COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS


Community ConnectionsCommunity Connections is about linking people to each other and to the community.  This program’s offers a variety of mentoring programs that help people who are new to the country feel empowered and confident to take on life here in Canada.

Mentoring

Mentors are people who help newcomers learn about Canadian customs and language and help people to establish their knowledge of their new community and maybe even practice their English.   Newcomer mentees are people who really want to jump start their life in Canada by being connected to local people and learn about all the amazing local assets and activities in their new community.  There are three types of mentors available:  pro

  • MentorshipProfessional Group Mentoring
    • Connecting internationally-trained professionals with Canadian professionals is effective in helping many newcomers overcome some of the barriers that they face as they try to enter the Canadian labour market.  Mentors can help a newcomer connect with other professionals in their field, provide critical information about their profession in Canada, and enhance the mentee’s knowledge of the Canadian workplace culture.  Group mentoring sessions are facilitated by professional volunteer mentors in the areas of:
      • Accounting, Banking and Finance
      • Human Resources
      • IT and Teaching
      • Health and Medical fields (including a group for International Medical Doctors)
      • Engineering (including a group for International Engineers)

 

  • Individual Mentoring
    • Do you need to practice your English or do you want to just learn more one on one about the local culture?  We are happy to set up individual mentoring based on your needs and learning goals.   Please ask your Settlement Specialist for more information.

 

  • Skills based mentoring
    • Computer classes for beginners – The classes focus on teaching the very basic computer skills: keyboard, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
    • English Conversation Circles  – Talk informally with others, build confidence speaking English and meet new people. Groups are offered in Burlington, Oakville and Milton.

If you wish to participate in any of these programs please contact events@nullhmcconnections.com.  If you are a potential mentor then please check our volunteer opportunity page for an application to become a mentor.

Youth

  • Summer and March Break Camps – give campers an opportunity to meet new people, practice their English and learn about their community while doing a ton of fun stuff!
  • Leadership Council – In partnership with the YMCA the leadership council gives newcomer youth a basic understanding of the principles of leadership.   Finishing this course will earn you a free 3 month membership to the Y!
  • Group fun – we have movie nights, art nights, a glee club and a whole bunch of great fun activities – make sure you sign up for our youth information newsletters!
  • Homework club – need some help with schoolwork?  We have some amazing volunteers that can help you get your grades on track.
  • Conversation circles – need help or practice with English?

Seniors

  • English Conversation Circle for seniors
    • This weekly session helps seniors to learn and practice daily conversation. This program is offered in Burlington, Oakville and Milton.
  • Social activities for Seniors
    • Great opportunity to meet other seniors in community. This program is offered in Milton.

Moms with Young Children

  • Little English Language Learners (for children 0-6 years) with their Parents/caregivers
    • Offered once a week from 9:30am to 11am in Oakville
  • Coming Soon: Art Program with Parents & Children

Click here for more information.