The Safe Homes program provided information; through workshop sessions; on the accepted ways of solving differences within a family. Here in Canada cultural expectations are that problems will be solved without the use of bullying or violence.
CROSS CULTURAL PARENTING
Raising children; who are quick to adopt Canadian ways; while trying to maintain their traditional culture; poses specific problems for newcomer parents. The Cross Cultural Parenting (Train the Trainer) program helped newcomers gain knowledge about Canadian customs and tips for bridging cultures. Participants were trained to provide these workshops for others in the community.
HIV/AIDS AND CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS
The HIV/ AIDS and Cervical Cancer Awareness and Prevention program provided information about the prevention of these diseases and the availability of services here in Canada. Transportation and interpretation were provided as needed.
The Leadership program which graduated 30 participants; was designed to provide community leadership training and experience for newcomers. Several of the graduates hold executive positions in other agencies in our community. This program was responsible for bringing the Citizenship Ceremony back to Red Deer.
Newcomer Employment Success Strategies (NESS) program provided training and support for newcomers over the age of 30 who required assistance gaining and maintaining employment in Red Deer.
“I leave CAIWA with more confident in myself knowing that I can do anything if I truly believe in myself, sometimes we need someone to give us a push, to help us climb to the next step, being immigrant is not easy for many of us. Sometimes we struggle in many areas of our life and especially learning English but we are tough and smart people. We fight for what we want and we don’t give up easily.”