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.
Please ensure that you bring proper identification(PR card, landing papers, citizenship cards) upon your initial visit to our centre.
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
ESTHER U OKEKE - VICE CHAIR
Esther is a lawyer and originally from Nigeria. She has attended the Enhanced Language Training Program (ELT) at NCP and has also volunteered with NCP in the past. Esther is presently practicing law in the GTA.
NATE FUKS PhD, MBA, MSc - TREASURER
Dr. Nate Fuks is the founder and chairman of Pride Psychotherapy Team and a private practice psychologist at the Argyle Institute of Human Relations in Montreal, specializing in working with LGBTQ people, immigrants, refugees, and ethnic minorities. Prior to joining the Argyle, Nate pursued an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and has established himself in a number of challenging and evolving leadership roles, in both the public and private sector. He offers service to clients in four languages, and during his career was involved in a variety of international and multi-cultural ventures. Nate’s industry observations and experiences raised his awareness of the importance of newcomer and minority integration, and inspired his interest and ongoing involvement in both research, as well as community initiatives pertinent to these issues. As a result, Nate has completed his PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. After graduating, Nate continued as a course lecturer at McGill; his research these days revolves mostly around identities and mental health of LGBTQ immigrants and refugees.
SATISH PATHAK – BOARD MEMBER
Satish has been involved with immigration settlement for over two decades. He specializes in employment trends and labour adjustments and is actively involved in the community. His vast experience and skill has earned him numerous awards and recognition over the years, including an award for community services from the Governor-General of Canada.
DAVID FISHER - BOARD MEMBER
David is a senior facilitator and performance consultant with 20 years experience developing customized learning solutions for major North American corporations. His work, spanning a wide range of industries and subject matter, has received several prestigious awards including the 2008 Award of Excellence through the International Society for Performance Improvement.
JIE (JAMES) ZHANG - BOARD MEMBER
James Zhang has been the RBC Branch Manager, including Cooksville Branch in Mississauga since 2010. He is actively engaged in community events, sharing his knowledge with organizations such as, Newcomer Centre of Peel, Chinese Association of Mississauga, Mississauga Chinese Business Association, Victoria College and University of Toronto. Mr. Zhang strives to give back to his local community as a valued board member of NCP, bringing his professional experience from China and Canada to this organization.
YOUNG D LEE - BOARD MEMBER
Young is a real estate lawyer with Lee & Ma LLP. His practice focuses on acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, residential and commercial properties, financings for both borrower and lenders, leasing for landlords and tenants of office, retail and industrial premises. A native of South Korea, Young speaks fluent Korean. Young is a graduate of University of Toronto Faculty of Law (J.D. 2005) and of University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 2002, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Bea Kappa).
CHARLIE X.T. MA, J.D. - BOARD MEMBER
Charlie is a lawyer and founding partner of Lee & Ma LLP. He focuses on residential and commercial real estate purchases and sales, financing and leasing. Charlie received his B.Sc with honours from the University of Waterloo and J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.