The SISA Community Connections team are actively involved in forming partnerships and fostering relationships with individuals, families, and organizations within the community to assist in integrating newcomers and educating the general public.
A lot of our programming and events are volunteer-based, and we work together in an effort to break down barriers that may lead people into isolation or seclusion. We work alongside our newest families to try to identify ways for them to adapt and become comfortable on a social level. One of the main barriers newcomers to Canada face is learning and practicing English. Once people are able to effectively communicate, their confidence and comfort grows, and they are often able to thrive in their new community. We work with volunteers and community partners in the following ways:
- ESL based family literacy programs
- ESL based individual / family mentorships
- Community based integration activities
- Holiday orientation activities
- Summer and Day camps for ESL children and youth
- Women’s Intercultural Support & Education groups
- Men’s recreational soccer team and games
SISA hosts many family-friendly, culturally celebrative events all year round. In partnership with other amazing community organizations, we aim to foster inclusion and appreciation of diversity by sharing these experiences and activities. We believe that a strong and inclusive sense of connection and belonging within any community is imperative to its overall success. Check us out on facebook for ongoing event posts, pics, and updates!
VOLUNTEER WITH US!
SISA is very fortunate to be located in Medicine Hat, where so many people dedicate time and energy to causes that are important to them. Volunteering is one of many ways that you can give back to your community, meet people, and continue to learn and grow!
Our Community Connections team is always on the lookout for new volunteers, from event and workshop assistance and childcare, to LINC classroom support, to individual/family mentorships – and so much in between!
Our volunteer application process includes an application and short interview, criminal record check and child intervention checks (when required), and a program orientation.
Please have a look at the brochure below, and contact us with any questions about application.