monica-valencia-2015Fall is a time for new beginnings, and with that in mind, PCYI has two staff announcements to share.

We’re excited to announce that Monica Valencia has joined PCYI in the role of Success By 6 Manager, so please join us in giving Monica a warm, PCYI welcome. You can follow her on Twitter @MValencia_SB6

Monica’s work with children aged 0-6 is vast and varied, and we are looking forward to seeing her apply this incredible skill set at PCYI. She has on-the-ground experience working as a teacher and researcher, during which time she conducted a study with newcomer children in Peel to learn about their settlement experiences by giving them an opportunity to share their stories. This study was featured in The Toronto Star and was published in a book called Imaginative Inquiry: Innovative Approaches to Interdisciplinary Research. She has also worked as a consultant for CMAS, a non-profit organization that monitors and supports child care programs for children of newcomer parents. In previous roles she acted as a Knowledge Exchange Officer at the Centre of Excellence For Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) at York University, and as Project Lead for the Regional Diversity Roundtable

Monica developed her strong project management and stakeholder engagement skills by leading and facilitating Peel’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter initiative, where she engaged stakeholders by organizing focus groups and community consultations in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Monica is trilingual, holds a BA in Journalism, a Master’s Degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies, and most importantly, is passionate about the well-being of children in Peel. She looks forward to working with our partners in the Region of Peel in her new role as Success By 6 Manager.

And for our second announcement, PCYI would like to bid a fond farewell to Cris Renna, Community Planner. Cris will be moving on to work with the City of Toronto as a Policy Development Officer. She will be missed here at PCYI, and we wish her the best of luck in her new role! Stay tuned for our announcement of PCYI’s new Community Planner in the coming weeks.

Comings & Goings at PCYI: Welcome Monica Valencia & Good Luck Cris Renna
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