Anne Langille served as WIL’s Executive Director from 1991 to 2014. Anne was a pillar of strength in our community who believed strongly in the mission of our organization and the clients we serve. She was passionate about her work and the well-being of others, especially those new to Canada. Anne’s leadership, compassion and ready humour were an inspiration to us all.
To pay tribute to Anne and continue her spirit of giving, the Anne Langille Legacy Fund was established by WIL’s Board of Directors in the Summer of 2014. The fund is financed through memorial donations received at the time of Anne’s passing, and through fundraising events organized annually by WIL’s staff. Each year, one local charity or non-profit organization is selected by our staff through an open nomination and selection process.
To be considered, a nominated charity or non-profit organization must provide services and/or supports that assist individuals seeking employment or reduce barriers for those seeking employment. Eligible nominees must also be inclusive in the delivery of their programs and services; have a reputation for being respectful in areas of diversity; and be recognized within the broader community as offering quality services.
WIL gratefully accepts donations of any amount to the Anne Langille Legacy Fund. Donations can be made online (through the Paypal link below) or by cheque payable to WIL Counselling and Training for Employment. If donating by cheque, please indicate that the funds are to be directed to the Anne Langille Legacy Fund.
For 2015-2016, WIL staff nominated Jeremiah's House at the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre (LCCLC) as the recipient of the Award. Staff members were moved, as was most of Canada, by the news and images of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and wanted to provide tangible assistance to refugees through the funds provided by the Award. Jeremiah's House is literally a place of refugee: accommodation and settlement support for new refugee arrivals in their first days and weeks in London, as they start to adjust to their new city and begin their very first steps of settlement having arrived in a safe place. The funds associated with the Award have been put towards purchasing basic necessities including toiletries and diapers
Jeremiah's House recipients of the 2015-2016 Anne Langille Legacy Fund Award. Pirctured (Left to Right:Tam Dam, Resettlement Assistance Program Manager, Ibrahim El-Sayegh, RAP Settlement Worker, Valy Marochko, Executive Director, LCCLC, Nouhad Khafaja, Jeremiah’s House Coordinator, Wendy Richards, Employment Counsellor, WIL Employment Connections)