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Canada Connect Program Volunteer

YMCA of Three Rivers

   About the Position

Impact Statement
When a family takes the step of immigrating to Canada, it is with the hope of something “better”: better safety, better job opportunity, better health care, better education, etc. But with striving for these “betters” can come great loss: loss of family, friends, community, and culture. These losses have a direct impact on the immigration experience for the family as they are each tied to the social connections and supports that we, as humans, need to thrive.

Connectors (volunteers) are established immigrant or Canadian born families that are eager to help newcomer families get connected to their community. Connectors will be matched with newcomers based on common neighborhood of residence, common interests, similar family composition, and other factors that will help make connection easy and fun! Connectors are to be a safe, trustworthy, first friend in Canada that will help a newcomer feel supported and welcomed. Formally, the match would last 4-6 months. Informally, what could be a lifetime!

Position Qualifications

Ideal for: An Individual
Age: 16+

Training / Work Condtions

Training Details: Training Provided by the Immigrant Services Team.
Working Conditions: A Connector's commitment:
• Regular connection with newcomers to help them gain experiences and skills
• To offer a variety of shared experiences and connections with newcomers that will assist them in developing their connection to the community
• To enjoy friendships with newcomers that offers social and emotional support
• To help facilitate other Canada Connect events when able

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible entrance, Wheelchair accessible washroom, Designated accessible parking space, Support volunteers with special needs, Accessible work space, Support Newcomers

Time Commitment

Duration: 1 year or more
Weekday - Daytime, Weekday - Evening, Weekend - Daytime, Weekend - Evening, Anytime
Part-time hours: 1-3 per week

Other Information
Area(s) of Interest: Newcomer Support
Skill(s): Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity, Written Communication, Verbal Communication, Translation, Community Knowledge/Awareness, Empathy
Transportation: NONE Needed

   Contact Information
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Mandy Hougham
800 King Street West, 3rd Floor Kitchener, N2G 1E8
Kitchener,Township of Wilmot,Township of Woolwich,Township of Wellesley,Waterloo,Cambridge,Township of North Dumfries,Outside Waterloo Region,Virtual
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