Executive Director’s Message


September might be the most wonderful time of the year. The scorching, summer weather has cooled down; kids are back in school; there’s a heightened sense of new beginnings on the horizon. It’s also why we decided the timing was right to launch our first-ever WWCC-wide newsletter, The Contributor.

This issue is about how we’re empowering parents to advocate for their children’s education and future, and our partnership in that investment. Through WWCC programming, we recognize that quality of life for the communities we serve is tied to improving the opportunities that are available and the ways to access them. When parents become advocates, we see better outcomes for their children.

For this reason, we developed programs such as:

  • On Your Mark, our signature mentoring/tutoring program that was launched in 2003 to respond to the startling drop-out rate of Portuguese and Spanish-speaking heritage students.
  • our HIPPY program that provides mothers of newcomer families and young mothers under 29 with the tools and support to play a key role in their children’s transition into Canadian school life.
  • the Latinx Parents for Change Project that offers training to Latinx parents with children in elementary school to help them navigate the Toronto school system and increase their parental involvement.

We’re also buzzing with excitement about the impressive debut of our Career Pathways Project with Seneca College. Over 75 percent of the immigrant women who participated have graduated from the program and some continued their college studies at Seneca this month.

So, with the new school year in mind, and the feeling that anything is possible when we continue to support each other and work together, I invite you to read more about our ongoing contributions to the community.

Thank you.
Marcie Ponte, Executive Director, Working Women Community Centre