Dear Friend of ICA,
As I write this message to you, we are beginning to see the benefits of the adjustments we have all made to maintain safe physical distances and limit our interactions with others by staying home as much as possible. I know this is a difficult time for everyone and I'm grateful for the commitment you have all made in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Since my last update, our teams at ICA have been working to adapt programs for online and over the phone delivery in an effort to keep our communities connected, students progressing with their English classes and our clients supported with the critical services they need.
Youth and Family Services team responded quickly to keep youth connected and established the Culture Catch-up every Tuesday and Thursday, a regular check-in for youth 15-25 using the Zoom platform and in April they added the Landing Spot for youth 6+ as well as regularly scheduled virtual drop-in programs for all ages.
LINC English classes are now delivered online and after just two weeks the teachers and students are adjusting well to this new way of working and class attendance has been strong and is growing despite the barriers many have of access to computers and abilities to work comfortably in a digital environment. We are working with funders to help reduce these barriers by finding ways to supply computers and offer training to those who need additional support to use the technology effectively.
I encourage you to visit our
COVID-19 Updates page of the website frequently for information on our programs and service delivery, as well as read our
Blog posts and follow our social media platforms like Facebook, where you can learn more about everything we, and our partners, are doing as we continue to add more virtual programs like the
Youth Employment Program that starts back up in June or the
WORC for Women program that will begin virtual delivery in late May.
These are challenging times. I want to personally thank everyone who is supporting our work at ICA. I know that by working together we will find new ways to thrive as we continue to build a vibrant, diverse, inclusive and welcoming community here in the Capital Region.
We have a ways to go before restrictions and social distancing protocols will start to ease, but we know that these measures are working, so please stay safe and thank you for all you are doing to help make our great community a healthier place for everyone.
Jean McRae, CEO
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria