Who We Are

African Community Services (ACS) is a registered not-for-profit community-based charitable agency that provides newcomer settlement services to the Black/African community in Peel and the surrounding areas. Established in 1993, ACS has developed extensive experience and capacity to provide effective, confidential, and culturally relevant programs that serve the settlement and integration needs of newcomers, immigrants, refugees, women, youth, seniors, and children from the black/African community. Agency programs include newcomer settlement programs, youth development programs, programs for women, children, and families, seniors’ support programs, community wellness, and development program, and volunteer development programs. 


The agency acknowledges the financial support of United Way of Toronto, Peel/York, provincial and federal governments, the Region of Peel as well as in-kind and financial contributions from local donors, volunteers, and community members. The agency has established meaningful partnerships and collaborative relationships with other service providers in Peel for joint service planning, knowledge transfer, mutual support, and information exchange, and works with other stakeholders to respond to emerging service needs. The goal is to advance opportunities for continuous improvement and collaboration with local area networking partners and service integration. ACS is committed to leveraging the broad experience of our staff, the board of directors, volunteers, and community partners to ensure the delivery of effective, accountable, and transparent services to our constituent community.

Mission Statement

The agency’s mission is to improve the quality of life of the newcomer community in Peel by providing them with the support, information, and services necessary for healthy integration into Canadian society.

Mandate

The mandate of African Community Services of Peel is to identify and address the challenges associated with duality of cultures among newcomers, provide programs and services that promote cross-cultural understanding and address barriers to communication, integration, and access, facilitate opportunities for self-development among newcomers and network with other service providers with similar goals and objectives.

 

 Guiding Philosophy

  • Network Widely

  • Care Passionately

  • Lead Courageously

  • Counsel Sensitively

  • Advocate Powerfully

  • Facilitate Objectively

  • Educate Progressively                       

  • Improve Continuously  

  • Perform Professionally

  • Collaborate Extensively             

 

Core Values      

  • Respect        

  • Integrity    

  • Transparency        

  • Connectedness

  • Accountability  

Funders & Partners

African Community Services gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind sup­port from all levels of government, charitable foundations, individuals, and community organizations whose support enabled us to provide high-quality services to newcom­ers, youth, families, seniors, un/underemployed and family victims of violence and abuse. 

Board of Directors

Kamano Gashoka: Chair      

Evelyne Kibera: Treasurer

Elizabeth Richards: Secretary

David Ahipatela: Member

Annang Ofusu: Member

Ishraga Ahmed: Member

Alfred Ampofo: Member

James Okidi: Member

News and Events

Everyday is Black History Day

Celebrate your 

'Everyday Champion'

Tell us who is your 'Everyday champion' is. Send us a video, a photo, or a voice message. We may feature it in celebrating your 'Everyday champion' right here!

This week's ACS' 'Everyday Champion' is - see below

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RMsKEAiVQE

For more details please contact ACS

905 460 9514

Email: info@africancommunityservices.com

Resources

Immigration & Citizenship Canada

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html

Travel

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/flying-canada-checklist

Employment Insurance & Sickness Benefits for COVID - 19

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness/apply.html

COVID 19 Benefits https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

 Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Covid 19 Resources

https://13134685-8c94-4d04-7301-28b9db8bbdfb.filesusr.com/ugd/8fc68c_9696160c82c445a187016c3148e3d38e.pdf

Free Tax Clinics

https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/community-volunteer-income-tax-program.html

https://schulich.yorku.ca/future-students/business-excellence-academy/

If you can think of any Black teenagers in your circle, it would be great for them to check out this program.  The Schulich Business Excellence Academy is a four-week and 2 hours a day program, students can learn business, marketing, entrepreneurship and so much more.  It’s only for Ontario students.  Applications open May 1 and there’s an info session on May 12 (parents/guardians welcomed).

Mental Health Resources

Children's Mental Health Ontario cmho.org/findhelp. Enter the region to find more information on local supports.

https://wellnesstogether.ca/en-CA

 

 

 

Seniors Support 

https://letsconnect.brampton.ca/seniors-task-force

 

 

Early Graduate Recruitment Program

Please share with the recent graduates in your networks looking for a job: https://boards.greenhouse.io/alx/jobs/3103302?gh_jid=3103302