OMSSA Lunch and Learn

OMSSA is pleased to provide sponsored Lunch and Learn opportunities for Non-Members and staff of Member organizations. 

These free Lunch and Learns provide opportunities for organizations (inside and outside of human services) to speak with Non-Members and Members about the products and services they provide in a webinar format. These webinars will be hosted by the Association. 

Our next Lunch and Learn is coming up on April 10th, and more information can be found below. As OMSSA hosts additional Lunch and Learn webinars we will share this information later in the year. 

There is no cost to attend this webinar, but registration is required. Please click on the registration link associated with each webinar to complete the process. Please note: Speakers and sessions are subject to change. Members who have questions can contact OMSSA at

Let's start a conversation about how we can introduce your organization to OMSSA Members:

If your organization is interested in hosting a Lunch and Learn, please contact OMSSA at

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April 10, 2024

12:00PM to 1:00PM

Registration is closed.

Unlocking Opportunities: Facilitating newcomer and refugee integration through evaluating credentials

With demographic shifts, increasing immigration, and an evolving economic landscape, our cities are changing. As newcomers arrive in our municipalities, they bring with them unique perspectives, skills, and cultural richness. However, there are significant challenges in the economic and social integration of these newcomers into our communities.

Join World Education Services (WES) to discover the crucial role Ontario’s social service providers can play in empowering newcomers, including refugees, to thrive in Canada.

For 50 years, WES has set the standard for assessing academic credentials from over 48,000 institutions across 203 countries and territories worldwide. For those who have faced displacement due to adverse circumstances in their home countries and consequently possess limited proof of academic achievements, WES offers an alternative through the WES Gateway Program.

This session aims to delve into the significance of evaluating credentials and explores how we can work collaboratively across sectors to support newcomers, particularly forcibly displaced people, in building a successful future in their new home country.


  • Shamira Madhany: Managing Director, Canada, and Deputy Executive Director of WES
  • Beatrice Kohlenberg: Associate Director, Program Delivery and Integration, Global Talent Bridge, WES Canada
  • Deborah Childs, Director, Strategic Partnerships, WCG Services


Previous Lunch and Learns

REI Systems: Region of Peel GovGrants Implementation (October 5, 2022)