Ron Pauls, Success Resource London
Janette Butler, LEADS Employment Services
Bonnie Williams, Canadian Mental Health Association
Sheila Carson, Thames Valley District School Board
Heather Barclay, Family Services London
Wendy Sharpe, Community Care Access Centre
Networking for an Inclusive Community (NIC) was conceived at a stakeholders meeting hosted by Success Resources London in May 2000. At that time, the immigrant community was estimated to be roughly 20% of London’s population. Diane Cunningham, Minister of Education at the time, was the first featured speaker for 40 people from 20 agencies. That opportunity and need to network around services for immigrants and refugees, lead a group of Londoners to start NIC. NIC was started so that more professionals and service providers could learn about immigrants, their issues and local services for newcomers.
NIC has a history of being an interagency/volunteer based grass roots organization.
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It was great learning. I had a couple of moments that had the “light bulb” come on about certain situations I had in the past.