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IMG_7791SWIS Coordinator (Interim)
Jessica Devlin

Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 228 ; (705) 313 3674
Language: English

Jessica has a BA in Political Studies from the University of Guelph and a teaching certification from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Teaching ESL and Middle School in China for five years allowed Jessica to travel extensively throughout the world and learn about many different cultures. She also has several years experience working as an occasional elementary teacher close to home in the KPR board.  Jessica lives in Peterborough with her husband and two sons.

kemiSettlement Coordinator (Interim)
Kemi Akapo

Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 218
Languages: English, Intermediate French

Kemi is the Settlement Services Coordinator and assists new comers to Peterborough find employment as well as connects with local employers looking to hire new Canadians.

Originally from Nigeria, Kemi was raised in a number of countries in West Africa.  She moved to Canada in 2005 to attend Trent University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in English Literature and International Development Studies.  She is currently taking a Post Graduate Certificate from York University in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Kemi really enjoys working with newcomers to Canada and specifically to Peterborough.  She believes Peterborough is a great community and looks forward to making connections between newcomers and local employers.

Kemi is an avid feminist and cyclist.  She sits on the board of the YWCA Peterborough/ Haliburton and is a member of the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration.

anneCommunity Coordinator

Anne Elliott

Email: Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 222 Languages: English

Anne is the Community Coordinator responsible for arranging group activities such as trips to discover the local area, social events and conversation circles.  She also manages and supports our volunteers.

Before relocating to Canada with her family in 2007, Anne was an Education Administrator in England working at the University of Warwick and for a large public school board. She is a qualified high school teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Wales.

As a newcomer to Peterborough herself, she is delighted to welcome others and to help them explore and feel a part of their new community.

jasonPeterborough Immigration Partnership
Jason Stabler

Phone: (705) 743-0882 ext 234

Jason was born in and grew up in Peterborough. After studying and working across Canada, Jason returned home to Peterborough in 2009 where he took up a position with the New Canadians Centre Peterborough (NCC).  Since 2009, Jason has worked at the NCC as the Research and Implementation Specialist, the Partnership Council Coordinator and the Interim Executive Director.

Jason is a member of the Rotary Club of Peterborough, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Opportunity and Innovation Network (COIN), and a member of the Agency and Community Services Committee of the United Way of Peterborough and District. He has previously worked as a part time professor in the School of Business and Justice Studies at Fleming College a Policy Analyst for the BC government and as a Research Assistant on two university research projects.

Jason has a B.Sc. from the University of Guelph, a law degree from the University of Manitoba and an M.A. from the University of Victoria.

In 2014, Jason was named one of the recipients of the ‘4 under 40′ award at the annual Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards. The ‘4 Under 40’ Profiles are designed to recognize four individuals in our community who are under the age of 40 and who are making their mark in the Peterborough area.

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Caitlin Barratt

Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 233
Languages: English, beginner 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. Prior to returning to the New Canadians Centre Caitlin interned with the Resettlement Legal Aid Project in Cairo, Egypt where she drafted refugee resettlement referrals for submission to the UNHCR.

She is excited to be back and feels lucky to be part of such a dynamic and diverse team!


Refugee Coordinator

Michael Vanderherberg

Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 236
Languages: English and some French


Michael is the Refugee Resettlement Coordinator and shares the role with Tamara Hoogerdyk.  Michael has been involved in refugee work since 2008 and is in his element in the role.  With a brief stint working at a consulting firm for 10 months in 2015, Michael has been at the New Canadians Centre since 2009 working in the employment sector.  Previous to this he worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources with Geographic Information Systems.  Michael and his wife, Andrea, own and operate the Silver Bean Cafe together and have two lovely children, William and Grace.


TamaraRefugee Coordinator

Tamara Hoogerdyk

Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 224
Languages: English and French

Tamara has been working at the New Canadians Centre since 2007, initially as the employment counsellor.  Since April 2009, Tamara has been coordinating settlement, employment, language training, translation, interpretation, and immigration services.

Tamara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from McMaster University and has been working in the Social Services field since 2003.  Her favourite part of the job is working one-on-one with clients and meeting many different types of people.

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Carol Lawless

Phone: (705) 743-0882 ext 230


Languages: English

Carol has more than 25 years experience as a writer, editor and project manager.  She started the first magazine in Canada for chiropractors with Dr. Ian Horseman, Canadian Chiropractor.  She is an English/Cultural Studies graduate from Trent University and also holds a diploma in Journalism from Humber College.  She has two loves of her life, her daughters, Grace and Joan.  She thrives when working in a team environment and is really excited about being at the NCC.


yvonneOutreach Coordinator
Yvonne Lai (on leave until September 2016)

Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 233
Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Yvonne moved to Canada from Singapore in 1998 to attend university. She graduated with a BA (Honours) in Psychology and English from Trent University, and with an MA and PhD in Psychology from York University. Her graduate work was based on assessing immigrant needs in small urban communities and patterns of community engagement.

Yvonne has worked with various community agencies which include the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society, YWCA of Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton and the Canadian Mental Health Association. She feels very fortunate to be able to work with such a dedicated team in a great community and looks forward to engaging with individuals and community partners to further the mission of the NCC and Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration.

dawnSWIS Coordinator
Franklin (on leave until June 2016)

Phone: (705)743-0882 ext 223; (705) 313 3674 (cell)
Languages: English

Dawn  is the SWIS Coordinator focusing on connecting families with children and youth to the resources, programs and supports in the schools and community.

Dawn has experience teaching in public and private elementary schools.  As a Settlement Support Worker in Schools in Saskatoon, Dawn assisted new families to integrate into their schools and community.   Dawn holds a B.Sc. (Kinesiology) University of Waterloo and a B. Ed. University of Western Ontario.

SAFO1 copyPeterborough Immigration Partnership Coordinator

Safo Musta (on leave until September 2016)

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

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 the 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.