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MCC Harmony

An inside look at the people, programs, and projects that make our community so welcoming.

Newcomer Women share their emotional journey through abstract art 

October 25, 2023

This summer, MCC was excited to partner with Art Windsor-Essex (AWE) Centre for Art & Wellness, hosting several sessions for our Women’s Arts & Crafts Group. This dynamic group of women get together weekly to learn new crafts, share their talents and enjoy each other’s company as they settle in Windsor-Essex.

Empowering Newcomer Youth to Achieve Their Employment Goals

September 29, 2023

This summer, MCC ran our IRCC Youth Employment Program to support young people in job preparation and job search. I was happy to join the team as facilitator and thoroughly enjoyed working with youth who were intent on improving their work prospects.  The Youth Employment program has played a crucial role in assisting newcomers by providing a variety of valuable services, such as employment counselling and coaching, resume building, job search assistance, mock interviews, job related training, and a focus on understanding Canadian workplace culture.   

From Beginnings to Brilliance – Nurturing Young Minds at the Ignite Academy After School Program

August 16, 2023

The MCC and United Way Ignite Academy program collaborated to provide support and help students in Windsor and Essex County, succeed academically and personally.

The program started last year with a big success and continues to support students as a solution to many challenges students and their families are facing.

Appreciating the uniqueness of this city 

October 11, 2022 

My experience as a Carrousel of the Nations Youth Ambassador was incredibly rewarding and truly an unforgettable learning experience. I am a lifelong Windsorite, so I always took the cultural diversity we have here in Windsor-Essex for granted. During my time as a Carrousel Youth Ambassador, I learned….

Ambassador Reflections

September 21, 2022 

Growing up in Windsor, Ontario, I was always exposed to diversity. It wasn’t uncommon to share different cultural dishes in class with your peers, hear various languages or compare and contrast cultural customs. When living in a melting pot, it seems as though everyday different heritages are being celebrated, which is not only beautiful, but extremely important. However…

My Experience as a Youth Ambassador for the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County

July 13, 2022 

When I was a young girl, I felt much different from my friends. I thought it made me weird that my family spoke Polish and our go-to music genre to listen to was Disco Polo. I hated it, I thought that being different and unique was “lame” and “not cool.” It was not until I got older and got more involved with the community that I started to appreciate my heritage, and my interest of learning about others grew too. It all started when …

An Unforgettable Carrousel Experience!

July 13, 2022 

If I were to describe my experience as a Youth Ambassador at Carrousel of Nations 2022 in one word, it would have to be unforgettable. Even before the festival officially began, I was already aware that this was going to be a special and formative experience in my young life. This awareness inspired me to take detailed notes throughout both of my stints with the VIP entourage. During the second weekend of Carrousel…

Diversity strengthens communities 

April 6, 2022 

In 1920, my grandfather Nate Tepperman an immigrant arrived to Canada with nothing. There was no MCC back then, no language or settlement services, and no community connections. His drive, determination and values system was passed on to future generations helping us reach our company’s 97th anniversary this year. We have 6 Guiding Principle that steer us through life, 1 of them being about strengthening our communities.  We believe we have a responsibility and obligation. 

MCC Harmony Through Education 

January 10, 2022 

The MCC Harmony Through Education scholarship program creates opportunities, fosters aspirations, and expands potentials. 

With the financial support of individual donors, the program supports the education efforts of newcomers in Windsor-Essex. Through this initiative, the MCC is able to contribute to covering the cost of education-related expenses. 

Nupur Jhankar: A Community Heritage

October 28, 2021

Windsor has known the Nupur Jhankar group of Indian dancers for the last 35 years. We are a fixture at the Carrousel of Nations every year and our friendships with all our communities have danced a life time.


My MCC Feature

By: Jordan Ouellette

August 20, 2021

My name is Jordan. I’m a 20 year old living in the Drouillard Road area. I’m a brother to two siblings and six step siblings and they all look up to me. I have struggled throughout my childhood to get to where I am at today and it wasn’t easy to do but I continued to push down the broken path to come out the strongest I could be.

My brain is an immigrant – Sereine Elbalkhi

July 18, 2021

When home won’t let you stay,
and you have to get away,
it’s something you thought you would never say!


A Community Partnership Equation:
Enwin + MCC = Strength Through Diversity

May 10, 2021

Barbara Peirce Marshall, Communications Manager at Enwin Utilities explains the company’s unique partnership with the MCC and how it is propelling Enwin toward a workplace that is diverse, modern and welcoming to all.


Non-profits during COVID-19: AM800 Interview

March 30th, 2021

Pam Mady, Manger of Communications for the Multicultural Council spoke with Patty Handysides of AM800 about some of the challenges faced by non-profit organizations during COVID-19 as well as the MCC Harmony campaign undertaken by the Multicultural Council. 

Essex County: Newcomers Enrich our Community

By County of Essex Warden, Gary McNamara | April 3rd, 2021

Of all the events I attend in my capacity as Warden of Essex County, Carrousel of the Nations is easily one of the most rewarding, inspiring and educational. For more than four decades it has been a movable feast, celebrating the multitude of cultures that make Windsor-Essex so diverse and dynamic and allowing locals to travel the globe without ever leaving their region.

Windsor: Our Diversity is Our Strength

By City of Windsor Mayor, Drew Dilkens | March 22nd, 2021

One of the great honours for me as Mayor is representing individuals and families from a wide range of cultures and nationalities. Windsor’s close proximity to the United States, low cost of living, prosperous economy, abundant natural areas, warm weather and friendly residents have all combined to make it a destination…

Hello, World!
Welcome to the Multicultural Council Blog

By MCC Executive Director, Kathie Thomas | March 22nd, 2021

The mission of the Multicultural Council has always been to create a welcoming community, and one of our most treasured pursuits is to do so through community engagement. Working for and with residents and partners here in Windsor-Essex, and listening to and learning from their…