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Cultural Competency Learning Symposium Keynote and Workshop Presentations

York Region District School Board - Leading and Learning in a Culturally Diverse School District

Employment Ontario Employment Services, Services for Newcomers

Presenters: Holly Hie, Employment Services Coordinator, Georgian College and Deb Tracy, Northern Lights

Employment Ontario Employment Services assists Ontarians to find sustainable employment. It offers a wide range of resources, supports and service components to respond to the career and employment needs of individuals and the skilled labour needs of employers. Join us for a workshop that explores the core services of Employment Ontario Employment Services. The needs of recent immigrants looking to secure employment are unique therefore case studies will be used to highlight employment support services available for Newcomers to Canada in Simcoe County. Referral for Service Form

Cultural Competency Training Program

Presenters: Daria Kowalyk, Program Facilitator and Heather Orr-Francis, Project Manager, Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA)

The Cultural Competency Training Program is funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration; delivered by the Human Resources Professional Association. Over a three-year period, the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) will design, pilot, evaluate and embed a ‘cultural competence training’ professional development opportunity to support the development of cultural competence in Ontario organizations to include Diversifying Your Workforce and Developing a Culturally Competent Staff Team.

Health Equity: Risking me for you

Presenter: Lee McKenna, Executive Director, Partera International

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to the language and concepts of Health Equity which embraces and outpaces much of our earlier vocabulary, inviting a scan of all of those elements of care, from the individual level to the systematic. We will hear about the ‘Body of Health Equity’: The HEAD of knowledge (acquiring information about Health Equity and what it means), the HEART of Attitude Change (surfacing often unacknowledged social location, privilege and cultural conditioning) and the FEET of capacity building (creating, maintaining and cultivating in-house capacity for effective planning, monitoring and evaluation of Health Equity).

Debating Society
Staff Stream: Training in Health Equity
Health Equity Checklist
Health Equity Menu of Services
HEIA Workbook
The BODY of Health Equity

Culturally Competent Care: What does this look like?

Presenter: Karen Sappleton, MSED, MSW, RSW - Manager for Child & Family Centred Care, Health Equity and Interpreter Services in the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Child & Family Centred Care at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario.

Evidence suggests that a lack of cross-cultural awareness limits the ability of care providers to meet the unique cultural and linguistic needs of diverse patients and families, and that cultural competence is an effective health equity strategy in improving safety, quality, and patient and family-centred care provided to all families. To be culturally competent in the delivery of best care to all of our patients and families, clinicians need to be self-reflective, understand the experiences of newcomers, and recognize the availability or need for resources to support optimal patient and family-centred care that is grounded in health equity.

Approach to Interpretation and Translation

Presenter: Liz Marshall, Supervisor, Ontario Works

This workshop will include information on an integrated service provider establishing need, rationalizing financial costs, the process of selecting a vendor, challenges, learning, positive outcomes and next steps. Simcoe County Social & Community Services (SCSCSD) has seen the value in developing a formalized process to support newcomer language needs.

Working with Newcomers in Rural and Small Urban Communities

Presenter: Robyn Wisken, Manager, Newcomer Services, Social Enterprise for Canada, Welcome Centre Immigrant Services

This presentation will explore the unique experiences of newcomers settling in rural and small urban communities, strategies for connecting with newcomers, and opportunities for maximizing organization resources for newcomer programming.

Types of Immigration into Canada – Status and Differences in Rights & Responsibilities

Presenters: Yana Skybin and Jonathan Duncan, Settlement Counsellors, YMCA Newcomer Services, YMCA Simcoe/Muskoka

The purpose of the workshop is to offer an overview of types of immigration into Canada. It will broaden service providers’ understanding of the journey people undertake in order to immigrate to Canada, how long it takes from the time of the application, and the personal and financial commitment they make before and after coming to Canada. It will also provide information about differences in status after immigration.

YMCA Presentation Part 1
YMCA Presentation Part 2
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
In My Language - English
Cultural Profiles Project
Canadian Newcomer Magazine
The YMCA Newcomer Services (Barrie, Innisfil and Midland) - (705) 797-2020
The Welcome Centre (Mobile Services in Orillia and Collingwood) - 1 (877) 761-1155

Supporting the Recruitment and Retention of Skilled Immigrants

Presenter: Peter Paul, Project Leader, Maytree ALLIES Canada

The session will highlight the business case for hiring skilled immigrants. The session will demonstrate how leading Canadian employers are leveraging the skills and talents of a diverse workforce. It will provide practical tips on how to use the hireimmigrants.ca website as an HR tool and showcase promising practices from the website that can be replicated in different organizations.

Human Trafficking

Presenter: Sergeant Shelley Tarnowski, Provincial Coordinator – Abuse Issues, Ontario Provincial Police

Human Trafficking is a global and multi-faceted phenomenon involving the illegal exploitation of women, men and children and it is happening right here. We will look at some of the socially acceptable practices that have allowed human trafficking to flourish into a 32 billion dollar industry.

So what is this Anti-Oppression thing anyway?

Presenter: Tara Nazerali, MSW, Child Protection Service Manager, Simcoe Children’s Aid

Anti-oppression is a term that is not well understood and often avoided by those working with diverse populations in favour of less controversial language such as diversity or inclusiveness or multiculturalism. This workshop aims to provide an open forum for questions and answers, hopefully provoking good discussion as to why anti-oppressive practice is a needed step in providing not just equal services but equitable services to those who are often discriminated against in our society. Some tools and skills for analyzing oppression will be provided, along with an understanding that each of us cannot help but bring our own backgrounds and life long learning to our work. These experiences are accompanied by invisible biases and assumptions which left unchallenged can significantly impact the way we work with those who are different from ourselves and the judgements we make as a result.