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Community Representatives Come Together to Improve Immigrant Settlement in York Region

The Community Partnership Council (CPC) works with the Region to develop and implement The York Region Immigration Settlement Strategy. CPC includes individuals from a variety of community stakeholder groups.

CPC Role

The role of the CPC is to develop and implement the Immigration Settlement Strategy, specifically:

  • Evaluating and assessing assets and gaps
  • Identifying priorities for funding
  • Suggesting activities for the Strategy
  • Looking at ways community stakeholders can stay connected on newcomer issues
  • Act as ambassador for the implementation of the strategic priorities

Message from Community Partnership Council

Co-Chairs City of Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Job Skills Executive Director Nella Iasci

The Community Partnership Council is pleased to present this Newcomer Strategy, which supports our ongoing vision for the settlement and integration of newcomers in York Region.

We take pride in the work completed to date and feel confident our renewed focus and actions in the 2017 to 2021 York Region Newcomer Strategy will help create a welcoming community that fully supports newcomers. Our efforts continue to focus on setting newcomers and their families up to succeed, encouraging diversity and addressing local challenges through awareness and action.

Strong partnerships play an important role in completing actions in the Newcomer Strategy, and we will continue to strengthen relationships with our communities and government partners. Working together, we can ensure York Region is a place that everyone is proud to call home.

Sector Representatives

Here is a list of the current Community Partnership Council Sector Representatives

Sector Sector Representative and Contact Info
Regional Representative

Frank Scarpitti (Co-Chair)
Mayor
Town of Markham

Settlement Services

Nella Iasci (Co-Chair)
Community Partnership Council
Executive Director, Job Skills

Regional Representative

Wayne Emmerson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Office of the Regional Chair
The Regional Municipality of York

Regional Representative

Tony Van Bynen
Mayor
Town of Newmarket

Regional Representative

Lina Bigioni
Chief of Staff, Office of the Regional Chair
The Regional Municipality of York

Regional Representative

Katherine Chislett
Commissioner, Community and Health Services
The Regional Municipality of York

Municipal

Tricia Myatt
Manager Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs
Town of Richmond Hill

Municipal

Angela Palermo
Manager of Cultural Services
City of Vaughan

Municipal

Sandra Tam
Senior Business Development Officer,
City of Markham

Settlement Services

Robert Hickey
Executive Director
Catholic Community Services of York Region

Settlement Services

Moy Wong-Tam
Executive Director
Centre for Immigrant and Community Services of Ontario

Settlement Services

Robert Cazzola
Director, Education and Information Systems
COSTI Immigrant Services

Settlement Services

Patricia Cousins
Chief Executive Officer
Social Enterprise for Canada

Language Training

Karen McNeil
Director, Language Services
York Region, Centre for Education and Training

Employment Skills and Training

Joanne Jeffrey
Senior Manager Education, Training and Outreach Division
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Employment Skills and Training

Kim Coulter
Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Vocational Services

Employment Skills and Training

Ian Nyman
General Manager
York Region Employment YMCA of Greater Toronto

Labour Market Development

Al Wilson
Executive Director
Workforce Planning Board of York Region and Bradford, West Gwillimbury

Labour Market Development

Beth Clarke
Director Employer Programs
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council

Police Services

Ricky Veerappan
Inspector, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau,
York Regional Police

Health Services

Stav D’Andrea
Chief Human Resource Officer
Mackenzie Health

Health Services

Rebecca Shields
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe

Education

Frances Bagley
Associate Director, Strategic Leadership
York Region Catholic District School Board

Education

Cecil Roach
Superintendent, Equity and Engagement
York Regional District School Board

Education

Denis Gravelle
Chair, Faculty of Continuing Education and Training
Seneca College

Education

Valerie Preston
Professor
York University

Francophone Community

Suzanne Harding
Community Liaison Officer
Conseil scolaire Viamonde

Social Services

Janice Chu
Director, Community Investment
United Way of York Region

Ex-Officio Members

The CPC representatives include the following ex-officio members. The ex-officio members do not have voting rights on the CPC. Their purpose is to provide advice to the CPC on funding opportunities as well as federal and provincial policy developments. All ex-officio members were nominated by their organizations.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Jackie Smith
Acting Operations Manager
Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Caitlin Andrews
Regional Advisor
Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development Baljit Bardai
Service Delivery Manager
Service Canada Lindsay Fung
Manager, York/Durham Region Citizen Services and Program Development
Central LHIN Lisa Kitchen
Director,Health System Planning and Design

Additional Information