The Community Connections Program is designed to help you settle into the community through different activities and supports.
You can be matched with a volunteer from the community to meet with you once a week for two hours for at least 6 months. Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia will try to match you with a volunteer who has similar interests and is the same gender.
Volunteers will help by:
- Offering social support and introduction to your new community
- Practicing skills that will help you with daily family activities
- Practicing conversation in English
- Sharing a home-cooked meal
- Introducing you to people and places in the community (historical sites, community centers, parks, other places of interest to you)
- Talking and learning about each others traditions and customs
- Exchanging ideas, information and resources
Volunteers are screened and receive training from Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. The first meeting usually takes place at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia or in your home with the Community Connections Coordinator. Weekly meetings take place at a time and place that is convenient for everyone.For more information please contact:
Melissa King | Coordinator, Community Connections Program | 902-406-8636
Volunteering in Canada Program
Connecting GARs who are beginner to intermediate EAL learners with volunteer opportunities in the community.
From participating you will:
- Gain Canadian workplace experience and references
- Meet new people
- Learn new skills
- Give back to your new community
Recreation and Social Programs for Families
Assisting GAR families access funding for recreation and social programs for children and youth, and connecting individuals to community activities.
- Summer camp opportunities for children and youth
- Fireside knitting group (Keshen Goodman Library)
- St. Andrew’s Sewing Circle
- Connection to recreation programs for children and youth (ex. swimming, gymnastics, girl guides, etc)
- Bike Safety and bike donation program
- Cooking and Conversation
- Group field trips and attending community events
All of our programs are designed to help you become independent and gain a connection to your new community. Our programs give you a chance to participate in activities that interest you, to gain new skills, to meet new people and to have the chance to take on a leadership role in our programs when you are ready.For more information on these programs please contact:
Lani Poce | Coordinator, Community Connections | 902.406.8608