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Coordinators

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Jessica Devlin

Email: jessica@nccpeterborough.ca
Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 228
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

Email: kemi@nccpeterborough.ca
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 has also completed 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 boards of the YWCA Peterborough/ Haliburton and Kawartha World Issues Centre.

anneCommunity Coordinator
Anne Elliott

Email: anne@nccpeterborough.ca
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.

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Refugee Resettlement Coordinator
Michael Vanderherberg

Email: michael@nccpeterborough.ca
Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 236
Languages: English and some French

Michael is the Refugee Resettlement Coordinator and shares the role with Jack Gillan.  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.

jackRefugee Resettlement Coordinator
Jack Gillan

Email: jack@nccpeterborough.ca
Phone: (705) 743 0882 ext. 236
Languages: English

Jack joins the New Canadians Centre after working 40 years in the Developmental Services Sector, leading significant change to the supports to individuals living with an intellectual disability locally and across the Province.  Jack also previously served many years as a Human Resource Administrator and Program Manager in the City of Toronto.

Current volunteer commitments include active Board membership of the Peterborough Housing Corporation and serving as a Volunteer Mediator with the John Howard Society.  Jack is a former member of the Rotary Club of Peterborough and a former foster parent for the Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Aid Society.  Personal interests include camping, travel, and enjoying life with family.

Jack has a strong personal belief in the Peterborough region as a community which welcomes, supports, and empowers all its citizens, whether newly-arrived or already established residents.  Jack welcomes this opportunity to join the committed and dynamic NCC team!

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Carol Lawless

E-mail: carol@nccpeterborough.ca
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 

Email: yvonne@nccpeterborough.ca
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 Immigration Partnership.