The YMCA of Windsor & Essex County
is a charitable association which provides support to all members of
the community. The YMCA was founded in 1868 in the Sandwich town hall.
The YMCA has been offering its ‘New Canadians’ programs
since 1948. The ‘New Canadians’ programs include Language
Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC), settlement services and
Beyene Haile is a settlement counsellor at the YMCA.
Mr. Haile was born in Axum, Ethiopia where he was the Deputy Mayor
from 1973 to 1981. He has extensive experience assisting new immigrants
in making their move to Windsor a smooth transition to life in
Canada. He has also been very effective in increasing awareness
of the barriers facing immigrants of African descent.
(Beyene Haile – YMCA Settlement Counsellor & Peace
On November 17, 2003 Beyene Haile received
the Peace Medal Award. The award was presented by the YMCA in recognition
of his work with the following organizations:
Immigrant Men’s Support Group in
Sudanese Community Group
Windsor and District Black Coalition
International Red Cross
For more information on the services provided by the YMCA of Windsor & Essex
County please visit their website at www.windsor.essex.ymca.ca
Skills Training of Windsor Inc.
WEST Inc. is the Women’s Enterprise Skills
Training of Windsor Inc also known as West of Windsor. WEST provides
programs and services for visible minority group women. They work
closely with immigrant women to provide training or further education
in order to improve their career opportunities. They also provide
Language Instruction for Newcomers to
Women’s Enterprise Skills
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Canada (LINC) and settlement services which includes
help with housing needs, refugee claims, social services and childcare.
For further information on the services provided visit their website
The Centre Afro-Canadian d'Échange Social provides
services to Francophone newcomers in Windsor. These services include
assistance in dealing with immigration, legal aid and social services.
The centre also presents workshops aimed at assisting immigrants
in their adaptation to life in Canada.
(Left picture: Urbain Ndondo Kangonzi, Pres.
Le Centre Afro Canadien d'Échange Social Photo Courtesy Windsor Public