As its first three years come to an end, the St. Thomas-Elgin Local Immigration Partnership will meet Thursday with the community to update where it has been and seek input where it should head.
“We really want to hear from the community to ensure we are doing the right stuff,” says Petrusia Hontar, a partnership research and project assistant. She’s one of two partnership employees.
The partnership is comprised of 14 agencies who deliver a variety of education, health and social services to welcome and settle newcomers in St. Thomas and Elgin so they may become part of, and contributed to, community life.
With the majority of newcomers other than visible minorities, it’s a larger segment of the population than many people think, says Hontar.
“One of the biggest misconceptions for the community is there are no newcomers here.”