessions | Join our BEAR Hikes initiative | Upcoming KOFE webinars | Staff participation at community events


Dear Friends,

It’s finally spring and we have a great year in store for us.

We just had our 40th anniversary celebration in February, and wow, it was absolutely amazing. Our dedicated staff and volunteers pulled off a once-in-a-lifetime event that would rival any such celebration setup by the City of Toronto.

A special thanks goes out to our fundraising and social committees. I also need to thank our communications team, who helped make it such a success.

Going forward this year, we have plans to do what we can to help alleviate the ongoing housing crisis. We are building our team to grapple with making our telecommunications system more advanced to help even more clients. And even more so, we are going to be expanding further north for those potential clients in need, north of the GTA.

We are moving well in the implementation of the components of our strategic plan and we have received great feedback from our staff and clients as to the extra work and dedication that we show towards our goals.

I am extremely happy with the progress we have made recently and I know that we will be more successful in the near future.

The Story of the Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto

Compiling clips from our interviews with the people who helped build the MNLCT, this video details the journey the Centre took from its humble beginnings in the home of Adolfo and Betty Puricelli to the organization it has become today, serving newcomer communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

We would like to thank all the participants of the 40th anniversary interview series. Watch all of our 40th Anniversary videos here or click the button below.

Celebrating our 40th anniversary!

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who attended our 40th anniversary event on February 10, 2024. Almost 500 friends, founders, partners, former and current clients celebrated with us at the LiUNA! Local 183 – Wilson Centre.

Our 40th anniversary fundraising campaign raised almost $30,000. Thank you to all of our incredible donors!

We hope you had a great time and appreciate your presence at the event and constant support over the years!

Interested in a Bridging Program?

Two of our Bridging programs are accepting students in April. Learn more below.

Bridging to Employment in Services for Immigrant Populations (BESIP)

BESIP provides internationally educated professionals with entry to a wide variety of positions in human, social, and community services. You can transfer your skills from your previous education and/or experience to a fulfilling career helping others in need.

Next Cohort Start Date: April 22, 2024

Application deadline: April 8, 2024

Bridge to Immigrant Women Reskilling into IT Coding Professions (C-Women)

The Bridge for Immigrant Women Reskilling into IT Professions (C-Women) Program supports immigrant women from all professional backgrounds in obtaining working knowledge of coding and testing to enter the IT sector.

Next start date: April 23, 2024

Application deadline: April 9, 2024

If you are interested in learning more about any of our four Bridging programs (BEMC, BESIP, BREM, or C-Women), join one of our in-person or online info sessions to learn more, ask questions and meet other professionals for informal networking.

Register for our LIGHTS program

Our Language Instruction Giving Hope to Trauma Survivors (LIGHTS) program is a FREE supportive language training program with emotional wellbeing activities for learners who need extra support. Our new session starts April 9, 2024.

To register, please contact:  


Judith Herrera:

E-Learning Courses Information Session

Are you interested in learning how to transform your career and upgrade your professional skills? Attend self-paced courses to develop your essential skills, track your personal growth and career planning, prepare for employment, and learn how to ace your citizenship test. 

Join our FREE e-Learning courses information session on April 25, 2024 to learn more about our services!

Join us for the BEAR (Building Empowerment And Resilience) Hikes for Newcomers Program!

Our new program for newcomers is open to nature lovers, hiking fanatics and anyone looking to discover the beauty of Canada’s wilderness. 

On May 11, 2024, join like-minded individuals to embark on a journey to Hilton Falls!

To register, contact Marla Marquez,

Join one of our well-being groups!

Farsi-speaking Women’s Group

In our sessions, we provide a space to increase well-being and mental health by becoming more self-aware of your body, emotions, thoughts, behaviours, and patterns. We meet every Wednesday from 4 PM to 6PM via Zoom.

To register, contact:
Bita Hedayati, 647-812-1332 ext. 5213 or

Ukrainian Mental Health Support Group

Our newest Mental Health support group for Ukrainians will commence on March 20, 2024. The group will inform, share information and exercises which can help you handle trauma and stress.

To register, contact:
Olga Potikha, 647-812-1332 ext. 5291 or

Click here or the button below to see other ways you can improve your well-being through our programs and services. 

Upcoming Knowledge of Financial Education (KOFE) webinars

Learn all about preparing for financial emergencies and managing your savings with KOFE!

MNLCT's Mental Health team presents Compassion in the Workplace at OCASI event

MNLCT’s mental health team was invited by the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) to the “Mental Health Knowledge Exchange” event on February 13, 2024. The mental health team presented the “Compassion in the Workplace” initiative that took place last year, which involved staff to reflect upon their own well-being and how to show compassion to those they work with.

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Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto (MNLCT)

Serving immigrants and refugees in-person and virtually across Ontario

1774 Queen St East. Toronto, ON M4L 1G7
1122 Finch Ave West, Unit 1, North York, ON M3J 3J5
2737 Keele St, Unit 9, North York, ON M3M 2E9
647-812-1332 | 647-776-2057

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"The Mennonite New Life Centre and its BEMC program came in very handy for me at the lowest ebb of my life by providing a lifeline and I am eternally grateful for that,”

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