Refugee Integration Project


In order to meet the demand of a larger influx of refugees accessing services at our Centre and respond to the offers of volunteer support from the community at large, the Centre for Newcomers created a volunteer-led response. This offers the ability for refugees on wait-lists to still be in touch with the Centre, gain networking skills and learn about the community. Volunteers are involved in the integration process through networking and building community with newcomers. Centre staff act as liaisons to assist the volunteers, coordinate efforts and invite refugee clients to activities and events.
 
Conversation Club at CFN
Conversation Club volunteers & refugee students
Having fun at St Patrick's Park
Summer fun at St Patrick's Park

Conversation Club and Basic Computer Classes (Every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30pm)
Coordinated by the Settlement Practitioner for Refugee Integration:
  • We provide interactive activities to open opportunities where refugee clients can gain self-confidence expressing themselves in English. This will be supported by introducing computer literacy classes that suit their levels. This is facilitated in a peer support environment.
  • Volunteer roles are: Conversation Club Facilitation/Support, Computer Class Facilitation/Support, Childcare room support, and interpretation (Amharic, Arabic, Spanish, Tigrinya, etc.).
Field Trips to the Calgary Tower, TELUS Spark Centre, Calgary Zoo, etc.
  • This is meant to help refugees familiarize themselves with Calgary and know their new community.
  • Practice what they have learned in the conversation club and computer classes to read maps.
  • Volunteers will serve as tour guides, attendance control, interpretation and accompany clients to the trips.
Family Connections. Get matched with a family to provide extra settlement support.
To join the program, please contact us at email: refugeeintegration@centrefornewcomers.ca
or call: 403-648-2224
Planting trees
Planting trees 
Classroom interactive studying
Interactive Conversation Club at CFN
On a field trip to a Heritage Park
On a field trip to the Heritage Park
At Stampeders game
At Stampeders game