St. Thomas Journal

St. Thomas Journal

St. Thomas Journal, 27 February 2013

The community got a first-hand look Tuesday night at a year of progress from the St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership.

The partnership is a group of local agencies, including the YWCA, Employment Services Elgin and the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation, focused on immigrant integration to St. Thomas and Elgin county.

Last March, the partnership drafted its Settlement Strategy, a document with key goals for attracting, retaining and accommodating immigrants and provided the update at CASO railway station.

“I think we are really, really happy with the way things are moving,” project co-ordinator Alfredo Marroquin said.

“We have obtained a lot of collaboration from, not only individuals who are leaders in the community, but also agencies, institutions and municipalities that are willing to work with us.”

Goals that have been completed or nearing completion include the development of a cultural diversity sub-committee, creating fact sheets about different aspects of Canadian living and increasing awareness of concepts and practices in Canadian life.