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Spring Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Immigration Partnership Updates
  2. New Immigration Partnership Member Profile: Brockville Police Service
  3. Local Spotlight: The Town of Kemptville
  4. Partner Updates
  5. Local Celebration: Syrian Potluck Dinner
  6. Education & Employment: Training and Seminars 
  7. Community: Upcoming Events 

WHAT'S NEW

Immigration Partnership Updates

Cities of Migration and Pathways to Prosperity Community Consulation

Various stakeholders and local experts listened to the presentation from Cities of Migration.
At the beginning of March, the Immigration Partnership facilitated a combined Brockville community consultation with Cities of Migration and Pathways to Prosperity, two internationally renowned organizations researching immigration and community development best practices. Brockville was chosen for this consultation for a variety of reasons, the primary ones being the need to find solutions to address a declining population, and local labor market challenges. 

The various stakeholders, local experts, and service providers answered questions around what attracts and retains immigrants to the area, what barriers exist, and what can be done to improve local attraction and retention efforts. Presentations from both organizations highlighted their research focuses and their end-goals. The reports and toolkits created from this research will be shared with the Immigration Partnership and partners once completed.

We Are Neighbours: Around the World

Two of our youngest event participants had fun dressing up at the Chilean table!
On March 7th, the 2018 We Are Neighbours campaign wrapped up with the Around the World event. Seven participants from We Are Neighbours representing Chile, France, Iran, Ireland, Pakistan, Scotland, and Syria hosted tables representing their home countries and cultures. 

Visitors to the event spent time at each table, listening to the host, asking questions, and getting to see the different items each host had brought in to decorate their table. After fifteen minutes, people switched to the next table, giving everyone the opportunity to visit each "country" and learn about it.

A number of people came by, and a lot of great conversations, laughter, and information was shared. It was a wonderful event and an excellent wrap-up to the 2018 campaign. We Are Neighbours is an annual campaign designed to showcase the diversity of the people, experiences, and ways of life here in Leeds and Grenville. Participants share stories fitting the theme for each year, coming together in the end for a wrap-up event like Around the World.

We Are Neighbours 2019 Campaign

Poster for the 2019 We Are Neighbours campaign
We Are Neighbours is back again for 2019! This year's campaign focuses on food and culture, and the stories connected to them. We're looking for recipes and the stories behind those recipes from anyone living, working, or studying in Leeds and Grenville. Whether it's a family recipe, one you learned from a neighbour, or just your favourite, we're open to anything! Does the recipe have history in your family? Did something funny happened when you were making it? Did it create a connection between you to someone else? Whatever the story, we want to hear it!

If you're interested in participating, get in contact with us!
Contact us at lauren@eecentre.com, 613-498-2111, 105 Strowger Blvd., or on social media @LGImmigration.
The previous years' stories can be found here.

COUNCIL MEMBER FEATURE

Brockville Police Service

 
We are pleased to welcome the Brockville Police Service to the Immigration Partnership Council! Greg Francis, the Community Safety Officer, will serve as representative.

With over 180 years of service, the Brockville Police are committed to the safety of our citizens and the protection of their property. We provide 24/7 policing and emergency response. We work closely with a number of partner agencies in order to provide outstanding service, such as assistance to victims of crime and community safety.  Policing has changed over the years, as have the demographics and economics of our community. Times are changing and so must we. We are working closely with the Police Services Board, City Council and our community to ensure we meet the challenges faced at various levels.  Accordingly, the Brockville Police Service affirms and supports its intention for and adherence to:
  • The principles of equity and fairness embodied in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the Police Services Act.
  • The principles of community service and community policing embodied in the Police Services Act.
  • The principle of honest communication internally within the Police Service, as well as with our community.
  • The principle of sensitivity and compassion for victims of crime.
  • The principle of continuous improvement and education of members of the Police Service.
The mission of the Brockville Police Service is to ensure safety and security through partnerships within our Community.  We are pleased to be part of the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership Council. 

You can learn more about the Brockville Police on their website

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

The Town of Kemptville

DID YOU KNOW?
  • It was originally settled by Lyman Clothier, who bought the land and set-up a mill, which eventually caused the town to sprout up.
  • The town was originally called Clothier's Mill, but was eventually named Kemptville after Sir James Kempt, the Governor of Upper Canada at the time.
  • Kemptville is the largest community in North Grenville, with almost one quarter of North Grenville's population
  • Photo credit: P199

PARTNER UPDATES

Name Change!

New Name
1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board has changed its name to the Eastern Workforce Innovation Board! Their mission, to champion community initiatives and partnerships that best use available resources to develop a skilled, effective and adaptable local workforce remains the same! You can visit their website here.

LOCAL CELEBRATION

Syrian Potluck Dinner

In an effort to create community connections, Siobhan Brodowski of 1000 Islands B+B has begun hosting monthly potlucks that involve immigrants from different countries. The first was a Syrian potluck which also celebrated Ahmad Khadra, both for his 20 years in business with Kinda Electronics, and also for his birthday!
Siobhan Brodowski (right) of the 1000 Islands B&B hosted the Syrian Potluck, which also honour Ahmad Khadra (left) for his 20 years of owning and operating Kinda Electronics!
Siobhan, the daughter of Irish immigrants, started this monthly potluck as a way to bring members of the different communities together. She has said that with no relatives in Canada, friends became their closest support network. Thank you Siobhan for taking on such an inclusive and welcoming initiative!
Ahmad (left) receives recognition for his years in business from the offices of MP Michael Barrett, MPP Steve Clark, and the City of Brockville. Siobhan (middle) hands the scroll over, while Melissa Francis (right) of the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership assists.

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT  

Training & Seminars

Youth Job Search
May 27, 2019 from 3:00 pm—4:30 pm
South Grenville Employment Resource Centre, 191 King St. E, Prescott

 
Learn how to find, apply, and land a job as a youth! 

More information here.
 

Computer Basics

May 30, 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
CSE Consulting Kemptville, 125 Prescott Street, Kemtpville

Learn the basics of computer work, free for those registered with CSE Consulting.  

Want to know more? Click here

Second Career Information Session

June 3, 2019, 10:00am
Employment and Education Centre, 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville

Attend this information session to find out if you qualify for funding assistance for retraining.


For more info, click here
 

First Aid and CPR Level A or C with AED Training

June 4 and 5th, 2019, 8:00am to 4:30pm
St. John House, 23 Abbott Street, Brockville

Emergency or Standard First Aid with CPR Level A or C - including AED. Course being hosted by St. John Ambulance


For more info, click here
 

COMMUNITY 

Updates & Events

Refugee Sponsorship Information Session

May 29, 2019 from 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Brockville Country Club, 1548 King St. W, Brockville, ON


Join Refugees for Brockville for an information session including a panel of current sponsors to find out about how you can sponsor refugee newcomers to Brockville and area.

For more info, click here.
 

The BIG GIVE Community Event

June 1, 2019 from 8:00am to 1:00pm
Six Local Churches, Brockville
The Big Give is back again this year and everything is FREE! This includes haircuts, clothes, and children's events!
Six area churches involved. 
Brockville Transit is offering free rides for those going to and from the churches.

Spring into Summer Gently Used Clothing Bazaar

June 8, 2019 from 10:00am to 1:00pm
85 Hwy 32, Gananoque


Craving some new summery things to wear? On a shoestring? You can't do much better for style, quality & low prices than our huge collection of gently used clothing in excellent used condition. For men and women. You can try things on! Everything from floaty shawls and sheer blouses to business wear and rugged outdoor gear. Shoes, purses, great men's cotton shirts and more. All neatly organized under our tent village at the Gananoque & District Humane Society shelter, 85 Hwy 32, just north of Gananoque & the 401. From 10 am to 1 pm. Cash only. Rain date June 22.

For more information, click here.

Refugees for Brockville Presents: Human Flow

June 21, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Brockville Legion, 180 Park Street, Brockville

Refugees for Brockville invites the community to a FREE screening of Human Flow - A film about Human Migration by director and artist Ai Weiwei. 

For more details, click here

Lansdowne Textiles Festival

June 22, 2019 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Lansdowne Community Centre, 1 Jessie Street, Lansdowne


Take Time for Textiles. Come to the Textiles Festival at the Lansdowne Community Centre, 1 Jessie Street, Lansdowne, on Saturday June 22 from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $1.00. 
Come and see spinners, weavers, rug hookers, quilters and many more demonstrate their art and sell their products. Lunch will be available and served by the Lansdowne Women's Institute.

Contact Liane 613-659-4708 for more information. Sponsored by Lansdowne Association for Revitalization. 

IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

Member Organizations

These are the organizations that provide leadership to the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership.

Brockville & Area YMCA
Brockville & District Multicultural Council
Brockville Police Service
Chinese & Canadian Heritage Cultural Association
City of Brockville Economic Development
CSE Consulting
Employment + Education Centre
Francophone Immigration Support Network of East Ontario
Fulford Academy
Immetis - Services d'Immigration au Canada
KEYS Job Centre
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Foods & Rural Affairs
Refugees for Brockville Commitee
St. Lawrence College
1000 Island Workforce Development Board
Town of Prescott
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
TR Leger Immigrant Services/TR Leger Services aux Immigrants
United Counties of Leeds Grenville
Upper Canada Leger Centre
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Contact Us Today To Get Involved!
Copyright © St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5V2
P.O. Box 191
Call us: 613-498-2111 
Email us: diversity.matters@eecentre.com 

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Summer Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Immigration Partnership Updates
  2. Immigration Partnership Member Profile: Town of Prescott
  3. Local Spotlight: The Village of Delta
  4. Partner Updates
  5. Local Celebration: Culture Days
  6. Hiring Foreign Workers
  7. Education & Employment: Training and Seminars 
  8. Community: Upcoming Events 

WHAT'S NEW

Immigration Partnership Updates

We Are Neighbours 2019 Campaign

Recipe Card for the 2019 We Are Neighbours campaign
The 2019 campaign of We Are Neighbours is well under way! We've had recipes and stories from people originally from Iran, Germany, Jamaica, and more! There's still time to get involved if you're interested.
We're looking for recipes and the stories behind those recipes from anyone living, working, or studying in Leeds and Grenville. Whatever the story, we want to hear it!

If you're interested in participating, get in contact with us!
Contact us at lauren@eecentre.com, 613-498-2111, 105 Strowger Blvd., or on social media @LGImmigration.
The previous years' stories can be found here.
Participant Info Card for the 2019 We Are Neighbours campaign

5th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

Poster for the 5th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award
Nominations are now open for the 5th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award! To nominate someone, they must:
     *Have been born outside Canada
     *Be the owner/operator of an active business in Leeds and Grenville
     *Live in Leeds and Grenville
To nominate, you just need the name of the person being nominated and their business. Nominations can be send through social media @LGImmigration, email lauren@eecentre.com, phone 613-498-2111 ex 261, or in-person at 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville.
Nominations are due September 13th, so don't delay!

COUNCIL MEMBER FEATURE

The Town of Prescott

 
The Town of Prescott looks forward to working with the St. Lawrence - Rideau Immigration Partnership, as part of our ongoing efforts to welcome and support cultural diversity in our community; through the attraction and support of new and existing residents and businesses.

Our community offers the perfect combination of rural and urban living for newcomers and immigrants.  With a diverse business and population base of 4,222 residents, Prescott is quickly becoming a destination of choice.  Its prime location along the 401 corridor and St. Lawrence River, just an hour south of Ottawa between Toronto & Montreal and ten minutes from a Canada-US border crossing, connects Prescott with both North American and global markets.

The Town’s municipal services and supports, and its many community/business organizations and clubs, provide a broad range of services, programs and volunteer opportunities to support new immigrants. 

Prescott’s quality of life is second to none; featuring a wide assortment of waterfront and interior parks, a sandy beach, trails and greenspaces; numerous recreation facilities and programs; a wide mix of heritage and modern affordable housing options; attractions and points of interest including the Fort Wellington National Historic Site; events and activities appealing to all ages and interests; a broad mix of services, retailers and ethnic/local dining options; entrepreneur and business development opportunities, and countless other advantages.

Visit our website at www.prescott.ca and St. Lawrence Immigration Network at www.leedsgrenvilleimmigration.ca to learn more about the many resources and programs to support community newcomers, immigrants, businesses and entrepreneurs. 

We look forward to welcoming immigrants and newcomers to our community and supporting the work of the St. Lawrence - Rideau Immigration Partnership Council!

Dana Valentyne, Economic Development Officer, Town of Prescott
dvalentyne@prescott.ca | 613-925-2812 Ext. 6221

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

The Village of Delta

DID YOU KNOW?
  • It was originally settled by settlers from Vermont, one of whom built a mill in 1796.
  • The old stone mill that Delta is known for wasn't built until 1810.
  • In 1830, the first Delta Fair was held, a tradition that has continued annually until today!
  • Photo credit: Brian Ridgway

PARTNER UPDATES

New Chairs

Welcoming New Co-Chairs
Refugees for Brockville has welcomed Naomi McNeill and Melissa Francis as Co-Chairs after Jackie Schoemaker-Holmes recently stepped down as Chair of the Committee. The Committee thanks Jackie for her incredible passion and dedication to the local newcomer families. Naomi and Melissa have been long-time Refugees for Brockville members and look forward to working with sponsorship groups, newcomers, and the Brockville community. Refugees for Brockville is a municipally-backed community-based umbrella organization that supports Brockville refugee sponsorship groups that are working to welcome, settle, and include newcomers. You can visit the Refugees for Brockville website here.

LOCAL CELEBRATION

Culture Days: September 28th

Artists of all descriptions, dancers, musicians, artisans, heritage and community organizations fill King West Village in Brockville’s premier community street festival celebrating arts, culture and heritage. There is something for everyone and everyone welcome. Brockville is joining thousands of other communities across the country as we celebrate the importance of arts and culture in our area. This is a free event, and the Immigration Partnership will have a table there!
A traditional Irish dance is demonstrated and tried out by visitors to Culture Days!
Culture Days is more than just arts, it's a celebration of Canadian culture, and the cultures that have formed and influenced the people who live here, whether they were born in Canada or came to this country later in life. It's an opportunity to both share and learn about other cultures, through art and other mediums. Don't miss it!

For more information, contact Russ Disotell at penruss@sympatico.ca or check out the Culture Days website.

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT  

Training & Seminars

Roadmap to Apprenticeship
September 10, 2019 from 1:00 pm—3:00 pm
Employment and Education Centre, 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville

 
Earn While You Learn
What is an apprenticeship?
What careers are available?
Can I write my own future?

More information here.
 

Continuing Education Courses

September 10- December 19, 2019
St. Lawrence College, 2288 Parkedale Ave., Brockville

Choose from hundreds of courses online or on campus that include everything from learning to make pottery to planning for retirement!


For more info and to see available courses, click here
 

Second Career Information Session

September 16, 2019, 10:00am
Employment and Education Centre, 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville

Attend this information session to find out if you qualify for funding assistance for retraining.


For more info, click here
 

First Aid and CPR Level A with AED Training

September 30, 2019
St. John House, 23 Abbott Street, Brockville

Emergency or Standard First Aid with CPR Level A - including AED. Course being hosted by St. John Ambulance


For more info, click here
 

Food Handler Certificate

October 21, 2019 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit, 458 Laurier Boulevard, Brockville


Become a certified food handler or supervisor.

Want to know more? Click here

COMMUNITY 

Updates & Events

Lansdowne Horse Festival

September 7, 2019 from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Lansdowne Fairgrounds, 1186 Prince St, Lansdowne, ON
Lansdowne Association for Revitalization presents the Lansdowne Horse Festival. We have teamed up with a group of experienced equestrians to plan a fun filled day with a hands on equestrian learning experience for both adults and children.

Ask a Pharmacist

September 7, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville, ON


Drop by the Library and talk to a Rexall pharmacist about your health questions. Free.

For more info, click here.
 

The New Canadian Curling Club Play

September 27-October 20, 2019
Thousand Islands Playhouse, 185 South Street, Gananoque, ON


A HIT COMEDY THAT HURRIES HARD 
Inspired by the local refugee resettlement program, a small town organizes a Learn-to-Curl class to welcome newcomers..

For more info, click here.

Pump-Gan-Fest

September 28, 2019 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Town Hall Park, 30 King St E, Gananoque, ON


Fun filled day of games for kids, entertainment, vendors and a fabulous display of pumpkins. Come one, come all!

For more information, click here.

Prescott Town Hall Terror

October 5-26, 2019 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Prescott Town Hall Terror, 360 Dibble St W Prescott, Prescott, ON

 
A Fundraiser with 90% going back into Prescott 360 Dibble St W Prescott 2nd Floor Town Hall Building Food Bank Donations accepted as well and will get entered into door prizes. $5 Adult $2 Child

For more details, click here

IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

Member Organizations

These are the organizations that provide leadership to the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership.

Brockville & Area YMCA
Brockville & District Multicultural Council
Brockville Police Service
Chinese & Canadian Heritage Cultural Association
City of Brockville Economic Development
CSE Consulting
Employment + Education Centre
Francophone Immigration Support Network of East Ontario
Frank Onasanya: Immigrant Representative
Fulford Academy
Immetis - Services d'Immigration au Canada
Kashif Riaz: Immigrant Representative
KEYS Job Centre
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Foods & Rural Affairs
Refugees for Brockville Commitee
St. Lawrence College
1000 Island Workforce Development Board
Town of Prescott
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
TR Leger Immigrant Services/TR Leger Services aux Immigrants
United Counties of Leeds Grenville
Upper Canada Leger Centre
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Contact Us Today To Get Involved!
Copyright © St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5V2
P.O. Box 191
Call us: 613-498-2111 
Email us: diversity.matters@eecentre.com 

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Fall Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Immigration Partnership Updates
  2. Immigration Partnership Member Profile: Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
  3. Local Spotlight: The Village of Cardinal
  4. Local Celebration: Leeds and Grenville Diversity Day
  5. Education & Employment: Training and Seminars 
  6. Community: Upcoming Events 

WHAT'S NEW

Immigration Partnership Updates

5th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

The winner of the 5th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award, Ting Tsai of Panache Bakery in Gananoque!
The winner of the 5th Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award is Ting Tsai of Panache Bakery in Gananoque! You can find her at 162 King St E, Gananoque, and her phone number is (613) 382-1412. A big congratulations to her, and to all of our finalists! They are:
Brenda Couchier of ATOR Properties (North Grenville)
 Annick Rousseau of Berry Homestead Farm (Lyndhurst) 936 Sheffield Lane, (613) 818-2972
Claudia Mathieu of Katarina's Coffee Shop (Prescott) 513 King St W, (613) 925-3100
Sam Rawas of Richard's Coffee House (Brockville) 234 King St W, (613) 345-7771
Yildiz Duman of The Turkish Restaurant (Prescott) 298 King St W, (613) 918-0101

COUNCIL MEMBER FEATURE

Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre

 
The Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre is here to help local entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Funded by the Province of Ontario, their mandate is to provide guidance and resources to entrepreneurs in their first five years of their business. They do that through business consultations, workshops, and the programs that they offer. 

Their programs include the Starter Company Plus program, which includes business planning, coaching, and a grant. They also have their Summer Company program, designed for youth to offer them a chance to start their own business for the summer, which is open to recruitment right now. Starting in 2020, they have a new pilot project that is focused on women entrepreneurship. It will offer virtual business planning and training to women entrepreneurs who are in the very early stages of their business set up. Recruitment is open, and you can contact the centre for more information or to get involved.

 Wendy and Jeanette are always happy to help, and want to welcome anyone who needs more information or who are interested in their programs. They’re excited to help you get your business off the ground!

To learn more about the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre, check out their website!

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

The Village of Cardinal

DID YOU KNOW?
  • The village was settled in the late 1700s by Captain Hugh Munro.
  • By 1843, a post office was built, and by 1851, the village had a train station connecting them to Toronto.
  • The settlement had several names, but was officially incorporated and renamed Cardinal in 1878.
  • Photo credit: P199

LOCAL CELEBRATION

Diversity Day 2019

The St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership's 5th Annual Diversity Day was held on November 27th at the Fire Hall Theatre in Gananoque. Service providers, educators, refugee sponsorship groups, municipalities, students, immigrants, and community members from across Leeds and Grenville (and Kingston!) attended.
Julia Case (Right) of TR Leger Immigrant Services speaks about the immigrant settlement journey with Melissa Francis of the Immigration Partnership (Left).
This year's theme was the immigrant settlement journey. Four immigrant speakers talked about their journeys to Canada. Frank Onasanya from North Grenville (originally from Nigeria), Jamal Saeed from Kingston (originally from Syria), Javiera Soto Breiding from Brockville (originally from Chile), and Kashif Riaz also from Brockville (originally from Pakistan) shared their challenging, joyful, funny, and emotional experiences. Julie Case of TR Leger Immigrant Services also provided a wonderful overview of the immigrant settlement journey.
Frank Onasanya (Right) speaks about his experiences as an immigrant with Melissa Francis (Left).
Jamal Saeed tells the story of how he came to Kingston from Syria.
Javiera Soto Breiding spoke about some of the differences in culture she found between Chile and Canada.
Kashif Riaz talked about his journey to Canada and to Brockville.
Lastly, a board game centred around the immigrant settlement journey was played that enabled event participants to experience the journey as international students, refugees, skilled workers, and family sponsored individuals would. The game is now available to be borrowed from the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership. There are 12 boards, and each can have up to 8 players. It was a great day, and we want to give a huge thank you to everyone who was able to attend! 
Some of our participants playing the Immigrant Settlement Journey Board Game.
The Immigrant Settlement Journey Board Game Poster

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT  

Training & Seminars

CSE Days: Open House
January 16th, 2020
CSE Consulting Kemptville, 125 Prescott St., Kemptville

 
Come see what we do!

More information here.
 

Managing Food Safety

January 21, 2019 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Employment + Education Centre, 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville


Recommended for anyone who is serving food to others, especially those who serve food to the public. This workshop meets all legislated food handler requirements. 

Want to know more? Click here

WHMIS Training

January 23, 10am-2pm
CSE Consulting Prescott, 191 King St., Prescott

Worksite Safety's Quick-Learn WHMIS online training course is ideal for individuals and employers that wish to obtain or renew their WHMIS Certification Training.


For more info, click here
 

Ins and Outs od Credit and Debt

January 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Employment + Education Centre, 105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville

Is how to manage your credit and debt a mystery? Tell us about your financial challenges and we`ll help you figure it out!


For more info, click here
 

Second Career Information Session

January 30, 9:00am-11:00am
CSE Consulting North Grenville, 125 Prescott St., Kemptville

Attend this information session to find out if you qualify for funding assistance for retraining.


For more info, click here
 

COMMUNITY 

Updates & Events

Chilean Night

January 17, 2020 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Spitfire Cafe, 10 Victoria Ave., Brockville, ON
Aperitivo: Vaina (special drink)
Tapas: Tortilla de papas, Brochetas de Choriso, manchego, aceitunas, Champinones al pil pil, Tomatada con jamon serrano
Dessert: Bavarois passion fruit.

For more info and to reserve your seat, click here!

Mental Health First Aid, Basic

January 23rd-24th, 2020 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
Brockville Country Club, 1548 King Street West, Brockville, ON


2-day Certificate course of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. $135+ hst cost includes Participant's Manual and all materials.

For more info, click here.
 

8th Annual Squash 4 Guy Tournament in Support of Cancer

January 30th - February 2nd, 2020
Country Squire Resort, 715 King St. E., Gananoque, ON


Guarantee your spot for 2020 now as only 48 players will be guaranteed a spot. Spares in all divisions will be accepted. SPECTATORS WELCOME TO WATCH ALL WEEKEND!

For more info, click here.

Brockville Winter Classic Weekend

February 14th - February 17th, 2020
Various Locations, Brockville, ON


Check out the hockey games and events happening at Rotary Park, the Brockville Memorial Centre, and more! This year featuring Detroit Red Wings alumni.

For more information, click here.

Laugh It Off Comedy with WeHaveAFace for Huntington's Disease

February 22nd, 2020 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Aquatarium Tall Ships, 6 Broad St., Brockville, ON

 
Come and enjoy an evening of Stand Up Comedy to fundraise for Huntington's Disease with WeHaveAFace Canada. Featuring Steve Love, Rob Aaron Morgan, Host Nick Burden and Headliner Wafik Nasralla.

For more details, click here

IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

Member Organizations

These are the organizations that provide leadership to the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership.

Brockville & Area YMCA
Brockville & District Multicultural Council
Brockville Police Service
Chinese & Canadian Heritage Cultural Association
City of Brockville Economic Development
CSE Consulting
Employment + Education Centre
Every Kid in Our Communities
Francophone Immigration Support Network of East Ontario
Frank Onasanya: Immigrant Representative
Fulford Academy
Immetis - Services d'Immigration au Canada
Kashif Riaz: Immigrant Representative
KEYS Job Centre
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Foods & Rural Affairs
Refugees for Brockville Commitee
St. Lawrence College
1000 Island Workforce Development Board
Town of Prescott
TR Leger Immigrant Services/TR Leger Services aux Immigrants
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
Upper Canada Leger Centre
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Contact Us Today To Get Involved!
Copyright © St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5V2
P.O. Box 191
Call us: 613-498-2111 
Email us: diversity.matters@eecentre.com 

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Winter Newsletter

IN THIS ISSUE

  1. Immigration Partnership Updates
  2. Immigration Partnership Member Profile: Every Kid in Our Communities
  3. Local Spotlight: The Village of Burritts Rapids
  4. Local Celebration: International Women's Day
  5. Immigration Research: At A Glance
  6. Education & Employment: Training and Seminars

WHAT'S NEW

Immigration Partnership Updates

FUNDING APPROVED!
Over the past few months, the Immigration Partnership has been in funding negotiations with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Funding has been approved for another five years which will allow the Immigration Partnership to continue its' work to support newcomers, communities and partners throughout Leeds and Grenville. 

COUNCIL MEMBER FEATURE

Every Kid in Our Communities

 
Every Kid in our Communities is a coalition of over thirty agencies and organizations “working together so that all children and youth in Leeds-Grenville are “safe, healthy and valued.”
The coalition which has been in existence for about 15 years is based on the belief that we do better when we work together.
EKIOC initiatives over the years have included:
  • Read to Every Kid – a project that encourages parents to read aloud to their children. The project ran for ten years and involved all Leeds-Grenville libraries, agencies, child care centres and schools.
  • Triple P – an evidence-based programme to support parents of children and teens
  • Asset Builders – an initiative that recognizes people in the community who make a difference in the lives of children and youth
  • Start with Hello – an initiative that builds relationships between adults and youth.
We have conducted surveys and focus groups with youth, provided community information for families as their children entered school, worked with community partners to ensure that families can find the support they need, shared community data to inform our work, advocated to government at all levels for policies that better support families, provided joint professional development on a variety of topics and built community partnerships to address needs.
For further information contact EKIOC community coordinator Margaret Fancy at 613-340-8681 or coordinator@everykid.on.ca

Immigration Research

At A Glance

IRCC shares immigration related studies and articles through the Research at a Glance email list. Research at a Glance is designed to inform the IRCC community and other interested parties about recently published reports and policy-relevant research from government, academia and non-governmental organizations.

Here is one such release: You can subscribe to Research at a Glance by emailing research-recherche@cic.gc.ca (Note: articles arrive daily).

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

The Village of Burritts Rapids

DID YOU KNOW?
  • The village was settled in the late 1700s by Stephen and David Burritt.
  • Burritts Rapids is half in North Grenville, half in Rideau Township as it straddles the river.
  • It's the oldest settlement on the Ottawa River.
  • Photo credit: BurrittsRapids.ca

LOCAL CELEBRATION

International Women's Day 2020

March 8 is International Women's Day, a global day of recognition celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and girls, and raising awareness of the work left to be done. Empowering women and girls to equally participate in economic, social and political life benefits people of all genders. It increases economic prosperity, promotes peace and security, upholds fairness and justice in our society, and ultimately creates happier and healthier communities.
The Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre hosted an International Women's Day Luncheon on March 10th at the Brockville Country Club.
There were events happening throughout Leeds and Grenville in honour of International Women's Day. There was the Generation Celebration in Lyndhurst on the 8th and the International Women's Day Luncheon on March 10th in Brockville.
Poster for the Multi-Generational Women's Day event happening at Furnace Falls in Lyndhurst.
We hope you had the chance to celebrate the women in your life, and the awesome women who have made a difference in your community, country, and the world!

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT  

Training & Seminars

Coursera
Offering free access to Coursera for Campus for any university or college affected by Corona virus.
 
They also offer courses for business and collaborate with major companies like Google, IBM, and more.

More information here.
 

EdX

Offers free courses from major universities in North America and around the world.

Take courses in various subjects to upgrade your skills, follow your passion, or just to learn.

Want to know more? Click here

Scholastic Learn at Home

Offering free online activities and learning for pre-K to Grade 6+

New activities are added daily, and previous days are archived on the website.


For more info, click here
 

E-Learning for Kids

Offers free lessons and games for children online.
Lets you search by grade level, and subject to find the lessons that are right for you and your children.

For more info, click here
 

IMMIGRATION PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL

Member Organizations

These are the organizations that provide leadership to the St. Lawrence-Rideau Immigration Partnership.

Brockville & Area YMCA
Brockville & District Multicultural Council
Brockville Police Service
Chinese & Canadian Heritage Cultural Association
City of Brockville Economic Development
CSE Consulting
Employment + Education Centre
Every Kid in Our Communities
Francophone Immigration Support Network of East Ontario
Frank Onasanya: Immigrant Representative
Fulford Academy
Immetis - Services d'Immigration au Canada
Kashif Riaz: Immigrant Representative
KEYS Job Centre
Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit
Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Foods & Rural Affairs
Refugees for Brockville Commitee
St. Lawrence College
1000 Island Workforce Development Board
Town of Prescott
TR Leger Immigrant Services/TR Leger Services aux Immigrants
United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
Upper Canada Leger Centre
Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau
Contact Us Today To Get Involved!
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Our mailing address is:
105 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5V2
P.O. Box 191
Call us: 613-498-2111 
Email us: diversity.matters@eecentre.com 

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