About WE Value Project

Envisioning how WE succeed together

The WE Value project is a community-driven initiative. Combining innovative service delivery with technology, the strategy will enhance the outcomes of new immigrants and generate resources that assist stakeholders to build a stronger Windsor Essex.

Founded on the principles of discovery, coordination and the capacities of immigrants, the WE Value project will leverage community strengths and identify approaches to address current challenges and contribute to a brighter future for all.



  • For new immigrants, WE Value will facilitate the process of envisioning, formulating and achieving a unique pathway to their full citizenship potential.
  • For community organizations and stakeholders, WE Value will provide resources that will deepen evidence-based approaches to serving new immigrants resulting in positive community impact.
  • For employers, WE Value will provide reliable data on the skills, knowledge and opportunities new immigrants to the region offer, along with a framework and network of support.
  • For the Windsor-Essex region, WE Value will emerge as a national model for communities seeking to deepen a culture of inclusivity and collaboration in a way that benefits new immigrants and Canadian born residents alike.



  • YMCA of Western Ontario’s (YWO) Newcomer Services, as the recipient of the funding, is the lead organization and will provide strategic leadership and direct client service delivery.
  • Dr. Reza Nakhaie, Professor of Sociology, University of Windsor will conduct project-specific research and provide professional expertise in data analysis, methodology and report writing.
  • Workforce WindsorEssex will provide leadership and coordination in community engagement, partnership development, data collection and resource development.
  • TECHSHARE, a London Ontario based software solution company will develop an extensible settlement & community tailored technology platform.





Hugo Vega
Regional Manager of Settlement & Integration | WE Value Project Lead & Primary Contact
YMCA of Southwestern Ontario

Matthew Dunlop
WE Value Project Manager
YMCA of Southwestern Ontario

Kelsey Santarossa
WE Value Community Engagement Coordinator
Workforce WindsorEssex
226-674-3220 ext. 853

Michelle Suchiu
Executive Director
Workforce WindsorEssex
226-674-3220 ext. 851