Through our community connections services, we match clients and mentors based on criteria such as similar interests, age, professional background, and occupation. Although the majority of the matches are catered to improve language skills, these matches also provide an avenue for the participants to build friendships and connections. Mentors support and encourage mentees in their goals, connect them to established Canadians, expose them to different perspectives, and share information on:
- Canadian workplace culture and occupational practices
- Local job market and networking opportunities
- Social and workplace communication skills
- Role of public institutions and surrounding community resources
- Local culture and values
Mentors complete an application package, complete a criminal record check and provide two references. We provide mentor training to individuals who are able, willing and keen to assist immigrants in connecting them with resources that help support their integration into the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. The training session also introduces the mentors to our policies, cultural sensitivity elements, and confidentiality protocols. Upon completion of all formalities, mentors are contacted to discuss position placement, availability and options.
Community connection activities are catered towards individual client needs and/or interests. Opportunities include:
- One-on-one tutoring and/or group sessions
- Test preparation
- Conversation club (summer months only)
- Career mentoring
If you would like to learn more about the mentorship program, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer mentor, please call or visit one of our offices.
Currently we are not accepting mentor applications. All positions are full.