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Winkler, Manitoba, Executive Director, South Central Immigrant Services

Laurie Sawatzky is the Executive Director of South Central Immigrant Services (SCIS) in the City of Winkler located in Southern Manitoba.  Regional in scope, the project has expanded services to include the City of Morden and the Town of Altona and the surrounding rural municipalities. Settlement support services and employment services are provided to new arrivals and includes ongoing support to the existing immigrant population. Laurie has over 10 years of experience in the settlement sector.

Laurie serves as vice-president of the Manitoba Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Sector Association (MIRSSA) and is also the co-chair of the MIRSSA Professionalization Committee.  MIRSSA has a province-wide membership of not-for-profit organizations that welcome newcomers and help them settle and integrate successfully.