Over half of adults in Toronto are born outside of Canada. Through the unique partnership between CultureLink Settlement Services and Cycle Toronto, cyclists are helping make Toronto more welcoming for newcomers, and newcomers are experiencing more of Toronto by bike.
In Bike Host, we match volunteer mentors with newcomer “mentees” who cycle and have similar interests. They also contribute in Bike Host projects. This is a great opportunity for the newcomers to gain some Canadian Experience while enjoying fun and healthy outdoor activities. Group rides and tours, social events, training sessions – it’s all free! The focus of this year’s activities is in west Toronto.
Mentors exercise and develop their skills in communication and project management, while helping more people discover the personal, community and ecological benefits of cycling. Everyone who completes the program receives a certificate and a reference letter on request.
Training for this year’s mentors is coming up in May and newcomers will invited to be matched with mentors in June. Please contact us today at cycling @ culturelink.ca, if you wish to be involved.
Highlights and media coverage
You can read stories of Bike Host experiences from 2012 in this issue of the Welcoming Community News”.
You can view Bike Host highlights from 2011 at: Bike Host 2011 Highlights.
Bike Host is offered by CultureLink Settlement Services and Cycle Toronto in collaboration with the Toronto Cycling Think and Do Tank and Evergreen. It is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.