Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Multicultural resources & connections

Yesterday, at the Centre for Education (aka The Blue Building), tables were set up to diplay many multi-cultural organizations and services.  I enjoyed looking through the displays and chatting with the community leaders. Supporting and celebrating diversity in our community is a core belief of mine. I encourage you to play an active role in ensuring that everyone feels welcome, included and supported.  Diversity in nature is a source of strength and sustainability-- it is the same in our schools, communities and our province.

Here are some of the resources I picked up. Feel free to contact the organizations for more information.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters: "One hour each week" Kids need positive role models. It's just that simple. Nearly 1000 children and youth in the Edmonton area are waiting for a mentor. http://www.bbbsedmonton.org/. or call: 780-424-8181.

ASSIST Community Services Centre: offering children and family programs for Chinese families, especially targetting children aged 0-5. Programs available in both Cantonese and Mandarin (parents group, raising children through songs & stories, moms' chatroom, family-based group activities.)  location: 9649-105A Ave., Edmonton http://www.assistcsc.org/ 780424-7837.  Glen Wong, Senior Manager. glen.wong@assistcsc.org

SMART CHOICES (Recognizing Problem Gambling); supported by ASSIST and Alberta Health Services Addictions and Mental Health.  Educates children grades K-12 to recognize problem gambling and teaches them how to avoid becoming a problem gambler. Drama presentation, Workshops, Picture & Poetry contest.
For more info contact: Dereje Berenda (DJ) 780-429-3111 ext 306, dereje.berenda@assistcsc.org
If someone you care about is suffering from a gambling problem call: 1-866-332-2322 (Alberta Health)

Centre for Race and Culture. "Eliminate racial discrimination, Increase cultural understanding."
Resources, workshops, research, challenges and programs for teachers, youth, employers, parents, schools and others.  Programming for all grades. Documentary and user-manuals available.
Programming includes:
    Keshoutu Leadership Academy (leadership training for African-Canadian youth, 14-18 yrs,  using the performing arts. Junetta Jamerson coordinator. jjamerson@cfrac.com).
    Bamboo Shield (skills for Adolescence with Aboriginal, Immigrant and Refugee youth and parents)
    Aboriginal Attendance Circle (Traditional Aboriginal processes to help youth stay in school)
Centre location: #4- 10865- 96 Street, Edmonton, Email: info@cfrac.com. Phone: 780-425-4644.
website: http://www.cfrac.com/     Richardo Carlos, Program Manager: ricardo@cfrac.com

The Family Centre: "Everyone can succeed. For over 65 years, the Family Centre has been helping Alberta families, communities and workplaces make positive choices that lead to successful outcomes. Our mission is to foster healthy individuals, healthy homes, schools & workplaces, healthy communities and neighbourhoods." Services include: counselling, play therapy, anger management for children and teens, postpartum depression support group, in home parenting support, parenting education courses, specialized homes,  couselling for couples, marriage preparation, groups for working through divorce/separation, courses for step-parenting, mediation, worksite team building, in home senior support, language interpretation and translation, employee assistance programs, support for parents of sexually abused children, support for children who have witnessed violence, critical incident stress debriefing. 
Office: #20, 9912-106 St, Edmonton. 780-423-2831. website: http://www.the-family-centre.com/ 
email: tfc@the-family-centre.com
All inquiries and client discussions are held in strict confidence.

Islamic Family and Social Services Association
#85, 4003 98 Street. 780-462-9770
Jordanna Aboughoche, Fostering Health Families Program Coordinator, Family_Violence@telus.net
"Established in 1992, Islamic Family and Social Services Association (IFSSA), is a non-profit registered charity dedicated to providing services in response to the social needs of the Edmonton community within an Islamic context."
Services include:
Fostering Healthy Families Program

Counselling Services
Resources for Newcomers
Foodbank, Clothing and Household Items
Youth Development and Parent Education Program

Welcome Centre for Immigrants
#335, Tower II, Millbourne Market Mall
7609 38 Ave, Edmonton

Multi-cultural Health Brokers
Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative Ltd.

Phone: (780) 423-1973 Fax: (780) 428-2748 Email: mchb@mchb.org
10867 – 97 Street, Edmonton, AB T5H 2M6
"Connecting families and communities to resources for health and well being. Our Mandate:
To support immigrant and refugee individuals and families in attaining optimum health through relevant health education, community development and advocacy."
The MCHB Co-op is committed to:
Direct Responsiveness and Accountability: We are responsible and accountable to the families and communities we serve.
Equity and Social Justice: We strive to work for equitable access for those who are marginalized from resources and opportunities in society.
Democratic Governance We participate fully in the operations and decision-making of the organization.

Who is a Multicultural Health Broker?

A bilingual and bicultural member of the community who:
-Provides linguistic interpretation and cultural clarification
-Helps families access services and resources within the health and social service system
-Connects families to cultural community groups and resources
-Supports community development

1 comment:

rjkoopmans said...

Might I suggest folks type in www.dutchcanadiancentre.com on the internet Sue. Then they can explore the Peter Lougheed Multicultural Village. The Dutch Club has the Icelandic nations with it in a co-ownership format. This has brought diversity to the club.

Rory J. Koopmans