The Community Connections Program

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Provide opportunities for Newcomers to Canada

The Community Connections Program matches newcomers with volunteers who are familiar with Canadian culture, values, workplaces, and everyday life. Volunteers help newcomers adapt to living and working in Canada and additionally, can guide internationally trained professionals as they enter their field in Canada. Community Connections volunteers also help newcomers practice English, participate in the community and much more.

Though these opportunities, volunteers learn about international cultures, develop new contacts and networks, and strengthen community life.   
  
We are looking for volunteers who are:

  • Rooted in Canadian society and knowledgeable about its culture and values
  • Open to learning about other cultures and helping newcomers learn about Canada
  • Knowledgeable about Canadian workplace culture, and is able to support professionals transitions into the Canadian economy
  • Able to commit to 24 hours of time over a 4 month period
  • Has been a living in Canada for 2 years or more 

Recently Hot Docs' Volunteering in Culture series profiled WoodGreen Community Services' mentor and mentee, Darrell and Rahul. See the video here.

 Community Connections Volunteer Activities Include:

  • Sharing socio-cultural activities with individuals and families who are new to Canada through participating in the Community Connections Program’s group activities including: Canadian Cultural Café, Taste of French Canada, Newcomer Reading Clubs, English Conversation Circles and much more
  • Mentoring internationally trained professionals and assisting them in establishing careers in their field through one-on-one, groups or online mentoring 

For more information, contact Valerie Smith, Program Supervisor at (416) 645-6000 ext. 2341 or by email at vsmith@woodgreen.org or click here.

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