From classes and workshops supporting people who are new in Canada, to social and cultural events, Community Connections has it all. Click on the links below to learn more about: these should all be linked to the sections below and ordered in this order
- Volunteering for HMC
- Computer classes
- Canadian citizenship test preparation, IELTS preparation
- English conversation practice (Conversation circles are fun and a great way to practice your English)
- Older adult conversation group
- Connecting through Theatre – self expression through acting
- Music to change – bringing people together through music
- Wellness and well being
- Free income tax clinic for low income households
- Register for Upcoming Community Connections Programs
Volunteering for HMC
Get involved with one of our programs and create friendships that make a world of difference! You can take part in special events, running workshops or working one-on-one with a newcomer as a mentor.
The following are programs for which we are always seeking volunteers:
- Career Mentor
- English and French Conversation Facilitator
- Computer Class, Canadian Citizenship, IELTS Facilitator
- Cultural Ambassador
- Newcomer Youth Tutor OR Youth Leadership volunteer
- CRA – Income Tax Preparation Clinic Volunteer
- Clerical and Technical Support to HMC various programs and Staff
- Special Events Volunteers
The time commitment involved for a volunteer varies for each program from 1-3 hours per week to occasional, throughout the year. For available volunteer opportunities apply here.
Beginner and intermediate computer classes are run once a term. In the basic class you will learn the parts of a computer, how to navigate windows, basic file management, how to use email and how to connect to a network to access the internet.
In the intermediate class you will learn about the windows operating system, how to use web browsers like Google Chrome and search engines like Google and a basic introduction to the Microsoft Office Suite of programs.
Canadian citizenship test preparation and IELTS preparation
Study for your citizenship test or your IELTS preparation in a group setting. Get familiar with the test questions and the format and learn about common mistakes. Do a mock exam for practice and see where you need to study. Learn from the questions of your classmates and ask questions of the facilitator who can help you be successful in your examination.
English conversation practice
Conversation circles are fun and a great way to practice your English. In a group of 6 – 10 people you will talk about things related to your life in Canada. These groups are led by trained volunteers, many of whom are teachers. The topics of conversation are guided by the volunteer but are custom to the interests of the group. A fun and practical way to practice your English.
Older adult conversation group
This group is similar to the conversation circles but are for older adults and seniors. The focus is on practicing English and the enjoyment of social time spent together. Discussions of world issues are common and participants share special things about their own customs and family life.
Connecting through Theatre – self expression through acting
Welcome to our budding actors! Here is a chance to practice English and get involved in acting and self expression. This group also attends local theatre productions and we encourage people to get involved with the local theatre groups.
Music to change – bringing people together through music
Music to change was started from a belief that music has the power to bring us together and to transcend all cultures. Bring your favourite instrument or just come to sing along, there is something for everyone in this group. Music to change would also like to encourage anyone who is technically savvy as we are very interested in producing short fun videos of our work.
Wellness and well being
Connection to each other is the basic need for all mental health and wellness. Join us for a variety of activities that will introduce topic of health and wellness, lifestyle, nutrition and general well being. Sessions focus on interaction and discussion and our volunteers are people with great life experience.
Free income tax clinic for low income households
HMC offers free income tax clinics in late March and throughout April for low income households. If your English is good, there is a year around community tax service at Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre https://opnc.ca/ which also offers some languages supports. Please contact us if you need help with income tax in your language.
If you don’t speak English, please register here.