Become a Public Speaking Mentor

Newcomers Speak Up for Success is part of Community Connection Mentorship Program. It is available at least once or twice a year and consists of ten weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings, from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Next series of sessions will start from October 5, 2021. We are currently recruiting mentors for the fall session. Program details and format information are available at: Newcomers Speak Up for Success page. Program Mentors will have a chance to meet and discuss action plan for the ten sessions, sometimes in late September.

Volunteer Mentors help newcomer participants practice Public Speaking and gain relevant skills in a friendly, semi-formal encouraging environment.

In addition to attending the sessions, volunteer mentors will be working together and sharing the responsibilities for each session, i.e. presenting tips and techniques, preparing speech topics, and/or other activities or tools that will keep the participants engaged and interested.

The average group size is 10 to 15 participants with 2-4 mentors. We welcome newcomer participants to come and try out their public speaking without the obligation of attending all ten sessions. However, all newcomer participants who will attend at least six sessions will receive a certificate.

Mentors are matched with participants for extra support and guidance in small groups. Small group matching also helps participants to network and connect with their peers and continue learning together.


  • Mentors must be fluent in English with knowledge and life experience in Canada of five years or more.
  • Mentors must have experience in public speaking/ presentation/ coaching and group facilitation.
  • They must have experience working with immigrants and refugees or participants of varying skill levels.
  • They must have exceptional communication and people skills and ability to engage and motivate participants.
  • We welcome mentors with creative ideas that will support the learning of the newcomer participants.
  • Mentors who are new to CultureLink are required to attend mandatory orientation session and
    apply online at MyImpactPage. We also require police clearance and reference check.

Mentors will receive certificate of appreciation at the end of the program.

Paper work for new and returning mentors – Sign off media release form and volunteer agreement which highlights their role and commitment.

Contact Rubeen for any questions or further details at:

437-249-7103 (cell); 416-588-6288 x 231 (office) | |