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Program Staff


Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS) Specialist
Andrea Heilingbrunner

Phone: (705)743-0882
Languages: English, French

Andrea is a certified Canadian Language Benchmarks assessor. She can provide a language assessment for you if you are entering the LINC Program.

Andrea lived, worked and volunteered in the French community in Quebec for many years before returning to Peterborough, her childhood home, in 2005. She has been working with the NCC since November 2007. She is also a certified ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, and has been teaching ESL both in Quebec and Ontario since 2001. The New Canadians Centre is an ideal workplace for her because of her keen interest in people and their cultures, and because of her love of teaching language.

SAFO1 copyProject and Implementation Specialist
Safo Musta

Phone: (705) 743-0882 ext 234
Languages: English, Albanian, some Spanish

Safo is responsible for coordinating the various committees of the PPCII and for facilitating the Newcomer Advisory Group.

Safo is originally from Albania and has a law degree from the University of Tirana. She earned an LL.M. from Temple Law School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in US and a second LL.M. from Riga Graduate School of Law in Riga, Latvia. Before moving to Canada she served as Policy and Advocacy Specialist and Project Manager on several development projects in Kosovo. Safo shares a passion for traveling and writing. She is very excited to join the PPCII team.

lianaOutreach & Community Assistant
Liana Honsinger

Phone: (705) 743-0882
Languages: English

Liana grew up in the countryside two hours away from Peterborough, but now calls Peterborough her second home.  She received her BA in International Development at Trent University and a graduate certificate in Project Management from Fleming College. She loves to travel and has worked with communities in Tanzania and Mexico. Her favourite part about working with the New Canadians Centre is the rich learning experience that diverse groups offer.

caitlinMigrant Worker Project Outreach Worker
Caitlin Barratt
Phone: (905) 377 8100
Languages: English, basic Arabic

Caitlin holds a BA (Honours) from Trent University in Sociology and Anthropology and a MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University. Her graduate work focused on the effect of physical clustering of places of worship on interfaith dialogue, which was later published in the International Journal of Migration and Integration. She has been involved with the New Canadians Centre since 2010, where she worked as a summer student, and stayed on as a volunteer. Caitlin spent the past year interning with the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo, Egypt where she drafted refugee resettlement referrals for submission to the UNHCR.

Caitlin enjoys travelling and, prior to relocating to Egypt, was active in social justice campaigns such as Y Act Up, the Sacred Water Circle and served on the OPIRG board. She is excited to be back and feels lucky to be part of such a dynamic and diverse team!

kateNewcomer Child/Youth/Cultural Worker
Katharine Gentle

Phone: (705) 743 0882
Languages: English

Originally from Scotland, Kate came to Peterborough in 2010 as an International Student and received her M.A in Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies from Trent.  Her M.A research examined the case of Omar Khadr and the intersectional factors contributing to his abandonment by Canada, despite his status as child and citizen, and the violent treatment he was subjected to in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Kate is continuing her studies as a PhD Candidate at Trent. Her current research engages with the politics of child citizenship and the institutionalization of marginalized children in post-war Canada.

The Child/Youth/Cultural Worker summer position is an excellent opportunity for Kate to gain valuable experience working with diverse groups of children and their families.

IMG_8494Program Assistant
Natasha Hsu
Phone: (705) 743 0882
Languages: English, Mandarin

Natasha was born and raised in Taiwan before she moved to Peterborough to attend Trent University in 2011. She is currently in her final year at Trent and will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies and Cultural Studies. Natasha is excited about working as a program assistant at Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigration and Integration. She hopes to bring more innovative and interesting programs to share all the lovely aspects of Peterborough life to new comers in the community.