Pam DeWilde is the new Pickering Welcome Centre Manager!
Pam DeWilde first became involved with supporting newcomers to Durham Region through her involvement with the Inter-Church Immigrant Support Group. At that time she also contributed to the Local Diversity and Immigration Partnership Council as the Faith and Cultural Representative.
After working as an Employment Counsellor in Oshawa for three years with the Durham Region Unemployed Help Centre (DRUHC), she became immersed in the work on refugee sponsorship. Pam worked for World Renew, a national Sponsorship Agreement Holder, as a Program Associate assisting sponsorship groups, including groups from Durham Region, submitting refugee sponsorship applications and preparing for the arrival of newcomers from Syria and other areas of conflict and displacement.
Pam is pleased to rejoin DRUHC in a new role, as Welcome Centre Manager – Pickering. She is motivated by a strong desire to make Durham Region a welcoming and inclusive place for newcomers, their families and friends.
“Wherever I have lived and travelled overseas, I have experienced a tremendous outpouring of hospitality. I want to show that same generous spirit of welcome to newcomers to Canada, and in particular those coming to Durham Region.”