Carolyn Warkentin (she/her),
As SECC’s Executive Director, Carolyn Warkentin leads the agency with a passion for ensuring that we are providing the services that are needed in community, and in strategically planning for the future. Carolyn started at SECC in 1997, and aside from a few years away, has held a variety of titles within the organization. With her frontline experience, Carolyn is in tune with the clients we serve and the staff that serve them. She says, “I love seeing people achieve their goals, both clients and staff!”
Wondering what Carolyn does outside of work? Aside from her role at SECC, Carolyn spends her time volunteering at Thrift on Mill, UMEI Christian High School, Hogs for Hospice, and First Work. She also enjoys going for walks with friends, reading, and painting.
Debbie Daher (she/her),
Manager, Financial Resources
Debbie Daher started with SECC part-time in 1995 which led her to take on countless positions within the agency. She began as Manager, Financial Resources in 2005.
When asked what her favourite part about SECC is, here’s what Debbie had to say: “I have always loved delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors. We might be the only person that senior sees that day, so I always bring my positivity, friendly smile, and a warm ‘Hello’ to the delivery. I want to bring a smile to their face and let them know that SECC cares about them and their well-being.”
Jennifer Moore (she/her),
Manager, Human Resources
In 2008, Jennifer Moore joined the staff at SECC, and worked as a Job Developer and an Employment Consultant before her current role as Manager, Human Resources. “My favourite part of working at SECC is our Mission Statement, “Helping people. Improving lives.” I like knowing that we are helping people in the community and making a difference in their lives.”
Jen doesn’t work directly with clients in her role, but she is passionate about the SPARK Program and seeing the positive impact SECC’s Children & Youth programming has on kids in our community. In her free time, Jen loves to read, watch movies, and travel!
Stephen Gard (he/him),
Manager, Programs and Development
Since starting in 2012, Stephen has held many positions at SECC – Employment Consultant, Welcoming Communities Worker, Job Developer, Summer Job Services Coordinator, and Volunteer & Community Relations Program Leader. These positions have led him to his current role as Manager, Programs & Development.
Stephen oversees all programs and development at SECC. He loves that we are community centred and that drives all of the services and programs offered. Wondering what his favourite project at SECC is? Stephen loves the Income Tax Clinic. “Once you start doing taxes, you get hooked!” In his free time, you’ll find Stephen cooking!
Abby Neufeld Dick (she/her),
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Abby joined SECC in 2020 as the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She is passionate about non-profit marketing and ensuring that the community is aware of the various services SECC offers.
When asked what her favourite part about working at SECC is, Abby says, “It is a privilege to work at such a mission driven agency. Every decision made and every service or program offered is done to ensure clients are being served in the way that will help them most.” In her free time, Abby enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and taking photos.
SECC’s Career Hub staff have a combined total of 135 years working in the field of employment and training. They collectively have helped countless individuals find and retain meaningful work in a variety of different fields. They are passionate about getting to know you and learn more about your dreams and motivations as it pertains to finding a job you are excited to go to everyday! From April 2020-March 2021, Career Hub helped 185 individuals find employment! Employment Consultant Najet shares, “My favourite part about working at SECC is the collaboration amongst our programs to assist clients. We offer so many unique services.”
SECC’s Career Hub also provides services for Employers. Job Coach Darin says, “We have a team approach to serving our clients to ensure the best care for each of you!”
Milka Pieper (she/her),
Career Hub Department Coordinator
Milka joined SECC in 2016 in our Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) after 10 years of owning her own daycare. She has worked in CNC, as a Settlement Worker, and has been in the Career Hub since July 2020.
“It is such a joy to give back to our clients and help out in the community in any way we can,” shared Milka. She oversees the Career Hub services for Job Seekers and Employers, as well as Language Services. She works closely with her staff to ensure clients are equipped to handle situations that come their way!
In her free time, Milka volunteers at her children’s schools, spends time with her family and friends, and enjoys traveling!
Mark Wybenga (he/him),
Community Services Department Coordinator
Mark Wybenga began at SECC in 1998. He has held various roles, and is currently the Community Services Department Coordinator. Mark oversees Community Services, Children & Youth Services, and Settlement Services.
“I started in Community Home Support Services’ Meals on Wheels program helping seniors access nutritious food that helped them to live independently at home as long as possible, so my passion lies in doing anything we can do to help make the lives of our elders as comfortable as possible. They’ve contributed to much to build and sustain our community that we owe them respect and to help them age in place gracefully.”
Children & Youth Services
Vicki Noland (she/her), Program Leader
SECC’s Children & Youth Services Staff has a combined total of 100 years working with children and youth. They are passionate about developing the skills of participants in their Care for Newcomer Children, SPARK, and Youth programs. “I love to see that the children are happy and fulfilled with the activities we are sending to them both virtually and at their doorsteps.” said Youth Worker Jami-Lee.
Vicki says, “It is so special to see the joy and excitement on the children’s faces. With our programming we are able to give children experiences they may not have had otherwise, and that fills my heart.”
Rachelle Ligotino (she/her), Program Leader
Community Services staff have over 160 years of combined experience in helping seniors and persons with disabilities. Programs include Meals on Wheels, Transit Services, Adult Day Program (in person and virtually), and Security Check and Friendly Visitation. Program Leader Rachelle says, “I am most passionate about helping local seniors feel connected with one another and with local programs and services, and about ensuring that they have the help they need in their day-to-day lives to remain independent, healthy, and happy.”
One of our Transit Drivers, Cass shares, “My favourite part of working at SECC is the one-on-one time with passengers. I love listening to their stories and helping them through the transitions of life while helping them remain independent.”
Staff speak French, Portuguese, Spanish, and American Sign Language.
Laura Fanjoy, Program Leader
Settlement Services Staff have 65 years of experience in this area of work. One Settlement Worker says “I am passionate about fulfilling the needs of my clients and helping them overcome challenges, motivate them to lead a better life, and move forward.” Our Settlement Services team is dedicated to providing support to Newcomers to help them in developing skills that are required to function in Canadian society. They work closely with our Language Services and Career Hub to ensure a wholesome approach to service.
Settlement Workers speak Arabic, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, French, and Burmese.
Barry Rivard (he/him), Program Leader
Language Services staff have over 50 years of experience teaching and working with students to reach their potential. They are dedicated to making learning fun and interactive for their students. Program Leader Barry Rivard shares, “I am passionate about learning, training, and developing others.”
Language Instructor Carrie shares, “I love working with Newcomers to Canada. The team of people who work together at SECC to support this group of people is amazing.” SECC takes a collaborative approach and Language Services works closely with other programs to provide a holistic service approach to clients.