The Immigration Partnership is a collaborative of over 100 community partners working together. Our partners represent settlement, health, housing, education, language and community services; municipalities; business, employers and employment services; research and post-secondary institutions; and individual community members.

Immigration Partnership Council

The Coaching Co: Tracey Hare Connell 
Grand River Hospital: Dr Ernest Osei
YMCA Immigrant Services: Pari Karem
Conestoga College: Laura Stoutenburg
Greater KW Chamber of Commerce: Ian McLean 
KW Multicultural Centre: Brittney Emslie, Lucia Harrison
United Way Waterloo Region Communities: Brian Kamm 
Waterloo Region Police Services: Bryan Larkin 
Wilfrid Laurier University: Margaret Walton Roberts 
Waterloo Region District School Board: James Bond, Della Lataille-Herdsman 
Waterloo Region Community Legal Services: Shannon Down
House of Friendship: Dauda Raji
The C3 Group of Companies: Murray Gamble
Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (ex officio): Conal Vaughan 
Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration (ex officio): Sonja Erstic 

Settle Steering Group
Conestoga College: Laura Stoutenburg, Christine Buuck

KW Multicultural Centre: Ana Luz Martinez
YMCA Immigrant Services: Anna Schwarz, Marian Rozman, Pari Karem
Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre: Eda Dede, Shukri Adbulkadir 
Carizon Family and Children’s Services: Debbie Engel 
Kitchener Public Library: Jarvis Sparks 
Region of Waterloo: Ed Kaut, Roger Gilbert, Sanjay Govindaraj, Sherry White, Crystal Swinton, Karen Sianchuk, Jennifer Staples, Kristine Marchetti
Reception House Waterloo Region: Lynne Griffiths-Fulton
Mennonite Central Committee Ontario: Kaylee Perez, Stephanie Schreuders
Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support: Shelley Campagnola
St Louis Adult Learning Centres: Janet Waito
House of Friendship: Nermin Ozdemir 
Centre for Family Medicine: Carolyn Beukeboom
SHORE Centre: Hoda Ghonim 
Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region: Sheri Follett 
Waterloo Region Community Legal Services : Rachael Lake, Imtenan Abdel-Razik
KW Counselling: Diane McGregor 
Levant Canada: Siba Al-Khadour 
The Working Centre: Barb Van Giessen, Sarah Badran 
KidsAbility: Rana Shami
Aids Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener Waterloo and Area: Priscilla Muzira
Grand River Hospital: Sakina Kirefu-Khan
Lutheran World Relief: Jennifer Ardon
Supportive Housing of Waterloo: Gael Gilbert
WCDSC (St. Louis LINC): Pauleen Payne

Community Members: Eliseo Martell, Lilliana Araujo 

Work Steering Group
Greater KW Chamber of Commerce: Ian McLean 

Region of Waterloo (Human Resources): Sheila McIntosh  
Workforce Planning Board Waterloo Wellington Dufferin: Charlene Hofbauer 
Waterloo Region Small Business Centre: Ksenia Zverev 
Wilfrid Laurier University: Michelle Jutzi 
Orange Sky Enterprises: Elizabeth Arcila 
KW Multicultural Centre: Eltag Elkhalifa 
Scotiabank: Isabel Vankuik 
JD Sweid Foods: Janet Lehman 
Resourceful: John Rose
Carizon: Julie Newman 
Lutherwood: Katherine Peterson 
Clearpath: Sue Benoit 
YMCA Immigrant Services
Agilec: Tim Callan
Conestoga College: Tina Allishaw 
City of Kitchener Economic Development: Chris Ferrell, Valerie Bradford 
City of Waterloo Economic Development: Kristin Sainsbury

Community Members: Roberto Villamar

Belong Steering Group

KW Multicultural Centre: Brittney Emslie (Chair)
City of Cambridge: Vanessa Lopak (Vice-Chair)
Carizon: Aisha Wovenu
Social Development Centre: Aleksandra Petrovic
Community member: Anna Barth
Community member: Asha Abubaker
Interfaith Grand River: Brice Balmer
Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank: Chaitali Maybhate
Volunteer Action Centre: Dianne Boston-Nyp
Community member: Dina Ayad
Community member: Elba Martinez
CCORIC member, African Women Alliance of Waterloo Region: Fadhilah Balogun
ICNA Canada & MWC: Fauzia Wafai
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde: Gabrielle Laurin
Waterloo Region Police Service: Jaskirat Gill
Carizon: Jessica Thier
City of Waterloo: Jim Bowman
House of Friendship: Jonathan Moyer
Waterloo Region Police Service: Julie Sudds
Sustainable Waterloo Region: Katie Hill
Waterloo Public Libraries: Kelly Kipfer
City of Kitchener: Kelly Steiss
Region of Waterloo: Kristen Bustamante
Region of Waterloo: Lee Ann Wetzel
Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir: Marie-Pierre Daoust
City of Kitchener: Marla Pender
Kinbridge Community Association: Marwa Gebeil
Carizon: Melissa Strachan
Region of Waterloo: Muriel Vandepol
Community member: Pamela Rojas
City of Waterloo: Pamela Albrecht
City of Kitchener: Rebecca Florence
Focus for Ethnic: Women Waterloo Region Inc. Renu Bhandari
Kinbridge Community Association: Rihanat El-Alawa
Region of Waterloo: Sanjay Govindaraj
Interfaith Grand River & Coalition of Muslim Women: Sarah Shafiq
Idea Exchange: Shannon Markle
Region of Waterloo: Sophia Stanberry
KW Art Gallery: Stephen Lavigne

 

Working Groups Membership 

 

Social Inclusion Working Group

KW Multicultural Centre: Brittney Emslie (Chair)
Social Development Centre: Aleksandra Petrovic
Community member: Anna Barth
Volunteer Action Centre: Dianne Boston-Nyp
Community member: Elba Martinez
Community member: Faryal Diwan
SHORE: Hoda Ghonim
Community member: Janet Howitt
Carizon: Jessica Thier
City of Kitchener: Marina Dotzert
Region of Waterloo: Sanjay Govindaraj
KW Art Gallery: Stephen Lavigne

 

 Public Education Working Group

KW Multicultural Centre: Brittney Emslie (Chair)
Volunteer Action Centre: Dianne Boston-Nyp
Community member: Dina Ayad
Conseil Scolaire Viamonde: Gabrielle Laurin
Community member: Janet Howitt
City of Kitchener: Kelly Steiss
Community member: Pamela Rojas
Interfaith Grand River & Coalition of Muslim Women: Sarah Shafiq
Idea Exchange: Shannon Markle
KW Art Gallery: Stephen Lavigne
City of Cambridge: Vanessa Lopak (Vice-Chair)

 

Welcoming & Inclusive Municipalities Working Group

City of Waterloo: Pam Albrecht
City of Cambridge: Vanessa Lopak (Vice-Chair)

 

Alumni Organizations

Jennifer Roggemann Law Office
University of Waterloo
Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries
Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support
ShamRose for Syrian Culture
Community Coalition on Refugee and Immigrant Concerns
Muslim Social Services
Muslim Association of Canada/Embrace Syria
Welcome Home Refugee House
Canadian Lutheran World Relief
Ray of Hope, Inc.
Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington
University of Waterloo Optometry Clinic
Nimbus HR Solutions
Teledyne Dalsa
Communitech
SRG
Accents Training
Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area
Delton Glebe Counseling Centre
Idea Exchange (Cambridge Libraries and Art Galleries)
YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo (Community Initiatives)
Bridges to Belonging
Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network
Family and Children’s Services of the Waterloo Region

Strategic Partnerships

Centre for Community Based Research

International Migration Research Centre, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Wilfrid Laurier University, Learning Community Initiative

Contacts