Westman Immigration Service executive director Leslie Allen, right, speaks with board members Martie Kruger and Scott Hayward, left, as well as Brandon-Souris MP Merv Tweed earlier this year.
There is little doubt of the impact that Leslie Allen has had in Brandon.
As the executive director of Westman Immigrant Services for the past three years, Allen has guided the organization through an explosion of activity that has helped shape the cultural fabric of the city.
"I believe the organization has become stronger," Allen said about her tenure with Westman Immigrant Services.
"Moving into our new facility was a major accomplishment and being able to keep services at an all-time high for all of our newcomers."
She is also particularly proud of how the staff have handled increased demands from an ever-growing immigrant population.
Last year, Westman Immigrant Services supported people from more than 60 different countries around the world and dealt with 436 new adults and 107 children.
In April, the federal government cancelled an agreement with the provincial government that allowed the province to manage its own language training and jobs programs for newcomers using federal funds. Allen believes now is a good time to pursue other opportunities in Saskatoon following the change to a more centralized delivery of immigrant settlement service.
"There are going to be changes and it’s a good time for a new executive director to come in and work with the province and the federal government implementing these changes," Allen said.
Allen will remain the executive director until a suitable replacement can be found.
"It will be business as usual," she said.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 23, 2012