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Program Staff

BOB_2057Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System (CLARS) Assessor
Andrea Heilingbrunner

Phone: (705) 743-0882 ext. 227
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.

erinn for ncc 001Migrant Worker Counsellor
Erinn Burke

Phone: (905) 377-9882
Languages: English, French, Spanish

Erinn is the Migrant Worker Counsellor at the New Canadians Centre in Cobourg. She works with agricultural migrant workers and farm owners to increase the workers’ access to health and social services. As part of her studies in International Development at Trent University, Erinn spent a year living in Ecuador and later participated in a CIDA internship in Mexico. She worked at the Immigrant Women’s Centre in Hamilton before farming in Ontario and Quebec. Erinn enjoys coordinating the community gardens at Seeds of Change Peterborough and volunteering for the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre‘s crisis support line.

DSC01412Newcomer Child/Youth/Cultural Worker (summer 2015)
Champagne Thomson

Phone: (705) 743-0882
Languages: English

Champagne grew up in the country near Orillia, Ontario but moved to Peterborough for school a few years ago. She is currently attending Fleming College for Social Service Work, and previously started her International Development degree at Trent University. She has worked with organizations in her hometown such as the Sharing Place Food Bank to assist with their annual Ashiko World Music Festival which she created a Youth Component of in 2013.

Throughout Champagne’s life she has always enjoyed language and being exposed to new cultures – her true passion is learning and interacting with her surroundings. Champagne aspires to travel the world, acquiring knowledge, memories and further develop her skills as an emerging professional with a desire to evoke positive change.