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Board Recruitment

Thank you for your interest in joining the Board of Directors of the New Canadians Centre. Serving as a Board member is an important and valued role within our organization, helping to provide leadership and steward the best interests of the New Canadians Centre as we work towards achieving our mission. We are committed to a fair and transparent board recruitment process that cultivates diverse perspectives and skill sets among board members.

Board Structure and Commitment

Board meetings are held monthly between September and June in the evenings, typically from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The Board has four standing committees: Governance & HR, Policy, Recruitment, and Finance; board members are expected to serve on at least one committee.

The time commitment for board members is between 5 and 10 hours per month, which includes reviewing the meeting package, attending board and committee meetings and follow-up. Directors are encouraged to attend virtual and in-person community activities organised by the NCC (e.g., community potlucks, annual celebration etc.).

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday May 25, 2023 from 5:00-6:00pm.

Positions Available & Priorities for Recruitment

The membership will be electing to fill positions for two-year terms. Board members may serve three consecutive two-year terms. The positions will be filled based on a combination of an assessment of the candidate’s experience and skills and the existing skills and experience currently on our Board.

Your application must be received by 5pm on Feb 26, 2023 to be considered for review.

Please contact Andy Cragg, Executive Director at andy@nccpeterborough.ca if you have any questions or if you require accessibility accommodations.

Best regards,

Robert McDonald
Chair, Board Recruitment Committee, New Canadians Centre

Committee Members: Ghada Hussein, Saji Mon Ravi Mannoosseril, Tracey McConnery

An Introduction to the New Canadians Centre

The New Canadians Centre (NCC) empowers people who are new to Canada, so they can be recognized as equal and valued members of Canadian society, and we provide leadership to cultivate their meaningful economic, social, and cultural inclusion in our community.

The work of the NCC is broadly divided into Client Services and Community Development, and is supported by the Corporate Services team. We currently have over 40 staff on our team and a $3 million annual budget.

Client Services

  • Each year, over 1000 immigrants, refugees and newcomers are served at the New Canadians Centre. Our clients come from over 100 countries and speak over 50 different languages.
  • Newcomers can access a variety of programs and services, such as settlement counselling, employment counselling, language assessment, transitional support, workshops (e.g. taxes and citizenship), English conversation groups, women’s group, skills training, youth programming and activities, and recreational outings.
  • Settlement staff meet with clients at our office (221 Romaine Street) and also work with the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board and Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board to provided itinerant services in schools. We also provide services online and by phone where convenient for clients or necessary due to health regulations.
  • We have a satellite office in Northumberland (600 William Street, Cobourg) that provides settlement and community connections services.
  • In 2016, we were designated as a Welcome Centre for Government-Assisted Refugees (GARs) and have since welcomed and supported over 500 GARs from various countries including Afghanistan and Syria.
  • Our work is supported by volunteers who assist with one-on-one English tutoring and who form volunteer support teams (5-6 people) to support the resettlement and cultural integration of GARs.

Community Development

The New Canadians Centre is the lead agency of the Peterborough Immigration Partnership (PIP). Established in 2008, the Peterborough Immigration Partnership (PIP) is a community-based partnership of individuals and organisations (including the New Canadians Centre) which envisions a community where the meaningful economic, social and cultural integration of newcomers ensures a prosperous and inclusive community for all. The work of the PIP is guided by the Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025 which articulates the goals that need to be met to achieve meaningful integration in a welcoming community.

  • We collaborate with partners to provide professional development for interpreters, ESL providers and support team members for government-assisted refugees.
  • Community members can access French and Spanish conversation groups, and have the opportunity to engage in outreach programs such as the Living Library Program and Diversity and Inclusion training.
  • We organise programs and events to celebrate the diverse cultures in Peterborough, including the Canadian Multiculturalism Festival, Lessons from the Land and Welcoming Week.
  • We work with partners to support workplace integration and develop innovative training opportunities to engage clients who have barriers to accessing traditional pathways to employment. The areas of focus include food services, sewing, computer and financial literacy.
  • Community engagement staff manage a variety of social media accounts to share information about our programs and activities, including welcomepeterborough.ca, a customized immigration portal for those looking to relocate to Peterborough to learn about our community.
  • Support from community partners enables us to administer the Peterborough Welcome Pass program. This allows newcomers to have free or subsidized access to cultural institutions and programs in Peterborough for 1 year. This program is on hold until restrictions on distancing are lifted.
  • The Fund Development Team works closely with staff and volunteers to gather and share stories of donor impact. There are 2 annual fundraising drives (winter and spring).

More information about our programs and activities is available on our website, in the monthly e-newsletter and in our Annual Report.

43 years of Inspiring and Encouraging Newcomers #WeBelong

In 1979, a small group of local community members gathered to sponsor refugees fleeing the communist regime in Vietnam. They formed the Peterborough Newcomer Language Orientation Committee (PNLOC) in order to welcome and provide support to refugees. This group eventually grew into the New Canadians Centre, offering expanded services to immigrants and refugees.

In 2019-2020, we embarked on the #WeBelong campaign with 40 stories that celebrate our supporters, our clients and the impact that their generosity has had on our community:

Looking Ahead

In 2023-2024, the Board of Directors will support the Executive Director in providing broad oversight of the implementation of Strategic Priorities identified in our 2022-2027 strategic plan. As ambassadors, they will share the impact of the New Canadians Centre widely and work with staff to engage and steward supporters.

Board Position Descriptions