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WE Value Partnership

Settlement Success. Together.

The WE Value Partnership is a community-driven initiative that focuses on newcomer success. This initiative began as a project funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Service Delivery Improvement (SDI) Fund, and is lead by The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario.

WE Value delivers a holistic and capacity focused assessment that looks to capture and leverage the assets and skills of newcomers to Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent in an effort to connect them with organizations, institutions and opportunities that best meet their needs and goals. Ultimately, WE Value connects immigrants to the community and the community to them, to ensure that the talents of newcomers can be realized more quickly and more fully by the community, all while capturing key data to help service providers improve and inform program development.

Through the first round of SDI funding, the YMCA worked with the University of Windsor and Workforce WindsorEssex to plan, develop, implement and test the settlement assessment and new client management system in Southwestern Ontario. Moving forward, the team will continue to build on the existing K2 Pathway to Settlement System, and will engage new partners and sectors to ensure referrals and services continue beyond the region.

To learn more about the Partnership and it’s milestones as an SDI project, visit the WE Value Timeline Tool.

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Benefits of the WE Value Partnership and Settlement Assessment:

  • For newcomers: WE Value means less confusion, more confidence and increased self worth through streamlined experiences and fruitful community connections and a customized settlement plan. It will also lead to more opportunities to use assets, skills, talents and gifts while adjusting to a happy, safe, confident life as community members.
  • For community influencers and stakeholders: WE Value will allow access to assets, skills, talents and gifts of newcomers provide resources that will deepen evidence-based approaches to serving new immigrants resulting in positive community impact.
  • For service providers: WE Value means the coming together to streamline processes and enhance experiences, all toward greater integration, welcoming communities and the success of newcomers.
  • 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. It will mean understanding the value of welcoming immigrants and an abundance of opportunity for all by helping newcomers to realize their potential locally.


Matthew Dunlop
WE Value Program Manager & Main Contact
YMCA of Southwestern Ontario
(519) 982-5625 (textable)

Michelle Suchiu
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Workforce WindsorEssex
226-674-3220 ext. 851

Kelsey Santarossa
Manager of Project and Community Development
Workforce WindsorEssex
226-674-3220 ext. 853

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