Community News from the RRLIP Project

Hello Regina Community Members!

The Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership (RRLIP Project) strengthens and supports the community’s efforts to welcome, settle and integrate newcomers. In the last Newcomer Survey, we learned that many people do not know about programs in the community and/or how to access them. 


The goal of these regular emails is to increase awareness of and access to relevant programs, services and events that enhance and support newcomer settlement in Regina.


We want to hear from you! Please let us know about upcoming community activities, programming, trainings, etc. Also, we'd appreciate feedback about the newsletters. Contact [email protected]



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SURVEY FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EVER BEEN A NEWCOMER



One of the RRLIP's local priorities, outlined in the RRLIP's Action Plan, is Mental and Emotional Wellness.


The survey is short - it takes an average of 10-12 minutes - and addresses what participants have experienced both before and after coming to Canada, as well as asking them to provide their feedback about what supports work, what they would like to see in supports, as well as preferred ways of delivering them. It asks about topics of concern, and how to best get information out to the community in a culturally-sensitive way.  This is an opportunity for participants to voice concerns, suggestions, and ideas totally anonymously. We know that needs change during the settlement journey, so are hoping to get a wide range of responses.  

 

We will be sharing the results with the service-providing organizations and the community, so this feedback can be considered in future planning.  


PLEASE share this widely with anyone who is eligible.


The Survey date has been extended to Feb 19, 2024!



Survey link:

 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6QFWCYK



Contact Deborah: [email protected] for more information

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 2023 COMMUNITY FAIR

FOR NEWCOMERS

 

The purpose of this event is to provide newcomers to Canada (Immigrants and Refugees) with information on services and resources available to them within their community.


For the last few years, the Fair has provided great opportunities for Regina community organizations to meet with immigrant and refugee newcomers and promote their services and programs.


This year, the Fair is in-person, and RODS staff are excited to invite organizations into their building and connect them to their clients and any other newcomers who would like to find out what is available to support them in Regina.

  

The Community Fair will be held:

 

November 2nd , 2023

 11:00 am to 5:00 pm


 2114 - 11th Avenue

FREE Registration Here

As a Leadership Coach you gain the skills and knowledge to implement Take the Lead! by mentoring Youth Leaders through guided instruction. Because of your efforts, Youth Leaders will be equipped to plan and facilitate play that is fun, safe, inclusive and active for children of all ages in both school and community settings.

Take the Lead! is an SPRA offering with endorsement from Physical & Health Education Canada.

Take the Lead!

Leadership Coach Training



Designed for adults, educators and community leaders who want to build youth leadership among children ages 11-14.


Offered by: Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association


Fri, Nov 10, 2023

9:00 am - 4:00 pm CST


Four Points by Sheraton Regina

2415 Dewdney Avenue Regina, SK


  • 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket



Registration deadline is November 7.


HOMEGROWN SUCCESS EVENT NOVEMBER 8


Ramada Plaza

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.


9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Lunch is also included.

Tickets are $75 plus taxes.


Whether you’re a worker, an employer, or a policymaker, you won’t want to miss this important, insightful half-day session.


Featuring key thought leaders from the public, private, and post-secondary education sectors, this fall’s  Homegrown Success: State of Labour in Regina event brings together insights, analysis, and action on Regina’s labour market challenge.

 

As part of the event, EDR President and CEO Chris Lane will present EDR’s research on the extent, causes, and impacts of the city’s skilled labour shortage – as well as market research and creative positioning for its upcoming talent attraction campaign.

The roster of speakers includes Janet Lane, Canada West Foundation’s Director of the Human Capital Centre.

 

Janet is a subject matter expert in literacy and essential skills development and in leading programs and organizations in the literacy field. Her education, experience and proven track record for growing organizations contributes to her ability to connect human development with the skills and competencies that western Canadian industries need.


To register, click HERE.


GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY GROUP THAT SERVE SENIORS


For a second year, the Government of Saskatchewan is investing $250,000 in grant funding for organizations and community groups that serve seniors.


The Facilitating Independence of Older Adults in the Community granting program encourages the development and testing of new ways to support seniors in maintaining independence in their own homes, with the goal of using these approaches in other communities. The program is led by the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism (SSM) in partnership with the Ministry of Health. 


While more than 90 per cent of seniors live independently and would prefer to stay in their homes, some face challenges accessing supportive services, such as home maintenance, yard care, home-based health services, transportation, and meal preparation.


The grant program supports local, community-based programs seeking to develop and test new ways of addressing these issues to support senior citizens. 

 

Information on the application process will be available soon on the SSM website. 


List of projects that received funding in 2022/23


See the original article here



Application form here.


Applications must be received by November 25, 2023.


CHECK YOUR HEALTH CARD!


2023 is health card renewal year!



eHealth is mailing out renewal stickers to eligible residents. Residents should receive their package by October 31.


These renewal stickers must be put on your health card (cover the old sticker).


Without updated stickers, most health cards and health coverage will expire on December 31, 2023.


Make sure your information is up to date with eHealth to ensure you receive your renewal stickers.


If information, like your mailing address, has changed, update it online at ehealthsask.ca,

or call 1-800-667-7551 or

email [email protected]


All-Nations Career Fair


Tuesday Nov 14, 2023



10:00 am - 5:30 pm

 


Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre (Ballroom)

1975 Broad St.

 

Free Admission for all Job-Seekers

SHA Patient Booking System: 

Make Online Appointments


This system allows you to book SHA health care services such as COVID-19 vaccines, Flu shots, COVID-19 tests and Lab/ECG appointments online.


Book Appointments here


If you do not have a provincial health card, email address or cell phone number, you can call 1-833-727-5829 to book COVID-19 vaccines or Lab/ECG appointments.

FREE eLearning for Charities


OWL (Open World Learning) is offering free online courses and programs for registered Canadian and US charities!


Join OWL at owl.inc to train staff, volunteers, and board members in: Equity Diversity Inclusion (EDI), HR Compliance, Board Governance, Mental Health & Well-Being, Leadership Soft Skills, and more.


Charities on OWL can also apply for a free branded learning platform to build your own eLearning library and share access with clients too!



LEARN MORE

LOCAL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS for NEWCOMERS - on the RRLIP website



One of the RRLIP's local priorities, outlined in the RRLIP Action Plan, is employment. 


Links and contact information for local employment programs and services for newcomers can be found at the link:


https://rrlip.ca/pages/employment-programs-services


The page has links to organizations such as RODS, CFS Regina, RIWC, RPL, etc. where you can get information on the latest programs being offered.



Information is constantly being updated, as the organizations have MANY programs for newcomers looking for employment.



SPORT VENTURE OPEN HOUSE


Come tour the Sports Lending Library (free sports equipment to borrow) and learn more about the FREE SPORTS PROGRAMS for kids!


2730 - 5th Ave

Friday, November 17th

1-5 pm

HERITAGE FAIRS - 2024

Kids and Teens - Opportunity to Research History and Win Prizes


Check out the Heritage Fairs website for more updates about the upcoming Heritage Fairs season and to see last year's projects for continued learning and inspiration! If you have an idea, want to check out some history and tell a story - this is your chance!


Mark your calendars:

April 24 - Virtual Heritage Fair submission deadline

April 30-May 1 - Saskatoon Regional Heritage Fair

May 8 - Moose Jaw Regional Heritage Fair

Date TBA - Regina Regional Heritage Fair

June 5 - Provincial Heritage Fair at Government House!


Contact Katherine Gilks for further information.

Destination Life Game

(English, French and Spanish)


Youth from British Columbia to New Brunswick created the gameDestination Life, where you move through Canada figuring out the best way to get through life’s obstacles. 


Especially for young people!

https://mindyourmind.ca/


A website for youth in Canada, with mental and emotional wellness supports, stories, ideas, games and information.





You can learn more about this program by visiting RODS webpage here: https://rods.sk.ca/pages/yess

YESS Program - YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SKILLS AND STRATEGY


November 27, 2023 to January 30, 2024 followed by a 6-week work placement.


The YESS Program combines eight weeks of paid employment-skills classroom training with six weeks of paid work placement.



Eligibility:

  • Ages 15 to 30
  • Permanent resident, refugee, or Canadian citizen in Canada for 5 years or less
  • Assessed at a CLB 5 or higher
  • Unemployed or under-employed with barriers to gaining employment in your field


To be accepted, you must attend 1 information session. Use a link below.

 

Information Session #1 November 8 10:00 AM

https://rods-sk-ca.zoom.us/j/88569712728

 

Information Session #2 - November 9 10:00 AM

https://rods-sk-ca.zoom.us/j/87236042184

 

Information Session #3 - November 13 10:00 AM

https://rods-sk-ca.zoom.us/j/86848370034

SAVE THE DATE: 'The Newcomers' Film

Nov 25 - Film, Panel Discussion and Reception

Regina Public Library Film theatre, Main Branch - or online


Sponsored by Regina Public Library, Regina German Film Club, and RRLIP's Anti-Racism and Discrimination Working Group.


The RRLIP has many free resources about Regina, which can be found under the Resources Tab on the Home page. Please feel free to use them, and share them. They are for you! You can also sign up for the NewsBlog (at the bottom of the home page).

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