About the Council

In order to achieve our key objectives, a partnership council was established including a variety of community stakeholders from:

  • Employment & Trade
  • Community and Social Services
  • Education
  • Government
  • Service providers
  • Health care
  • Ethno-Cultural groups
  • Economic & Workforce boards

Members of the WE LIP Council plan their programs and services with a clear understanding of the needs of immigrants while valuing the contributions immigrants can provide to our region.

In addition to the membership, the Council welcomes the participation of resource persons such as funders or representatives of other agencies. They receive notification of meetings and events as well as minutes and/or reports produced by the WE LIP. The participation of the resource members provides opportunities to increase the awareness of the initiatives undertaken by the WE LIP and leverage these opportunities throughout Windsor and Essex County.

WE LIP Executive

The Executive Committee is a Standing Committee of the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership Council (WE LIP) comprised of council members from organizations with voting status.

Role of the WE LIP Executive

  • To provide strategic input as to the direction and activities of the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership as aligned with the deliverables and objectives as outlined in the IRCC Contribution Agreement;
  • To provide leadership within the WE LIP Council to promote and support WE LIP activities;
  • To provide a forum for discussion and/or the development of recommendations for the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership Council on issues related to newcomer integration in Windsor and Essex County; and
  • To act as the authority decision maker for emergency purposes when required or instructed by the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership Council.

Meet the WE LIP Executive

Chair: Charlotte LeFrank, Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society

Vice-Chair: Ronnie Haidar, University of Windsor

Member at Large: Dr. Riham Al-Saadi, University of Windsor

Member at Large: Marion Fantetti, Invest WindsorEssex

Member-at-Large: Yasmine Joheir, Conseil Scolaire Viamonde

Member at Large: Rama Musharbash-Kovacsi, Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board

The WE LIP Coordination Team

The Team works to facilitate the objectives of the Council by coordinating, providing organizational support and overseeing the development of a local settlement strategy and targeted action plan.

Project Manager: Stephen Lynn

Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships: Michelle Suchiu

WE LIP Project Lead: Monica Champagne

WE LIP Project Coordinator: Alanna Oddoye

WE LIP Project Assistant and Local Board Project Coordinator & Research Analyst: Safa Youness

2022-2023 WE LIP Terms of Reference

To view the 2022-2023 Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership Terms of Reference, please download a copy below.


WE LIP Annual Community Forum – 2022

Every year the Windsor Essex Local Immigration Partnership invites council members and community partners to an Annual Community Forum. This event provides opportunities for the council to shine a bright light on their collective accomplishments from the past year. This year’s Forum featured keynote speaker Jean Samuel, Former Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies, who spoke on the topic of Getting Ready to Get Ready for Equity Leadership in our Community.

This keynote focused on:

  • Emotional Intelligence for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Dismantling the fears of conscious leadership for equity
  • Centering on the right use of power
  • Asking the ‘right’ questions to arrive at equity in social services provision?

You can watch the WE LIP Annual Community Forum in its entirety below:

Council Meetings

Winter 2022 WE LIP Council Meeting:
Thank You Mary Ellen!

Thank you Mary Ellen Bernard for your years of hard work, guidance and support – and for making WE LIP what it is today.


Fall 2022 WE LIP Council Meeting


Spring 2022 WE LIP Council Meeting


Winter 2021 WE LIP Council Meeting