(Integrating Newcomers & others with Volunteer Opportunities to add Leadership through Education)
INVOLVE is a program that was piloted by the Regina Open Door Society (RODS) in partnership with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) and SaskCulture in 2015. RODS continues to offer the program. A provincial partnership of the Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies (SAISIA), SaskCulture and MCoS worked with Southeast Newcomer Services to offer a second pilot in Weyburn in March 2017. Incorporating learning from the two pilots, we will train facilitators to make it available in numerous communities. This training will take place April 21, 2017 in Regina.
INVOLVE began with a focus on newcomers to Canada; it can now include Indigenous people and established Canadians with limited leadership volunteer experience.
Newcomers have complex challenges in both settlement (the acclimatization and the early stages of adaptation, such as finding somewhere to live, learning the local language, getting a job, and learning to find their way around) and integration. There are fewer integration programs and services, especially in the small centres and rural areas. Successful integration is measured by how well newcomers become equal participants in all the various dimensions of society including the local cultural, economic, social and civic/political systems while preserving cultural identity; integration includes community welcome and recognition of contributions of all members, and reflection of all people and cultures in organizations, institutions, businesses and personal relationships. Integration results in a sense of belonging.
INVOLVE is truly a program in which everyone benefits.
- Gain experience that employers value
- Contribute to the community
- Develop networks and establish community connections
- Learn to have their voices heard
- Develop leadership skills
- Gain new perspectives
- Learn from someone with experience as a newcomer, so they can better serve everyone in appropriate and accessible ways
- Increase their volunteer base for the present and future
How INVOLVE Works:
- Local community organization designates a coordinator. This may be existing staff or a part-time contract.
- Recruit and select participants (CLB 4 or higher).
- Trained facilitator offers a series of interactive learning sessions to prepare participants for leadership volunteer roles in many types of community and civic organizations. It is designed as 3 full days plus a final evaluation, celebration and community networking and matching session. It was run on Saturdays in Regina.
- Engage community organizations of all types who might be looking for board members, committee members, volunteer coordinators, facilitators or other volunteer leadership positions.
- Organize supported community opportunities.
- Mentor participants and organizations
- Strong connections to newcomers and organizations in the community
- Ability to recruit 12 to 20 participants who meet the requirements of the program
- Space for training
- Staff coordinator or capacity to recruit and manage a contract for a coordinator (4 hours/week for 3 – 4 months).
Get Trained to Become an INVOLVE Facilitator!
Registration is now CLOSED. Thank you to all those who registered.
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan is hosting an INVOLVE ( Integrating Newcomers with Volunteer Opportunities to add Leadership through Education) Facilitator Training in Regina on April 21, 2017.
Where: Royal Executive Hotel, 4025 Albert St, Regina, SK S4S 3R6
This is a full day training session where we will provide you with resources and skills you require to be able to deliver INVOLVE in your organization and your community.
- A maximum of three staff attending from the same organization are acceptable for the same training.
- Deadline to register online: April 10, 2017.
- Please note, MCoS will no longer be tracking any RSVPs through email. The online registration will ensure your attendance in the training.
- Lunch is provided. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation.
- Partial travel subsidy is available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to demonstrate any subsidy need.
To register, Click here: www.picatic.com/INVOLVEfacilitatortrainingApr21
Please note only online registrations through the Picatic link provided above will be acceptable on a first-come first-serve basis for up to 25 participants.
We have a block of rooms reserved at the Royal Executive Hotel, Regina for out-of-town delegates. Please call the hotel directly at 1-800-853-1181 and quote the Code MCOS to make reservations. Rate is $124.62 plus taxes, with free parking. Rooms must be booked by April 16 for this rate (and can be cancelled without penalty up to 24 hours before arrival). Members can also make hotel reservations at any of the hotels listed here. Ask for the SaskCulture rate.
Terms & Conditions
- Training is offered FREE of charge through our Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Canada 150 project.
- Partial travel subsidy is offered. MCoS will use its discretion in approving the subsidy and it will be on a case to case basis. Participants are responsible for expressing that need and for following-up with subsidy payment after the travel date.
- For those requiring accommodation at the hotel, rooms are blocked but are not covered in the training registration.
- Breakfast is not covered.
- Ample Free Parking behind the hotel available.
- MCoS has the right to use any photos taken or videos made during this event, for any future promotional purposes. If you do not consent, you are responsible to inform the photographer.
- MCoS invites and encourages participants to share their experience at the training on social media using #WelcomeHome150.
INVOLVE Backgrounder (pdf)