Immigrant Services - Guelph Wellington is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Executive Director, Sandra Cocco
Sandra brings to the agency a long history of serving both the nonprofit and public sectors. She began her career working for the John Howard Society of Waterloo Wellington where she oversaw the delivery of employment and education pathway programs for high risk youth. The opportunity to help youth remove barriers to employment led her to a 17 year career at Conestoga College where she managed Employer Relations for the Co-op and Career Services Department. During her employment at Conestoga College, Sandra enjoyed collaborating with the business community to create meaningful employment opportunities and training programs for post-secondary students and graduates. Most recently, Sandra worked for Habitat for Humanity Brant as the Executive Director. The linkage between education, employment and housing inspired Sandra to join the ISGW team as she considers all three elements to play an integral role in delivering effective newcomers’ services. Sandra holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and continues to exercise her zest for teaching and learning as a part time faculty member at Conestoga College.
She is passionate about helping people access education / training, employment and housing. “Communities flourish when people can overcome barriers in order to achieve commonly shared dreams”. The ability to secure a safe and prosperous life in Canada involves tapping into services provided by IS – GW and other local community agencies. Together communities can work together to make the transition easier. Sandra is excited to join the dedicated IS – GW team. She is looking forward to building capacity in order to enhance and expand our services.