Volunteering & New Comers to the City of Prince George

This month, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting more than 50 new comers to the City of Prince George during two events:

  • The College of New Caledonia’s International Student Spring Fair.
  • The Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society’s (IMSS) Spring Job Fair.
Logo for Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society. Learn more at http://www.imss.ca/.
Logo for Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society. Learn more at http://www.imss.ca/.

IMSS estimates that there are 2700 individuals who will need support as new members of our community.  So, how can volunteers in our community help new comers?  So far, I’ve been involved with two great volunteer projects that assist new comers to Prince George:

  • Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) Network – Learn more through the article “Project seeks immigration partnerships” in the Prince George Citizen on March 4, 2016.
  • ConnectPG – Volunteers help newcomers to Prince George find positive relationships, opportunities, and support within their first few weeks in our city.
Thompson Ayodele is the local immigration partnership liaison at the Immigration and Multicultural Services Society. - Citizen photo by James Doyle - See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/project-seeks-immigration-partnerships-1.2191290#sthash.xDroDyeM.dpuf
Thompson Ayodele is the local immigration partnership liaison at the Immigration and Multicultural Services Society. – Citizen photo by James Doyle – See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/project-seeks-immigration-partnerships-1.2191290#sthash.xDroDyeM.dpuf

As an organization, when you practice being culturally welcoming, you encourage new comers themselves to volunteer.  Volunteering could be considered one of the most fundamental acts of citizenship in Canada and offers incredible benefits:

  • Becoming part of the community family and meeting new people!
  • Using current skills and gaining experience for future careers!
  • Practicing language skills and building self-confidence!
  • Keeping active and enjoying a happier and healthier life!

How are you helping new comers to our community?  Do you want to learn more about helping new comers to our community? Please connect with me at volunteerpg@telus.net or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VolunteerPG.

Take care,

Sarah Foot

General Manager

Volunteer Prince George

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