PRIDE SPEAKERS NIGHT: LGBTQ+ SETTLEMENT 101
This year’s Pride Speakers Night, in partnership with London Cross Cultural Learner Centre, will focus on the settlement services provided in our community for LGBTQ+ individuals.
Everyone welcome & encouraged to attend!
Register in advance by visiting the link below:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event!
More information about our speakers:
Joseph Jilitovich is currently employed as a Settlement Counsellor with the Orientation Services for Newcomers team at the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre. Joseph immigrated to Canada in 1994 and at that time, he commenced his employment in the settlement sector with LCCLC on a part-time basis and later advanced to a full-time position in 2002. His position enables him to advocate and provide information/orientation pertaining to issues concerning newcomer settlement. He also delivers anti-homophobia trainings within the newcomer population and ESL/LINC schools as well as provides LGBTQ+ awareness training in collaboration with other agencies who serve newcomers. Joseph has accomplished many things since emigrating to Canada. Some accomplishments include sitting on two advisory committees for both the Positive Spaces Initiative and Accessibility programs (both run by the Ontario Council of Agency Serving Immigrants, OCASI). During the round table events focusing on LGBTQ+ Refugee issues, Joseph took part in the Envisioning Global LGBTQ+ Human Rights project. Lastly, Joseph was nominated for the I Am London social media campaign in 2013 as a result of his inspiring story of his arrival and settlement in London, ON.
- have lived in Canada all my life
- worked with people with disabilities in Calgary for many years
- moved to London in 2011 and worked as an immigration consultant for 3 years
- began volunteering at CCLC in 2012, assisting people with various forms and applications
- also volunteering at CCLC with the LGBTQ Social Group and LGBTQ Refugee Support Group
- have participated in private sponsorships of two Syrian families, in both the application and resettlement process
My name is Ngozi, I am 43 years old. My professional background is in Project management and Administration, right now I run an online retail business. l have 2 beautiful teenage daughters . My journey in Canada started late 2018 when I arrived here seeking asylum from persecution for my sexuality at my home country Nigeria.
I came to London Ontario in January 2019, after spending a few months in Hamilton. In my search for connection to help settling in a new country and city as an LGBTQ2+ person I found CCLC online and I went to their office and got connected to Joseph who is in charge of LGBTQ2+ Newcomers at CCLC.