35 Years of Memories


Tehreem- November 29, 2023 6:47 pm/ Wishing you all the best on your move and an exciting start at your new location. YWCA Hamilton is looking forward to continuing our collaboration and partnership on existing and any upcoming endeavours with IWC and its wonderful team.

A Look Back at...

Eman- November 28, 2023 10:43 am/ A Look Back at My Time with the Immigrants Working Centre As we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Immigrants Working Centre, I reflect on the impactful journey I've had over the past 7 years with this organization, recalling the memorable moments, experiences, and heartfelt wishes. One memory that stands out is the invaluable learning experience I had from Ines Rios, the past Executive Director of the Immigrants Working Centre. Ines's creativity, passion for supporting newcomers, and dedication to the betterment of the community were truly amazing. Her leadership and humility were inspiring, being a leader with both qualities is no easy feat. Memories with Clients: The most rewarding part of my time at the Immigrants Working Centre was witnessing the positive changes our services brought to our clients' lives. Helping Immigrants and newcomers skilled tradespeople navigate trade equivalency assessments and secure their trade licenses was not just a job; it was a celebration of human potential and the realization of dreams, and we can wittiness to many success stories. Through my various roles, from employment counsellor to Coordinator and Manager, I had the unique opportunity to develop and implement programs that were directly aligned with the evolving needs of our diverse clientele. This engagement allowed me to deeply understand their challenges, aspirations, and the transformative impact our programs had on their professional journeys. Experiences with Staff: It was a privilege working with dedicated and passionate staff, who were committed to excellence. Each member brought unique qualities and valuable experience, fostering an environment that encouraged personal and professional growth. The Immigrants Working Centre became more than an organization; it became a family. Community Connections: Building relationships within the community was fundamental to IWC's success. In my previous role as the Manager of Industry Relations, I was able to make connections with local businesses, industry leaders, and service providers. The relationships formed with service providers were amazing. Collaborating with various agencies and collectively supporting newcomers and immigrants strengthened the fabric of the community. These connections went beyond professional collaborations; they were bonds reflecting the true spirit of unity and inclusivity. Stakeholder Engagement: The network of stakeholders played a vital role in advancing the Immigrants Working Centre's mission. Collaborating with stakeholders extended the reach, amplified the impact, and facilitated lasting change. Through these partnerships, the Immigrants Working Centre continues to build a networked community, where collective efforts magnify the positive influence IWC can have on the lives they touch. The Immigrants Working Centre's legacy isn't just in the years behind but in the countless stories of resilience, empowerment, and success that continue to create together. Here's to 35 years of making a difference and to the promising years ahead, filled with growth, collaboration, and positive change.

Amazing celebration...

Phoebe- December 1, 2023 5:37 pm/ Amazing celebration Wonderful memories seeing our precious director Ines Rioss and great history for IWC Effective social gathering and networking.

Students' Graduations

Maria- November 28, 2023 11:49 am/ The potlucks celebrating the students' graduations were amazing. I remember tables with food from around the world, and everyone, from students to staff, were interested in sharing and hearing the stories behind those dishes. It was really a good time!

13 International Marketplace

Alinamaria- November 28, 2023 1:00 pm / I was part of thirteen International Marketplaces. From shea butter to chai tea, butter chicken to lentil soup, Sima's pink tea to handmade crafts, each marketplace was a unique adventure. Every year, we joked about it being the current one, possibly the last one. However, the anticipation for the next year's creative ideas kept us excited and ready for another round. The marketplace not only displayed our diversity but also embodied IWC’s spirit, one that embraces new and exciting concepts without fear. Another one of those unforgettable memories, our visits to the convent. We joined the sisters in their celebrations, making it a tradition where we’d spread holiday wishes through songs, laughter, and rocking Santa’s hat. It was like a recipe with all the right ingredients; family vibes, teamwork, and support, that creates that camaraderie that defines IWC.

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