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The New Canadians Centre is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board members are elected at the Annual General Meeting where the NCC shares its Annual Report. Any inquiries for the board can be emailed to

Board members for 2016-2017:

jason dennisonJason Dennison graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BSc. in Human Kinetics before moving to Taiwan where he spend the next 10 years as an ESL teacher, MBA and PhD student in international management, and a habitual traveler and cultural enthusiast.  Since returning to Canada, Jason served as outreach coordinator for the Canada China Business Council, and he currently holds the position of project officer with the Workforce Development Board.  Jason brings to the NCC Board a wealth of experience in international relations, project management, and community outreach.

robhowardWhen Rob Howard (Chair) relocated to Peterborough in 2013, he set a personal goal to explore the city’s many volunteer opportunities.  On a professional level, Rob is an IT Project Manager, specializing in large scale information systems projects.  He is also a former ESL instructor and has taught in a variety of settings including the International Education Centre at Georgian College, the Department of National Defence, newcomer programs and the Kyoto International School.  In more recent years, Rob has taken an active interest in community development.  He was a founding member of the Elmvale BIA, a Director in the Springwater Guild of Artists and Artisans and served on the local Township’s Heritage Committee.  In addition to the NCC, Rob volunteers with the Mount Community Centre (TMCC) and was recently appointed to the Board of the Committee Opportunity and Innovation Network (COIN).

Janet HunterJanet Hunter is a member of the NCC’s Fundraising and Outreach Committee and the PPCII’s Resource Development Committee.  She has lived and worked in France, Germany, and Thailand, and taught adult English as a Second Language learners here in Canada.  She designs resources for people working with newcomers to Canada, as well as providing research and evaluation services.  Janet believes that everyone benefits when newcomers find their place in Canadian society, and that we can all play a role in opening doors and breaking down barriers.


 anna leeAnna Lee is a first generation Canadian born to a Chinese father and Australian mother.  After a brief beginning in Australia, she grew up in Toronto where diversity was the norm.  Anna has been connected to Peterborough for almost 25 years, having completed a B.Sc. at Trent and living the past 15 years in Warsaw, ON just outside of Peterborough.  She has benefited from a diverse range of experiences including Outdoor Experiential Education, running her own Graphic Design and Illustration business, and community development work with individuals who experience barriers to inclusion.  Most recently she has been focused on fund development working with a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations.  Anna is happiest walking in the woods and sharing time with interesting people – including her husband and 2 teenage kids.

dscf0642Sil Salvaterra  graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Political Economy and Philosophy.  Additionally, Sil earned a Graduate Certificate in Refugee Studies and a Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and is a member of the Bar of Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Sil has an extensive background advocating for indigenous and marginalized groups in Canada.  He specializes in the areas of poverty law, welfare, immigration and housing. He also organised and facilitated a nine month study program in Third World Development.

jeff westlakeJeff Westlake has served in various capacities with the NCC. A Board member since 2014, Jeff taps into his background in teaching and in community development work with the Federal Government in order to advance the mandate and objectives of the NCC. Jeff holds an Honours B.A. from Trent University, B.Ed. from Queen’s University, and M.Ed. from Western University and counts it a tremendous privilege to be able to volunteer with such an outstanding organization as the NCC.


Gabrieles photo for BOD pageGabriele Zeh-Abramsky (Treasurer) has been on the Board of Directors since 2010. She has an Executive MBA from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Spanish from Trent University, and a degree in Commerce from Industrie und Handelskammer in Germany. She has been a business consultant for the Peterborough DNA cluster, an owner of a real estate and property management company, a co-owner of Charlotte Jewelers, and Director of Business Development at Vectorsoft limited in Lindsay.  As a volunteer she has been on the Underwriting Committee for the Festival of Trees, and the funding review committee of United Way as well as the local president and national Board member of Hadassah WIZO, and the Kawartha Montessori School. She hopes to lend her financial expertise to the NCC Board. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Peterborough YWCA and is a past Director of The Board of Directors for Hospice Peterborough. As an immigrant herself, Gabriele knows what it is like to make a new start in a new country with no support system and a foreign language.

Catia SkinnerCatia Skinner is a senior marketing executive with international experience and is well versed in all aspects of marketing.  Catia is the CEO at Kawartha Entertainment Group Inc., that owns The Venue and Dolcé Vita. She brings expertise in developing and implementing successful multi-channel marketing and business development strategies.  Catia is also co-owner and Strategic Planning Director at Mega Experience, a full-service marketing agency that specializes in brand experience.  Mega’s creative and innovative methodology connects remarkable experiences between brands and consumers.


Mary LadkyMary Ladky is an educator and literacy expert.  She has taught in a variety of contexts in Asia and North America, including as an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Trent University from 2005-2012.  Mary and her family arrived in Peterborough in 1995 and were immediately drawn to the New Canadians Centre and wanted to support its growing presence in the community.  From then until 2013, Mary volunteered as an ESL teacher, board member, finally serving as Chair of the Board from 2010-2013.  Mary is the Executive Director of the Children’s Book Bank in Toronto.

Peterborough Immigration Partnership Nominee: Becky Rogers

Board Nominee: Ribat Chowdhury, Co-Founder of Tectile – A creative technology company based in Peterborough focusing on creating exciting experiences for consumers using technology. Signature product: The ribbet mobile app.


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