Our vision

Every volunteer trying to help a refugee newcomer in Canada find the best job possible should have easy access to top quality information, leads, and advice.

Our service

Helping Newcomers Work is a digital hub that provides support to private sponsors and other volunteers, as they seek to help refugee newcomers find employment in Canada. We talk about where to begin, elements of an employment strategy, and how one might define “success”. Our posts not only identify issues and opportunities, but also provide information and suggestions about the job search process, types of work to consider, training programs, and upcoming opportunities.

Who we are

Helping Newcomers Work is a project of Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA), a non-profit, multi-service agency, based in Scarborough, Ontario.

ACSA addresses a variety of issues including systemic poverty, hunger, housing, homelessness, unemployment, accessibility and social isolation. Since 2010, ACSA has been operating a Newcomer’s Centre, which delivers a complete package of programs and services for over 5,000 newcomers per year. Its STAR Project focuses specifically on job training for refugee newcomers.

Our team

Before becoming a project of ACSA, the Helping Newcomers Work initiative was founded by two individuals, Jim Shenkman and Helga Breier. Each of them is involved in private sponsorship of refugee newcomers and continues to play an active role in this project through ACSA.

Our advisors

Isaac Fonseca

General Manager Employment Services, Caledonia location COSTI Immigrant Services

Anna Hill

Project Director Together Project

Aimee Holmes

Director of Services ACCES Employment

Marin Lehmann-Bender

Sponsorship Facilitator AURA (Anglican United Refugee Alliance)

Peter Lindsay

Chair of Outreach Etobicoke Network of Refugee Sponsors/Islington United Church Refugee Support Ministry

Jamillah Mananghaya-Poernama

Manager, Newcomers' Centre Agincourt Community Services Association

Kerith Paul

Senior Project Coordinator Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge

Tamara Sabarini

Manager of Development and Community Engagement Scadding Court Community Centre

Hani Tawil

Store Manager Adonis Scarborough

Stephen Watt

Settlement agency volunteer and private sponsor Community Matters