How can we empower newcomers to hold visible leadership position in our community

Who came?

  • Belka Truong; Janet Scott; Bernie Leblanc; Li song; Mohammed Yessaad; Erica Cantu


  • How do we recognize & encourage leadership potential?

  • How do we access newcomers talent that exists in our community?

  • How do we connect with people who are interested?

  • How can we empower newcomers to be leaders?

Notes & Ideas

  • Volunteer opportunities

  • Encourage networking opportunities

  • People aren’t applying for board positions

  • Not a lot of diversity on boards

  • Immigrants don’t know hot to demonstrate their talent

  • Could send the posting of a board position to settlement serving agencies

  • Afraid to apply or may not understand that they are eligible for a position

  • Locals don’t understand\believe in the skills\experiences of newcomers

  • Need to educate Canadians so they can be more confident in their skills *newcomers

  • Need opportunity to prove yourself

  • Need to trust immigrants

  • Baby steps

  • Newcomers think thank helping communities make decisions

  • Recruit newcomers for volunteer opportunities


  • Add a newcomer category recognition events ex. Chamber of commerce business awards, community leadership awards etc.

  • Leadership mentorship opportunities

  • Encourage organizations to hold an open house to explain the role of being a board member and invite newcomer leaders

  • Create and newcomer think tank to advise city council

Take away

  • Newcomer leadership will help in retaining people & influence change

Project lead: Janet Scott