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Bridges to Belonging: The Business of Curating Dreams
There are four things on Barb's bucket list: to go swimming, to sing in a choir, to belong to a church and, eventually, move out of the rural nursing facility that has been her home for seven years.
Barb, 58, is a good couple decades younger than most other residents. It was her husband's illness that landed her here - "I just tagged along," she says, though she herself lives with epilepsy and developmental challenges. Since he passed…
Newcomer Grants Program
Walk into the Queen Street Commons Café in Downtown Kitchener on a Tuesday evening and you'll find nearly two-dozen teens and adults sitting around tables learning how to introduce themselves at a business meeting or ask for apples at the grocery store.
The group, mostly Syrian and other Arabic-speaking newcomers and volunteers, come together to practice English at the English Speaking Café, organized through Waterloo Region's ShamRose for Syrian Culture.
Opening Minds Through Art Program and Exhibition at THEMUSEUM
"So much of the time, living with dementia is all about what a person can't do," says Kathryn Bender, Opening Minds through Art (OMA) Facilitator from Trinity Village Care Centre. "Living in long-term care, they have very few choices they get to make: when they sleep, eat and bathe . . . but with our Opening Minds through Art program, the emphasis is on what they CAN do. It makes them feel like they still matter."
The Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers
A teakettle. For anyone who has grown up in Canada with one of these small appliances sitting on the counter, using one is a snap. Fill it. Press down the lever and wait for it to pop up again to signal the water has boiled.
But for many newcomers to this country, simple and everyday tasks - boiling water, for instance - are puzzles waiting to be solved.
"Things just operate differently here," says Tara Bedard, manager of the Waterloo…
Summer camps are often associated with children having fun and making new friends, but they also provide outlets for important personal growth and awareness. For children of minority backgrounds, being able to embrace who they are at camp can be difficult. However, at Bring on the Sunshine’s week-long Africa Camp, campers are encouraged to celebrate their cultures and traditions, and share them with others.
“Africa Camp is a community response to the needs of children of African heritage in…