What We Do

Local Immigration Partnerships (LIPs) are multi-sectoral collectives that bring a new form of collaboration, at the community-level, to newcomer settlement and integration. They are designed to establish, facilitate and implement a community-wide strategy for improving the settlement and integration of immigrants. The LIP model is having success across Canada with more than 40 LIPs in four Canadian provinces now.


Funding and support for the LIPs comes from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The Winnipeg Immigration Partnership (IPW) helps create a community that has a strong desire and capacity to receive newcomers and make them feel at home.

For more detailed information on LIPs, see this report.

Objectives of IPW

  • Maximize the knowledge, skills, experience and expertise of immigrants.

  • Mobilize collective resources to plan and coordinate immigration services;

  • Build on collective strengths and existing work done by community agencies to date;

  • Change the attitudes and approach in our community to newcomer inclusion ; and,

  • Build inclusion capacity and sustainability for the future.

Our Team

Abdikheir Ahmed

Abdikheir Ahmed is the Director of the Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) Program at the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. He has previously served as the Executive Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) Inc.

Abdi has extensive experience working with immigrant and refugee communities in Winnipeg’s inner city focusing mainly on immigrant and refugee settlement policy, gang and street crime prevention. He is a passionate advocate for immigrants and refugees in Canada and serves on a number of boards of organizations serving immigrant and refugee communities in Winnipeg. 

Jessica Praznik

Jessica Praznik is dedicated to being an advocate and ally for marginalized communities, and is committed to making Winnipeg a more welcome and inclusive City. She has been working with immigrant and refugee communities for over seven years. Jessica has worked for settlement agencies and as a researcher on a variety of settlement-related projects in Manitoba and Ontario.​ Before starting on staff with IPW, Jessica volunteered with us on our Inclusion and Civic Engagement Sector Table. She has also worked with adults and children with disabilities, has been an outreach worker in the inner city, and worked for the public service. She holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Ryerson University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg. Jessica is the proud dog-mother of an energetic German-shepherd-husky named Luna… who may or may not be spoiled by her mother.

Hani A. Al-Ubeady

Hani A Al-Ubeady is a community activist who has been assisting newcomers successfully integrate into Winnipeg society for nearly twenty years. He fully understands the importance of the initial support that newcomers to Canada need upon arrival. He also believes that integration process is not a cookie-cutter and one size fits all type of work.  It is dynamic and evolving work that requires a deep understating of cross-cultural partnerships among all members of society. He strives everyday to make the two way integration process more successful for everyone involved in creating a true and realistic welcoming and inclusive community.

Reuben Garang

Reuben is the Ethnocultural Communities Resources Coordinator with Immigration Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) Program at the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg. He has previously worked for the Province of Manitoba as Policy Analyst and Community Outreach Advisor. He also has worked as the Coordinator for African Refugee and Immigrants Empowerment Project at Winnipeg Harvest. As a community based researcher, he has skills in organizing focus groups, facilitating community discussion and meetings as well as promoting an inclusive partnership. He holds a Master Degree in sustainable Development Practice from the University of Winnipeg           

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