The evolving diversity of Canada has significant implications and provides important opportunities for the voluntary sector. Organizations should ensure their volunteer pool is reflective of the diversity of their communities. This reflection will provide great advantage in maximizing their appeal and effectiveness within their communities. Prioritizing efforts to attract candidates from a diversity of communities will deepen organizational knowledge and skills for outreach, policy and program development.
Volunteering is seen as an important opportunity to particularly assist newcomers from around the world in developing and enhancing their cultural and professional integration into Canadian society and workplace. This is an opportunity for the voluntary sector to benefit from the usually strong professional and technical skills that New Canadian volunteers bring to organizations. It is important that the Sector ensures opportunities for volunteer involvement are accessible and barrier free.
On top of learning all the cultural nuances and mastering a new language, the development of social networks is important to successful settlement of new Canadians. New comers need and want to develop professional relationships in order to feel that they belong in the community and in their new country. A meaningful volunteer position can go a long way in providing these networks.
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