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Monday, January 24 • 11:00 - 11:45
Advocating for the Human Social Services Sector (brought to you by First Work, All Are Welcome)

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The social services sector has not had the opportunity to champion advocacy to the extent of the private sector. It is essential for this sector to intentionally convene, identify priorities and gaps, and action out next steps to advance our collective community goals.

Speakers
avatar for Sophia Koukoulas

Sophia Koukoulas

Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, First Work
Sophia is the Communications and Stakeholder Relations Manager at First Work, joining in June 2020. Forever a recovering staffer, Sophia previously worked for the Ontario Minister of Finance as Issues Manager and Legislative Assistant, following years of political work at the municipal... Read More →
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Carmine Chen

Manager, Operations and Finance, First Work
Carmine is the Operations and Finance Manager at First Work. Originally on-boarded through the Canada Summer Jobs Program as a Youth Engagement Coordinator in 2017 as her first entry level job. She continued to work part-time while pursuing her Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at... Read More →
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Carolyn Warkentin

Executive Director & First Work Board of Directors, President, South Essex Community Council
Carolyn Warkentin has been the Executive Director at South Essex Community Council in Leamington, Ontario for the past ten years. Prior to that, she spent ten years in the employment sector as an Employment Consultant and a Program Manager.
avatar for Akosua Alagaratnam

Akosua Alagaratnam

Executive Director, First Work
With over six years of experience in government and seven years as board representative for the Region of Peel Women's Centre, Akosua Alagaratnam is an established driver of effective policy-making, communications, government affairs and community engagement.



Monday January 24, 2022 11:00 - 11:45 EST