Member Feature #9 – Moose Jaw Multicultural Council (MJMC)

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A Closer Look

What are your mission and vision?

Mission:
The Moose Jaw Multicultural Council welcomes and integrates newcomers to Canada, develops harmonious relations among Canadians through programs and activities that recognize, respect and promote positive aspects of cultural

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The Moose Jaw Newcomer Welcome Centre is an excellent source of information for newcomers

diversity. The council seeks to discover, encourage and develop commonalities among people.
Objectives:
• To provide direct settlement, adaptation and integration services to newcomer to Canada situated in Moose Jaw and surrounding area
• The discourage racial discrimination by encouraging an understanding of and appreciation for different cultures
• To act as a forum from which newcomers issues and concerns can be collectively raised
• To promote awareness and understanding between newcomers and the community
• To promote and encourage the retention of language and culture as essential components of Multiculturalism
• To act as a consultant for cultural/ethnic groups and the general public with an interest in ethnic and cultural matters
• To promote co-operation and mutual understanding amongst all Canadians

What are the programs and services offered by your organization?

• Settlement, Information and Orientation Programs

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MJMC clients wore pink for the 2014 Pink Shirt Day Campaign. Students displayed anti-bullying messages as their way of standing up against bullying, racism and discrimination.

• Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP)
• Settlement Worker in Schools Program (SWIS)
• Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)
• Newcomer Welcome Centre
• Language Assessments
• Stage 1 & 2 Language Classes
• Employment Preparation Program
• Spanish Language Classes
• Licensed Daycare & Care for Newcomer Children Program
• Citizenship Classes
• Interpreter/Translator Bank
• Cultural Awareness & Anti-Racism Workshops
• Volunteer Opportunities
• Happy Valley Park Bookings

Whom do you serve/target with your programs and services?

We serve our community as a whole. While our clients are mainly newcomers to Canada the benefits of our programs and services are far reaching to any member of our community. We have many partners that allow us to do what we do and working together helps us to achieve a truly Welcoming Community

What are you working on right now (project, fundraiser, special event, etc)?

• Continuing to expand our SWIS program into rural communities within the Prairie South School Division
• Expanding and building upon our Care for Newcomer Children Program
• Partnering with the University of Regina to assist in agency evaluation
• Working towards building an outdoor play space for our childcare services
• First Annual International Dinner Fundraiser (September 9th 5:30PM – poster attached)
• Youth lead cultural fair planned for Multiculturalism Week

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MJMC President Mark Schnell accepts Pioneer Award from Mayor Deb Higgins at the Moose Jaw Business Excellence Awards on April 16, 2014

Do you have a call for volunteers, fundraising, employees, resources, or submissions?

We are always looking for volunteers for Motif and tutoring (especially in our classrooms). The best way to apply is to visit our main office and ask for an application form or call 1-306-693-4677.

What is one thing people may not know about your organization?

One thing people may not know about us is that we manage and take care of Happy Valley Park in Moose Jaw. Happy Valley is kind of a hidden gem in Moose Jaw and MJMC has been taking care of the park for over 25 years.

Please share a story that illustrates your organization’s impact in the community.

On April 17, 2014, the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council was awarded the Moose Jaw Business Excellence Pioneer Award; which “is designed to recognize pioneer and cornerstone business leaders in Moose Jaw & District who have demonstrated excellence over an extended period of time and whose business has contributed to the economic wellbeing of Moose Jaw and district.” Receiving this honor in the year of our 40th anniversary allowed us the invaluable opportunity to reflect upon the impact MJMC, our clients and our staff have had on the community.

MJMC offers a wide range of educational and professional resources and aid to businesses, service providers, public works and more. One of the most highly utilized of these is our

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The MJMC raises awareness within the community at Moose Jaw Sidewalk Days_edited

volunteer translators and interpreters list that is available

upon request to aid in important interactions, such as between a medical provider and a patient, in which there is a language barrier. We also regularly provide Cultural Awareness Training for various organizations and corporations as well as Anti-Racism Workshops for schools of all education levels across the city.

Furthermore, our intimate involvement with major cultural events such as the Motif Multicultural Festival and the Central Collegiate Cultural Fair (through our Settlement Workers in Schools program) affords us the opportunity to bridge newcomers and citizens of the friendly city even closer together.

What types of challenges does your organization face?

We have been very fortunate in our partnerships with funders, community partners, staff and volunteers we still have work to do in our community. However, one of our biggest challenges that we face is trying to raise awareness and convey a positive message to the entire community about newcomers and immigration, what it means, why we need it, how it benefits us all: economically, culturally, spiritually and socially. While we have programs that are aimed to raise awareness we know that we don’t reach everyone. That being said; if you or your company/organization wants to learn more please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to speak with you.

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