Introducing our new Executive Director, Dwayne O’Connor | An inspiring client story – Juan Carlos | Helping families with Emotional Intelligence | Our new events calendar | Register for LINC | News from our MNLCT community | Read our 2022 Annual Report
We are thrilled to announce our new Executive Director, Dwyane O’Connor, who has extensive experience in various executives leadership roles confronting social and economic equities faced by our newcomer communities.
At our annual general meeting, Dwayne expressed his enthusiasm on joining the Centre, saying, “I am humbled by seeing how great a team we have to work with and to have such a great set of leaders to go along with that. I cannot wait for us all to get working together.”
Click here or the button below to read the full announcement. Stay tuned for an invitation to our Keele Open House, planned for this Fall, for a chance to meet Dwayne in person.
Watch this inspiring story from our former client Juan Carlos!
In celebration of our 40th anniversary, we sat down with one of our former clients, Juan Carlos. Sponsored by the Mennonite Church, Juan moved to Canada in 2005 with his mother. Juan, who was born with spina bifida, was provided his first ever wheelchair by the MNLCT. The Centre also provided other services to Juan and his mother, Vivian.
They now live in Windsor, Ontario. Juan has grown and developed into a wheelchair basketball champion. His passion in sports has also secured him a gold medal in wheelchair cycling.
Watch more of our 40th Anniversary videos here or click the button below.
Working with Families to Help Emotional Intelligence
During the pandemic, many children missed out on the essential skill of socialization as they mostly studied from home. In the post-pandemic period, our Mental Health team recognized the need to address this challenge and assisted families in responding effectively to such situations. Four placement students developed, delivered and supervised the Emotional Intelligence program for kids and their parents at Stanley Public School in North York.
“Children needed to learn about their emotions and how to deal with them,” says Bita Hedayati, a registered psychotherapist and mental health counsellor at the Centre. “The focus was on fostering empathy and compassion in this program,” she adds.
Read the full story here or click the button below.
Find an activity that will help you settle in Canada
We recently launched a new calendar on our website that gives you all of our upcoming events and relevant dates for all of our programs at one glance.
You will find registration dates for our fall and and dates of ongoing programming like , , as well as information about upcoming one-time workshops and activities.
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Improve your English skills this fall
Our Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), is a free language training program for eligible adult learners. All our LINC instructors are Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certified and experienced in adult education.
Registration for 2024 Fall/Winter session begins on August 21st, 2023. Classes begin on September 5th, 2023.
For more info about the LINC program,or the button below.
New sessions are starting in LIGHTS, HOPES, and EXL programs
These free programs for learning English, employment, and entrepreneurship skills are now welcoming new participants.
LIGHTS teaches English through emotional wellbeing activities
The Language Instruction Giving Hope to Trauma Survivors (LIGHTS) program offers both virtual classes via Zoom and in-person at the Keele and Wilson office once a week.
HOPES provides emotional, social, and coaching assistance for employment
Our Helping Our Newcomers Prepare for Employment Success (HOPES) program provides confidence in job search and entrepreneurship. CLB+5 English proficiency is required.
EXL helps newcomer entrepreneurs expand their businesses
The Entrepreneurial Excellence and Leadership (EXL) program offers tailored learning, resources, and support, covering business planning, financials, marketing, sales, and mental health support.
News from our MNLCT Community
Our colleague, Homira Zaky, officially became a Canadian citizen on July 19, 2023.
Homira came to Canada from the USA in 2018. She had been living in Afghanistan before that. She has been a part of MNLCT since January 2022, working as a settlement case worker.
Since Homira has a background in law, she describes the process of applying for citizenship “not that frustrating compared to other people”. In preparation of her citizenship test, she watched YouTube videos and practiced questions from past tests.
Congratulations Homira! We wish you good fortune and abundance on your new chapter!
Bridging students gather for potluck
Over the past few months, clients and staff members of bridging programs gathered for various potluck meals.
Students and staff brought food from their homes and caught up over a meal and games.
BREM’s ninth cohort met in June at High Park while BEMC’s ninth cohort gathered in July at our Finch location.
Earlier in February, there was a combined potluck with C-Women, BESIP and BEMC participants.
Potlucks are great opportunities to build community as sharing food from unique backgrounds fosters new connections and strengthen old ones.
We loved being a part of this collective effort in bringing our MNLCT family closer together.
Revive and Thrive Peer Support Group takes flight
On July 13, 2023, the Community Mental Health Program and thestarted the “Revive and Thrive Peer Support Group” for women and gender diverse people.
The six-session project was developed to promote wellness and community connections. The group is facilitated by students from ourprogram.
LINC students celebrate Canada Day
On July 1, 2023, our LINC students came together to celebrate Canada Day. It was a gathering of food, fun, and good times!
Looking back on a year of service in the aftermath of the pandemic
In MNLCT’s 2022 Annual Report, we reflect on a year of recentering and reimagining our communities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report dives into how the Centre reconfirmed our commitment to serving newcomers in all stages of their journey.
to read the full report, or through the button below.