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.
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.
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.
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
Everyday is Black History Day
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
For more details please contact ACS
905 460 9514
Immigration & Citizenship Canada
Employment Insurance & Sickness Benefits for COVID - 19
COVID 19 Benefits https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Covid 19 Resources
Free Tax Clinics
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.
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