CultureLink’s Community Connections is a service stream that enables professional settlement workers to partner with local government, organizations, and individuals, including newcomers, to build stronger communities. To better facilitate newcomers’ settlement and integration, the program places settlement workers right in the community portals. In addition to CultureLink’s main office location, Community Connections serves newcomers at 28 schools, three libraries, and one Public Health office.
The Community Connections programs serve a wide spectrum of clientèle: it encompasses youth services and senior services. In between, settlement support to newcomer parents and adults of all age groups are provided by our school and library settlement programs, and the Newcomer Settlement Program (NSP), a provincial program specializing in assisting refugees. While other programs under this stream focus on addressing newcomers’ immediate settlement needs, the Community Connections Mentorship Program emphasizes fostering newcomers’ citizenship awareness and their participation in community-building. The far-reaching and intertwined connections this service stream has developed are effectively transforming our society into a more welcoming and inclusive community.