Over 30 volunteer mentors have an important role in supporting newcomers to settle in this region. Career mentorship, language practice, social bridges, and orientation to Canada are just a few ways our mentors help newcomers to build connections to the broader community. Established immigrants also come forward to support newcomers in their integration journey sharing their experience.
Mentorships build professional networks, create social connections, and provide cultural orientation. In addition to time and expertise, several of our volunteers have contributed to SOICS programming with computer training and Business English curriculum recognizing not only the importance of newcomer integration, but also the benefits gained from the diversity newcomers contribute to our communities.