About Us Friends of NEARC

About Us Friends of NEARC

Friends of NEARC


We are an emerging organization led by well-experienced professionals with ample experience in the development fields. NEARC Inc. works in partnership with like-minded organizations, thus creating a synergy in actions with limited resources. This ensures positive impetus of service excellence in helping newcomer youth. We are grateful to have such wonderful circle of influence - Friends of NEARC.

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.
- Robert Collier

STAKEHOLDERS, PARTNERS’ & FUNDERS’APPRECIATION

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“To provide some context the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg have collaborated with NEARC for the past 4 years. We started as their landlord by leasing them office space in our administration centre on Juno Street. This has allowed us to work closely on projects where we have supported each other to the mutual benefit of the children and youth in Winnipeg. We have also partnered with them on several youth initiatives specifically youth employment and training.

In my experience NEARC has developed an outstanding reputation connecting to youth especially Indigenous and newcomer youth. I have been very impressed by the scope of the work NEARC is doing in Winnipeg and the vision that their Executive Director Bijaya Pokharel has when it comes to bringing together diverse groups within the communities, we work in. I have known Bijaya for past four years. During these past three years, I have gotten to know Bijaya quite well. I have been very impressed by his leadership and how their small start-up non-profit has grown and become an integral part of the communities they work with. He is a very passionate and empathetic leader who is able to connect with an understand the clients they serve. Bijaya is a model Executive Director who works well with the NEARC Board of Directors."

Mr. Ron Brown
President & CEO

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) is pleased to support the Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre (NEARC) application for funding for their project Pathways to Reconciliation. NCTR has been pleased to participate in NEARC gatherings, including a recent AGM panel. This discussion involved a very strong group of newcomers passionate about truth, reconciliation and the TRC Calls to Action. These dialogues should continue to be the standard as they are extremely important.
This important initiative was developed through intensive consultations with youth from various demographics and consultations with Indigenous and newcomer leaders, as well as like-minded organizations. Funding from your organization would allow NEARC, to continue to build the foundation of reconciliation for newcomers to Canada and engage youth, indigenous and newcomers, in dialogue on Indigenous rights as well as broad social issues in Canada.”

Mr. Ry Moran
Director,
NCTR

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"We believe strongly about the works Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre is doing and the work is needed in our community. Above all the Organization is promoting Inclusion and Diversity in our community between Canadians and newcomers.
Your support to Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre will be greatly appreciated.
We have witnessed the work of NEARC to support youth successfully integrate in social and economic development of our society. The Manitoba Youth in Action (MAYA) project will bring various stakeholder collaboration in fostering pathway to reconciliation and ensuring that Manitoba youth voices are represented on issues that matters to them, and are part of the decision-making process.

We recommend the NEARC’s application for funding and hope that you will help provide the resource needed for this project."

Ms. Nina Condo
Executive Director,
ECRC

“Through our partnership and joint efforts, our organizations continue to work together to provide resources, support, and programming to our community. We support the great work Winnipeg-based NEARC Inc. is doing in providing employment opportunities for youth, capacity building training, paid work internship and various placement programs while mentoring and nurturing them to lead a meaningful life.
NEARC has developed an innovative and unique approach to integrate Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in partnership with Indigenous partner Returning to Spirit Inc. This initiative ‘Pathways to Reconciliation (P2R)’ plans to engage wide array of stakeholders, including Success Skills Centre, to help paving the bridges between Indigenous & non-Indigenous communities, reducing residual impacts of colonization and promoting harmony in the society.”

Monika Feist
CEO

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The Manitoba Youth Forum is grounded in advancing some of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, specifically #93 pertaining to newcomers, #66 focused on youth, and #43 and #44 pertaining to reconciliation. I believe this forum will be an effective platform for youth to have these critical conversations in order to learn about one another, and that it is a sustainable model that builds capacity among our young people.

Abdikheir Ahmed
Director, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

The Neighborhood Empowerment & Resource Centre (NEARC) has been an active MANSO member since 2016. Their staff sit on our Employment Committee. Their proposed community connections activities will address priorities identified in our 2018 Integration Summit Report (pg 23, https://mansomanitoba.ca/reports/summit-reports/), such as a community connections priority for “bridge building activities between Indigenous people, newcomers and settlers”. Their proposed Youth Leadership & Livelihoods Strategy (YOLLS) targets youth between ages 24-30, a population identified as being underserved by existing settlement support in our summit report.

Vickie Sinclair
Executive Director, MANSO

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“Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre (NEARC) is a partner member of YAA and we also have the good fortune of being co-located with them within the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg’s head office. This gives us the unique opportunity to continually share ideas, trends, and resources, which has been mutually beneficial.
Accordingly, we have seen the amazing work that NEARC does to connect with Indigenous and Newcomer youth while offering opportunity for growth and empowering them. I believe that the Manitoba Youth in Action (MAYA) program is consistent with the mission and interest of the Youth Take Charge Program, and hope that you support this program.”

Ms. Jessica da Silva
Director, Youth Agencies Alliance (YAA)

We understand the importance of the intergroup dialogue between aboriginal and non-aboriginal/immigrant youth and we support the unique approach NEARC is proposing under this application. There are too few opportunities to share the history of Indigenous people, their culture and legacy amongst youth and we trust NEARC to conduct vital work in a respectful and safe manner for all.

Damon Johnston
President & CEO, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg

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The Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, Inc. (ILDI) is pleased to support the Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre, Inc. (NEARC) and its initiative, "Social Empowerment for Newcomer Youth through Financial Literacy.
ILDI has recently signed an MOU with NEARC to jointly create a Pathways to Reconciliation (P2R) and address the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and engage Indigenous youth while integrating with newcomer youth.
In closing, we fully support the work of NEARC and do hope they are successful in approval on their application and we look forward to our continued working relationship together.”

Ms. Melanie Dean
Director, Executive Training

“NEARC has demonstrated its passion to work with newcomer youth through varying projects. The organization is committed to empowering newcomer youth as they integrate into Canadian society by providing employment opportunities and mentorship supports. The Youth Bullying and Cyber Bullying project is another example of how the organization is trying to address obstacles faced by newcomer youth and children.”

Ms. Yasmin Ali
President CMWI

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NEARC Inc. is a Winnipeg-based newcomer-youth serving not-for-profit organization which promotes youth economic empowerment, engagement, leadership, networking opportunities, capacity building and ultimately leading towards meaningful job for the newcomer youth.

NEARC Inc. through intensive research, community consultations, leadership engagement and youth interactions has developed an innovative and unique approach to integrate Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in partnership with Indigenous partner. Their initiative 'Pathways to Reconciliation (P2R)' plans to engage wide array of stakeholders to help paving the bridges between Indigenous & non-Indigenous communities, reducing residual impacts of colonization & promoting harmony in the society. SNA and NEARC Inc. have committed to coordinating services to ensure effective, efficient service delivery to youth and their families.

Through working with NEARC Inc., we have learned that they will carry out this project effectively and productively. We acknowledge the need for this project in our community and know that NEARC Inc. will work to create a sustainable impact in leadership development and contribution meaningfully in the youth employment and integrating newcomer youth with integrating newcomer and Indigenous youth with more holistic approach.

Mr. Jamil Mahmood
Executive Director, Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA)

Returning to Spirit Inc. (RTS Inc.) is a national organization, based in Winnipeg that designs and delivers reconciliation workshops in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
RTS Inc and NEARC Inc. have been in partnership since 2017 and developed and executing the Pathways to Reconciliation(P2R) program that incorporates youth from the Black, Mainstream, Indigenous and New Immigrant communities. Engaging in relationships and dispelling myths and misconceptions about each other to achieve personal reconciliation. We have defined these youth group as BMIN youth and we have successfully executed retreat opportunities for youth.
RTS is honored to write this Letter of Reference and be in partnership with NEARC Inc. we know that NEARC will work hard to create a sustainable impact in the lives of racialized groups in Manitoba. The RTS Inc. will be helping to bring Indigenous women for their economic empowerment through this initiative.”

Ms. Lisa Raven
Executive Director, RTS Inc.

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We believe strongly about the works Neighborhood Empowerment and Resource Centre is doing and the work is needed in our community. Above all the Organization is promoting Inclusion and Diversity in our community between Canadians and newcomers.

Mr. Serge M. Kaptegaine
Executive Director, IDEA Inc.

White Buffalo Spiritual Society Inc. (WBSS Inc.) looks forward to working with NEARC to create opportunities for bridging the gap between different cultural groups to promote better understanding, respect and communications for all Canadians.”

Melissa Atkins
Vice President of Administration

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NEARC Inc. is a Winnipeg-based newcomer-youth serving not-for-profit organization which promotes youth economic empowerment, engagement, leadership, networking opportunities, capacity building and ultimately leading towards meaningful job for the newcomer youth. NEARC Inc. through intensive research, community consultations, leadership engagement and youth interactions NEARC has developed an innovative and unique approach to integrate Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in partnership with Indigenous partner Returning to Spirit Inc. This initiative ‘Pathways to Reconciliation (P2R)’ plans to engage wide array of stakeholders to help paving the bridges between Indigenous & non-Indigenous communities, reducing residual impacts of colonization & promoting harmony in the society.

NEARC Inc. has committed to coordinating services to ensure effective, efficient service delivery to youth and their families. We are confident that NEARC Inc. will carry out this project effectively and productively.

Sincerely,
Mandela M. Kuet, Vice President
ACOMI INC.

Support Letter

Through our partnership and joint efforts, our organizations continue to work together to provide resources, support, and programming to our community. We support the great work NEARC Inc. is doing in providing employment opportunities, capacity building training, paid work internship and various placement programs while mentoring and nurturing them to lead a meaningful life.

We acknowledge the need for this project in our community, and know that NEARC Inc. will work to create a sustainable impact in leadership development and contribution meaningfully in the youth employment and integrating newcomer youth with integrating newcomer and Indigenous youth with more holistic approach.

Margaret von Lau, CEO
NEEDS INC.

Support Letter
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