Shelley Harris Director of Education and Settlement, YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin
Tel: 519-631-9800 x233
Shelley is the Director of Education and Settlement at the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin with the responsibility of overseeing Adult Education, Settlement Services, English Language Classes, the St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership (STELIP), and the Skills Connect Employment Project. She was the 2013 provincial winner of the Council of the Federation Literacy Award and supports client-centred programming.
She began her career in Northern Ontario working with Aboriginal learners and has worked with individuals living in poverty, women’s groups, newcomers, and multiple barriered learners.
The YWCA has a long and solid history of leadership in community building and Shelley embeds this spirit throughout her programming.
Shelley is the mother of three beautiful daughters and a grandmother. She enjoys watching them discover their gifts, talents, and individual paths.
Petrusia Hontar Project Coordinator
Tel: 519-631-9800 x 241
Petrusia Hontar has been a member of the STELIP team since it started in 2011. She holds an M.Sc. in Economic History: Demography, and an M.Sc. Society, Science, and Technology. In the few years living in St. Thomas, she has also supported the Pathways to Prosperity project to help increase Economic Security for Women, instructed children between the ages of 9 and 12 in the YWCA Kids Creative Cuisine Classes, is an Ambassador of Elgin County, is on the Administration Committee of the Elgin Business Women’s Network.
Outside of St. Thomas and Elgin County, Petrusia strives to maintain strong ties to her Ukrainian Culture, and is the an active member of the Ukrainian Youth Association.
Tom Sproat Project Facilitator
Tel: 519-631-9800 x 229
Tom holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology as well as a post graduate certificate in Immigration Law Consultation. He has lived and worked as an ESL teacher and immigration practitioner in Asia and South Africa, and it is here that his commitment to the successful integration and resettlement of newcomers into Canada began. He is excited and enthusiastic about the future for newcomers in St. Thomas and Elgin County and feels lucky to be a part of it.
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