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There’s a new face at the Elmwood Community Resource Centre.
Nina Condo has taken on the position of executive director and, although she may be new to the centre, her resume shows she has plenty of experience.
"I’ve been working in the non-profit sector for over the past eight years," said Condo. "I’ve been program manager for a counseling department for the past six years and I’ve worked on different board of directors in the non-profit sector. I teach at Red River College in Applied Counselling, too."
Community outreach and strengthening those communities is something Condo feels very passionate about.
"My drive is working with communities and empowering them," Condo said. "Like the African proverb says, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ for me I see it takes a community to build, raise, and heal families and to empower those individuals, too."
For Condo it’s a career that comes with great rewards.
"It’s a rewarding experience to see individuals moving forward; that they have choices and have the tools they need to have a better life. I’ve come from a different experience. I come from Africa where there are horrible situations. That’s why I want to do this. I want to see people become who they want to be."
Condo said the resource centre is planning to relocate. One of the reasons for the move is because the centre’s current location can be difficult to find.
"Often when people come here they get lost," Condo said. "I was talking to one of the families I met the first week I was here who have lived in the community for several years and they said it was the first time they had ever been here because they didn’t know it existed. The building is at a confusing intersection, surrounded by a fence and it’s hidden."
Condo feels the move would allow the centre to better serve the community.
"We’re hoping to move into one of the buildings on Henderson Highway," Condo said. "It will be a better location. It’s more accessible and more visible and it helps in developing the community as well. We want a place that’s more vibrant and more welcoming. We want people to feel more comfortable and safe not just coming here, but in the community, too."
Condo said the move could easily happen by early next year.
"We’re just shy away from getting the funding that we need in order to make the move," said Condo. "The hope is that we move in the upcoming spring."
Condo also mentioned there’s been a recent increase in their programming that allows the centre to focus on including all family members now.
"Moving forward for us is to start engaging with more women and men," said Condo. "We don’t want to help only the youth and the children, but help the community holistically. We’ve recently implemented a counselling program into our programming as well as educational workshops for adults. Hopefully soon we’ll be implementing and offering new programs for women and men, too."
With so many changes ahead, the future looks busy for the new executive director and the centre, but Condo said she’s enjoying the transition.