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Community Connections

ISKA offers many different and exciting programs to help newcomers along the way to successfully integrating into the Kingston community.

Language and Cultural Mentoring
Through the Community Connections program newcomers are matched with Canadian volunteers who provide important support and guidance as they overcome the challenges faced in adapting to life in a new country. Mentors and newcomers meet for one or two hours per week over a period of 4-6 months. The newcomer will have the opportunity to practice English or French and will gain important skills to becoming effective participants in a new culture. This safe and supportive mentoring relationship not only benefits the newcomer but also allows Volunteers to experience the lasting rewards of helping someone along the way to finding a place of belonging in their new home. Together they will make connections that can last a lifetime and play a key role in building a more welcoming community for future generations.

English Conversation Circles
Every week small groups of newcomers meet with a volunteer for an opportunity to practice English  in a friendly and supportive environment. New friends are made and important second language skills developed. If you are a newcomer and are interested in practicing English, learning more about Canada, making friends and discovering more about the Kingston community, we can help you! All newcomers are welcome to attend these groups that are offered at the Calvin Park Branch of the Kingston Public Library.

Other Groups for Newcomers
Immigrant Services Kingston and Area also offers many other exciting opportunities for newcomers. There are regular social events as well as special interest groups to meet the needs of everyone- seniors, youth, men and women. Continue to browse our website or contact us for more information.

If you have would like to become an important part of a newcomer's story in Canada please contact our Volunteer Facilitator to find out how here.