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Connecting Newcomers to our Canadian culture while celebrating theirs

At Care for Newcomers, we understand that successful settlement in a new country requires direct services and referrals. Together with other settlement agencies, we do provide these services.

But we also understand, very much from our personal experiences, that it is often difficult to leave all you know behind to start again in a new country with different cultures and traditions. Newcomers will typically continue to have one foot in their home culture and the other foot in the Canadian culture.

It is important to connect to meet new people, feel welcomed, make friends and become actively involved in the new community. Our Community Engagement programs help build the bridges between newcomers and established Canadians in many different ways:

One-on-One Matches

At Care for Newcomers, we understand that successful settlement in a new country requires direct services and referrals. Together with other settlement agencies, we do provide these services.

But we also understand, very much from our personal experiences, that it is often difficult to leave all you know behind to start again in a new country with different cultures and traditions. Newcomers will typically continue to have one foot in their home culture and the other foot in the Canadian culture.

It is important to connect to meet new people, feel welcomed, make friends and become actively involved in the new community. Our Community Engagement programs help build the bridges between newcomers and established Canadians in many different ways:

Community Bridging

Activities are offered on a weekly basis at our office as well as outings into the community:

  • Craft and Learn

  • Educational presentations and community events

  • Share and celebrate each other’s culture

  • Group volunteering for special community events and good causes

  • Learn about recreational and sports groups in the community

  • Meet people from different countries and cultures for fun and good social times

  • Improve your English skills through conversation and learn about our community

Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities such as bowling, pool billiard, board and card games

Volunteering

Care for Newcomers promotes our Volunteer Program to Newcomers, settled permanent residents, and other Central Albertan citizens. It is a beautiful way to connect, help others, make a difference in the lives of others, build a Canadian resume and make friends. Volunteers are important for us to help in our different programs, such as mentorship, language classes, field trips, conversation groups, translation & interpretation, setting up and participating in events, and public awareness. It aims to increase community involvement and build positive bridges between newcomers and our community at large. Volunteers give the valuable encouragement and support that helps to create independence and integration into Canada. Often, our past clients of this program become volunteers themselves!
 

Conversation Groups

A great way to learn English is with practice in an informal setting. Care for Newcomers Conversation Circles allow newcomers to practice their conversation skills outside the classroom but in a guided environment. 


Learn English through an everyday conversation about topics like:

  • Banking

  • Healthcare

  • Shopping

  • Sports and recreation

  • Making appointments

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Transportation

  • Community events

 

Newcomers who have taken our ESL classes are welcome to join our Conversation Circles to continue learning and sharpen their skills, helping them become more fluent and improve their pronunciation. 

Public Awareness

At Care for Newcomers, we believe that it takes an entire community to make newcomers feel at home and contribute to the quality of our society, as per the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”. Equally important to introduce newcomers to our way of life. It is essential for the general public to understand and appreciate the different cultures, traditions, and experiences that newcomers bring to our society.

That is why we offer our Public Awareness program, where we provide free intercultural workshops, cultural presentations, cultural events, and anti-racism training for everybody to increase knowledge and create a more welcoming and inclusive community in Central Alberta.

 “We like to visit with our Canadian family and practice English. Practicing English is very important to me, helps me speak better. We learned a lot about Canadian culture and lifestyle. Now, we appreciate more what a great country Canada is."
“Volunteering with my refugee friend really opened my eyes to some of the hardships he had to endure…and learning how much I take for granted like being able to drive, go shopping, get groceries, etc. My overall experience as a volunteer with C.A.R.E. is an amazing one that I will cherish forever.”