The Work of Welcoming is a Community Effort
Welcoming our new Syrian neighbours, like all classes of newcomers, takes the entire community.
Welcoming happens in many ways:
- the attitudes we hold
- the way we greet people
- the level of cultural competence we attain in the jobs we do
- many more areas
- not least of which is the hours we volunteer to make a difference in the lives of those who are new in our community.
There are a number of agencies in our community that have developed expertise in certain aspects of serving vulnerable people. Your skills and interests will help you decide which agency’s work you could best support as a volunteer.
MJMC's role and how you can suppport us:
Because of MJMC's formal relationship with Canada’s immigration department (IRCC), our direct role, and years of experience in receiving, orienting, and beginning the process of integration for hundreds of Government Assisted Refugees, Moose Jaw Multicultural Council is the agency through which you are most likely to volunteer directly with newcomers, including the expected Syrian Refugees. In order to protect our clients’ privacy and rights, and to ensure that those helping them are equipped to provide the best support possible, MJMC has a formal process through which we screen and equip our volunteers.
In light of the current situation, MJMC’s process requires expansion. We are working diligently to prepare a process that can handle the volume of enthusiastic volunteers we have been hearing from. Read our news release about what we have been doing. Be assured we value your interest.
We thank everyone for their patience.