ANC Newsletter - Spring 2017
Celebrating Multiculturalism Week in the Province
In celebration of Multiculturalism Week in Newfoundland and Labrador, the ANC hosted a Global Tour cultural showcase to celebrate the many countries represented by newcomers attending the ESL Training Centre. The event included historical and cultural information, art, traditional clothing, flags, and music. It also included the official launch of a video featuring young newcomers who discussed their experiences of living in a new community.
Let’s Talk Business Diversity, Bonavista!
The Association for New Canadians is holding a series of lunch-hour Business Diversity Roundtables across the province to explore the intersection of immigration, culture, and economic growth. Bringing together a broad cross-section of business leaders and community stakeholders, these events highlight the socioeconomic contributions of newcomers to the province. At the same time, they also serve to identify the opportunities and challenges of integrating newcomers into the workforce.

We're pleased to announce that our fourth Roundtable will be held in Bonavista and will focus on the ways that newcomers can enhance entrepreneurship in the region. The event will take place at the Garrick Theatre's upstairs Conference Room on Monday, May 15, 2017, from 12 noon until 1:30pm.

Click here for more information or to register.
Seeking Donations for Multicultural Family Sports Day
We're seeking donations from the community to help support our Multicultural Family Sports Day event, to be held on June 30 in honour of Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day.

We are asking for financial contributions as well as donations of gently used sports equipment.

Please drop off your donations to the ANC's ESL Training Centre on Smithville Crescent.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Jon Price at (709) 579-9172 or
Seeking Donations for Summer Programming
The Association for New Canadians is seeking donations to support delivery of summer programming for refugee and immigrant children and youth.

For more information or to make a contribution,  please contact Jon Price at (709) 579-9172 / or visit our website
Government-Assisted Refugee (GAR) Update

During 2016, the ANC helped welcome and resettle 275 GARs arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador, including 181 from Syria.

The ANC is seeking interpreters for Swahili, Kiswahili, and Kirundi.  Please contact (709) 722-9680 or for information or to sign-up.
Recent Activities

St. Patrick's Day – Newcomers and staff at our ESL Training Centre got together to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with cake and refreshments and some great leprechaun costumes designed by our daycare staff.

National Flag Day In honor of National Flag Day, we asked newcomers attending our ESL Training Centre “What does the Canadian flag mean to you?” SEE WHAT THEY SAID

Valentine's Day   The ANC would like to send a sincere thanks to Dr. Pauline Duke and representatives of the MUN Med Gateway Project for hosting a Valentine’s Day party for newcomers attending the ESL Training Centre SEE MORE

Black History Month    In honor of Black History Month, newcomers attending the ESL Training Centre spent some time learning about the contributions of a number of prominent Black Canadians in our country’s history.
Volunteer with the ANC

We are in need of volunteers to support the following programs:

After School Program

Volunteers provide assistance for at least one hour per week  during the following times:
St. Theresa's         Mondays, 3:00-4:00
Leary's Brook        Tuesdays, 2:40-4:00
Bishop Abraham    Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00
St. Andrew's          Thursdays, 2:30-4:00

This Program offers homework support to newcomer children in a group environment, as well as the opportunity to participate in a variety of recreational and social activities. Volunteers assist by:    

Aiding participants with homework, assignments, and projects
Participating in group activities
Helping with event logistics (setting up, etc.) 

If you’d like to join us for this rewarding and important position, we would love to welcome you.  Click here to sign up!

Newcomer Match Program

Our Newcomer Match Program pairs volunteers with newcomers to Canada to help them adjust to life in their new community. Volunteers meet with their match for two hours per week for six months to offer: 

• An opportunity to practice English 
• Information on Canadian customs, culture, and society 
• Information on community resources 
• Insight into life in Newfoundland and Labrador

Each participant in the Newcomer Match Program has their own set of goals and, depending on these goals, volunteers may perform a number of activities, including: 

• Practicing conversational English 
• Assisting with reading and writing
• Visiting organizations/groups that are of interest to the participant 

To apply for, or to learn more about, these rewarding and engaging opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (709) 722-9680 or
Upcoming Events
Diversity Symposium – The Association is hosting its annual Diversity Symposium (the first to be held outside St. John’s) on Thursday, May 25 at the Hotel Gander. The focus for the 2017 Symposium will be diversity and the business community in Gander and around the Kittiwake Coast. Click here to register or visit our website for more information. 
Business Diversity Roundtable – We're hosting a roundtable in Bonavista with a focus on the ways that newcomers can enhance entrepreneurship in the region. The event will take place at the Garrick Theatre's upstairs Conference Room on Monday, May 15, 2017, from 12 noon until 1:30pm. Click here to register
Multicultural Family Sports Day – The ANC is hosting its fifth annual Multicultural Family Sports Day on Friday, June 30 in St. John’s. The event will bring together immigrants, refugees and the local community to participate in a day-long inter-cultural awareness event and will include a variety of family-oriented games and sports.

Computer Support Class – The ANC is offering a weekly Computer Support Class for newcomer young adults every Wednesday from 2-3:30 in the Computer Lab of our ESL Training Centre. Please contact Meghan at (709) 722-2828 or for more information.

CELPIP Testing – We're offering monthly Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Testing at our ESL Training Centre on Smithville Crescent. For more information, please contact Marlene at (709) 726-6848 or