The familiar refrain of light’s, camera and action will be echoing across the region thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
On Friday (Jan. 9), representatives from the organization and London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews were on hand at Covent Garden Market to announce a grant of $96,1000 to the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board.
Working in conjunction with the local immigration partnerships in Elgin/St. Thomas, London/Middlesex and Oxford as well as Rogers TV in London, Middlesex, St. Thomas and Woodstock, the money is being used to create a series of television shows aimed to highlight the various services available for new immigrants to the area and opportunities in employment.
Mirroring a similar pilot project run last year called We Are London, there will be six shows created for each area and tailored to reflect those particular communities said Workforce Planning and Development executive director, Deb Mountenay.
“The information on services, that will vary. They may be looking at what’s available from settlement services, it might be what’s available in employment, what educational pieces are available within the local community. It does take a look at all the different aspects that are important to new people moving to the area.”
Each series will also feature a cooking segment, which was very popular in the pilot project, focusing on a particular type of food from that that community added Mountenay.
Making the presentation on behalf of OTF was London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews. She noted that as exciting as the project is for making the area more accessible to immigrants who might be coming here, it also opens up opportunities for people who already live in the area to better understand what immigrant communities are already with us.
Matthews pointed out that while the government funds Trillium to the tune of $120 million per year, it is OTF that makes the decisions what projects to fund. “They are so important because they can fund projects like this where there really isn’t any government funding available.”