On March 8th, the Thomas Merton Centre LINC/ESL staff and students had the pleasure of hosting Liz Behrens, former Councillor from the Town of Oakville, who greeted students, shared her passion and understanding of immigration, and also spoke about her personal experience being a first-generation immigrant to Canada.
Liz delivered a strong message on the importance of hard work, networking, exploring volunteer opportunities and getting to know more about the community we live in. Her message was strongly embraced by all who participated!
Liz Behrens was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and immigrated with her parents in 1951. She began as an active volunteer by establishing the Block Parent Program at her children’s school in 1975. She spent 20 years as an elected official with the Town of Oakville and Region of Halton, and served on numerous Boards and Committees, including Oakville United Way and S.E.N.A.C.A Seniors Day Program Halton Inc.
Her volunteer work continues as President of Oakville Community Homes Inc. She has been a Rotarian since 2005, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar.