Limited social networks continue to be a barrier to integration by both newcomers and the general public. Newcomers need support to understand their adopted community, form social connections and contribute to their new community. The Community Connections program is popular with local volunteers and newcomers in the Moose Jaw area. The program allows newcomers to meet new people, improve their English, and get to know more about their community. The program also assists the public in understanding the needs of and barriers that many newcomers may face through public speaking engagements, awareness campaigns, promotional resource development, and intercultural communication and integration training for community agencies and the general public.
The Youth and Community Connections Worker is a combined SWIS and Community Connections department team member. They help promote a welcoming and inclusive community by assisting the Community Connections Coordinator with implementing newcomer engagement groups and events, as well as through public education presentations, and encouraging active engagement in the settlement process through volunteering opportunities. See the SWIS page for information about how this position is involved in supporting newcomer youth.
For more information about the program please contact our community connections staff: