I have been a member and the chair at present of the CDC since it was formed. I am proud to be a member because of the vision for this group. I believe that by coming together respecting and celebrating of different nationalities, backgrounds, ethnicity, race, colour, social status is enriching the Elgin county. We can all be different and yet be proud Canadians!!
YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
Juliane joined the CDC in autumn 2014. She is committed to helping raise awareness of the benefits of cultural diversity and breaking down the barriers that can prevent individuals from participating fully and equally in Canadian society. As an immigrant to Canada and someone who has a working background in the immigrant and refugee sectors in Canada and abroad, she is passionate about supporting activities that promote inclusion and respect for newcomers to our region.
Tricia Flatley was born and raised in Aylmer and is a graduate of the Media, Theory, Production program at Fanshawe and Western University. She currently works as the Communications Officer for the Local Employment Planning Council project. She joined the Cultural Diversity Committee, which is an integral part of our county, in the fall of 2016, after attending a STELIP event. She saw the passion of the diverse community and wanted to use her knowledge and skills to build on the momentum. She is also a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron and enjoys teaching her “little sister” about the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. She says she is looking forward to breaking down the barriers for newcomers in Elgin County so that everyone has a chance to succeed in their own way. With a degree in Media, Information, Techniculture, she has met some amazing people within the community and is excited to continue to tell their stories innovative ways.
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Irena’s broad international work experience, as well as her personal immigrant story, grounds her insight into the importance of building stronger communities where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive. Welcoming and embracing newcomers is vitally important for a vibrant social and cultural prosperity in St. Thomas and Elgin County.