Young Patrons Council

Formed January 2013, the Young Patrons Council consists of a small yet dynamic group of women in their 20’s to early 40’s who support Working Women Community Centre’s mission to provide immigrant women and their families with opportunities to improve the quality of their lives through self-development and community action. With immigration becoming ever more important for Toronto’s future prosperity, Working Women continues to play a vital role in the city’s business, civic and cultural evolution.

The YPC ‘s objective is to raise awareness among young professionals of the important difference that Working Women makes to our city. By helping to build the Centre’s profile, the Young Patrons Council hopes to help secure the agency’s ability to empower immigrant women for many decades to come.

Working Women is proud to present its first Young Patrons Council:


 

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Kathryn Dubois

Young Patron and working woman
Kathryn DuBois has over five years of experience working in labour relations and human resources for the Ontario Public Service. Kathryn is passionate about immigration and community development. She has been a member of Working Women Community Centre’s Board since 2009. Kathryn studied at Queen’s University where she received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology and a Masters in Industrial Relations.

What I hope to accomplish through the Young Patrons Council
Through the Young Patron’s Council I hope to join a movement of next-generation leaders who are interested in raising awareness of the challenges newcomers face. By coming together for this common cause, I hope we will build a broader community of support for WWCC in the Toronto area.

 


 

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Gabriela Gonzalez

Young Patron and working woman
I recently completed a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs at York University. I currently work for the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Agriculture and Food. Having immigrated to Canada in my teen years, I know firsthand the challenges that newcomers face. Through Working Women I want to help empower girls, women and their families to achieve their fullest potential.

What I hope to accomplish through the Young Patrons Council
The most important way that YPC can help is by raising the profile of the Centre and increasing its supporter base. This will ultimately allow the agency to help more women and their families through increased programming, building on more than three decades of excellent community work and setting the terms for an even brighter future.

The Council not only helps clients of the Centre, but the Patrons as well. The younger generations, just like their more established counterparts, need diverse ways to meaningfully contribute to society. In these leadership positions, we have the opportunity to grow as individuals while making a lasting and positive contribution to the lives of people in need.

 


 

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Diana Maciel Oliviera

Young Patron and working woman
I am a lawyer at Rachlin and Wolfson LLP. I practise insurance defence. I completed my law degree at the University of Ottawa and completed my undergraduate degree in Public Policy and Administration through the Political Science department at York University.

I have always been active in my community and believe that Working Women is a wonderful organization I am proud to support.


Why I support Working Women

I came to this country when I was very young. I saw my family struggle. They were new immigrants in a country they did not know, surrounded by people that spoke a language they could not communicate in. They suffered hardships, as do most immigrants, and it was people like the people who work and volunteer at Working Women that helped keep their hopes alive. My involvement with Working Women’s is my way to give back.

 


 

 

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Margaret Radon

Young Patron and working woman
Margaret Radon graduated from the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and History, specializing in Canadian & European Political History. She is currently the Operations Coordinator at a Market Research agency which utilizes emotional measuring techniques to understand the subconscious decision making people make in their everyday lives. Her passion is social justice and civic engagement and she actively volunteers her time on many political campaigns.

What I hope to accomplish through the Young Patrons Council
I came to Canada in 1992 from Poland with my family and watched my mother struggle as she learned to acclimatize to a new way of life: job searching, navigating through governmental services and programs, and developing new, meaningful relationships with people. The WWCC aims to reduce that stress for immigrant women and I am very proud to be able to work with such a fantastic organization which tackles issues I saw firsthand as a young child.

 


 

 

Angela Staughton

Young Patron and working woman
Angela Staughton has more than twelve years’ experience working in private corporations and the public sector. She has been involved in volunteer and humanitarian aid work alongside her parents from a young age and has lived and volunteered in India, Slovenia, Hungary, Mexico, the United States and Canada. Angela has an undergraduate degree from Concordia University and a graduate degree from Queen’s University. She moved to Toronto in 2012 and loves the diversity and multiculturalism of the city.

Why I support Working Women
I have always been passionate about a woman’s ability to make lasting changes in her community. The Working Women Community Centre creates an environment where these changes are made possible for so many women new to Canada. For this reason, I’m excited to be a part of the Young Patrons Council where working women come together to promote this wonderful organization.

 


 

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Sarah Thom

Young Patron and working woman
I currently work for the Ontario Public Service, where I have over four years of experience working in labour relations and human resources for a variety of ministries. I completed my Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and a Master of Industrial Relations at Queen’s University. I have looked for various ways to participate in my community from a young age, especially in the areas of education and community development.

Why I support Working Women
I support Working Women through the YPC because I want to raise awareness of the important work the organization is doing to help increase its level of support from different areas within the community. I also want to introduce young women to the organization so they can develop new skills and connections while benefitting Working Women through their energy, drive and talents.

 


 

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Jeannie Weese

Young Patron and working woman
I completed a degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa and currently work for a law firm that practises insurance defence. I enjoy taking night classes to further my education and have certificates in a variety of disciplines.
Why I support Working Women
I have always wanted to get involved in a grass-roots organization that helps women. When I heard about the great work that the WWCC does, I knew I could use my communication skills to help immigrant women integrate more quickly into the workplace. I’m really looking forward to making a difference.