Newcomer Centre of Peel (NCP) is a multi-service charitable non-profit organization that assists the entire newcomer family in achieving settlement and integration within the Region of Peel. With experience and expertise in English language training; employability and business start-up and comprehensive settlement services including programs for women, youth, children, adults and seniors; NCP offers culturally diverse and proactive results, addressing the needs of the newcomer population. Through innovation, we leverage the broad experience of our staff and community partners to overcome settlement barriers.
We strive for equal access to opportunities, enabling immigrants to connect to the enduring values and principles of what defines Canada. We encourage quality of services to newcomers by providing a variety of holistic programs in a professional and culturally sensitive atmosphere. Our vision is to continue to evolve together as a community.
Our Core Values
Our Mission Statement
We are dedicated to… …touching the lives of people by providing quality, customized and innovative settlement services in a safe, confidential and respectful environment.
Meet Our Executive Director
Effat Ghassemi, Executive Director
Effat Ghassemi has been a tireless advocate for successful resettlement and integration of newcomers to Canada. Through her work, Effat has been involved with the immigrant and refugee communities since 1989. Her professional career has been dedicated on advancing opportunities and sense of belonging for Canadian citizens and newcomers to Canada. She established herself as one of community leader’s activist on social justice, inclusion and mental well-being of new arrivals to Canada. Effat has demonstrated determination and passion towards building a welcoming community in Mississauga (Region of Peel). In her current role as founding Executive Director of the Newcomer Centre of Peel for the past two decades, she is dedicated to building a community of diverse leaders who see prosperity in immigration. In addition, Effat played a lead role locally, nationally and internationally to promote the integration and inclusion of immigrants into the workforce and the global community. Her community work has touched thousands of newcomer families upon their arrival by providing guidance and support to gain employment, business start-up, continuing education, positive parenting, youth leadership and network building as well as other settlement issues. She is a vigorous advocate for gender equality and racial harmony. Her efforts have been directed towards increasing social inclusion and innovation as means to sustaining vital services in the community. She is well known for serving on many advisory committees for different causes, for example, board of director of Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI), chair of the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (Central Planning Table), member of Mississauga Summit Tasks Force and chair of the Executive Council of Peel and Halton. She is a motivational speaker, mentor and role model to her peers and immigrant communities. She holds a Master Degree and PhD in Immigration, and Mental Health.
Meet Our Board of Directors