From Policy to Practice: Local Solutions to Ensuring a Welcoming Community
On March 27, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) will host close to 300 participants at Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn Plus, 591 Wellington Road, to discuss issues impacting immigrants in our community.
Highlights of the day will include:
- Dr. Amit Chakma, President, Western University (9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.) and Wendy Curtis, Director of International Services Office, Fanshawe College (10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.) will speak on welcoming international students in our community;
- Dr. Pauline Duke, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University, St. John’s (1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) will join local leaders to showcase best practices in health care for immigrants;
- Sue Haber, Immigration Officer, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (8:45 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.) will discuss new policy changes on immigration;
- Peer mentors (11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.) will share their journeys to employment; and,
- The LMLIP will celebrate the work accomplished in our community since its inception in 2009.
The London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) is a collaborative community initiative. LMLIP is one of close to thirty five Local Immigration Partnerships across Ontario funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and supported by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).
The purpose of LMLIP is to strengthen the role of our community in serving and integrating immigrants. The project provides a collaborative framework for, and facilitates the development and implementation of, sustainable local solutions for the successful integration of immigrants.
"The Local Immigration Partnership is an important part of our community's proud history of responding to the need, and creating and delivering relevant services for immigrants who choose London as their new home," says LMLIP co-chair Elisabeth White, Manager of Employment & Strategic Initiatives, City of London. "Our community strives to provide the best possible experience for all citizens, and this partnership enhances existing partnerships, strengthens strategic approaches and develops supports to reinforce the rich fabric of our community."
“Meeting the needs of newcomers to our community is a key part of being a welcoming, vibrant community,” says LMLIP co-chair Kelly McManus, Director, Community Partnerships & Investment, United Way London & Middlesex. “As a community, it is important that we understand how federal policies and the practices of our community partners impact the health, education and employment opportunities of immigrants who have chosen to make London and Middlesex their home.”