The more we share…
It’s never been more important to share how we’re doing. Share successes, new models of service delivery, but also the struggle. I’ve been enjoying seeing how immigrant and refugee-serving agencies have been successfully pivoting to online services. I’ve been enjoying even more how some are sharing their experiences. There is so much to learn from each other.
An interview with Chris Friesen – the future of settlement work is now
In this interview, I surface conversations I’ve been having with Chris Friesen of ISSofBC. We talk at what settlement work looks like now, during a pandemic. What are the opportunities the sector needs to seize? What does the funder need to understand? What do we need to understand about the digital divide and digital literacy of the newcomers and communities we serve? And more.
An interview with Nadia Caidi – understanding the information seeking practices of newcomers
It’s useful to understand how your clients look for, find, assess and act on information. In this interview, U of T Professor Nadia Caidi provides an overview of newcomer information seeking behaviour and practice. I interviewed Professor Caidi in 2018 for Findhelp’s online course Settlement Information and Referral Online Training Program.
What knowledge, skills and attitudes do settlement workers need in the digital era?
At a workshop a couple of years ago, I asked a group of participants to break into groups and identify the top four things settlement workers need to know, top four skills that they must possess, and the top four work-related attitudes and behaviours in the era of digital service delivery. Interestingly, there wasn't much overlap between groups. This suggests the richness of human service work, as well as its complexity.
Innovative Outreach Strategies to Reach Newcomers
Many thanks to AMSSA in British Columbia for having me present this workshop to settlement and language workers across the province. I'm definitely not a marketing expert. But, like making technology, or any service choices, it all comes down to being strategic and knowing/understanding your client.
Understanding the information seeking practices of newcomers
It's useful to understand how your clients look for, find, assess and act on information. In this video, Professor Nadia Caidi provides an overview of newcomer information seeking behaviour and practice.
Misinformation - what it is and what you need to do to be ready for it
In the immigrant and refugee-serving sector, misinformation comes in many different forms, from scams that directly target newcomers, to bad information that may not be intentionally spread, but which gets shared and can impact a newcomer's settlement negatively. We all need to increase our information literacy.
Ending gender-based violence - a series of webinar recordings
These appeared in my YouTube subscriptions, I hadn't heard about them previously. They appear to be part of OCASI's project: Initiative to End Gender-Based Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities.
The future of settlement work is in our hands
One thing that I'm learning about the future, from futurists, is that it's not something we can predict. But it's something we can work toward.
CERIS Panel: Whither Immigration and Settlement in Ontario?
On March 14, 2019, the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) hosted a public event with a panel to take stock of our progress in the immigrant and refugee-serving sector.