kids zone

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songcraft

The approach of this new project is holistic - placing the emphases on building confidence, a sense of belonging and a positive attitude - all of which facilitate language learning and ensure a successful integration process. The first cohort began in 2017 with a series of workshops on the themes of loss, grief and healing. An informal network of mutual support and sharing via What’sApp was quickly formed by the women. From there, the women’s group has moved on to job training and exploring volunteer and employment opportunities.

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women's sewing group

As WWD evolved to focus on building its catering service, MCM continued to see a need to have a weekly women’s meet up group with a focus on practical activities and skills building. In 2019, after Mountainside United Church donated 10 sewing machines, the women’s sewing bee was formed! A first group began in the spring of 2019, and a second group began in January 2020. The sewing instructor, herself a former refugee, teaches hands on sewing skills and also creates a safe space for women to share conversation and break isolation. Future plans include expanding the program to introduce a French conversation component.

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seasons saisons

This initiative began as an outreach program to support newcomer seniors. After this intial assessment phase, it became clear that there were high levels of isolation and depression among male immigrant seniors. To address this, an Arabic-speaking weekly seniors meet-up was organized. The group has slowly grown in numbers and a great commeraderie has developed among members. Each senior has been asked to identify a talent or a interest to explore. We are currently matching seniors with creative projects to meet our goal of encouraging self-expression and solidifying a sense of belonging. A second phase of the group is planned to give Canadian-born seniors and newcomer seniors chances to meet and participate in group activities together.

There are not enough opportunities to engage seniors and to hear those voices from different cultural communities. As a new MCM elder-in-residence, I look forward with excitement to conversations across generational and cultural boundaries that will no doubt enrich all involved.

Renate Sutherland

Our impact in 2019

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