At the end of January, Family Literacy is celebrated here in BC! The purpose of Family Literacy Day is to raise awareness around the importance of reading and engaging in literacy-related activities as a family. Schools, libraries, and other community groups take part in events at the end of January to support life-long learning. This initiative was started by ABC Life Literacy Canada, a national non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. They mobilize business, government and communities to support life-long learning.
Finding job opportunities in Canada can be a difficult and frustrating process for new immigrants. A recent survey of 6402 skilled immigrants found that, while most were employed in permanent jobs, “only 39.1 per cent had positions with duties similar to what they had before immigration.” While it can be challenging, there are many agencies that can help you find the right job opportunity and career fit. Even better, most of these services are free of charge.
Moving to a new country and building community is filled with challenges. Newcomers can be overwhelmed by the strangeness of everything. New customs, new languages – finding your place in your new community can be overwhelming!
To build a sense of belonging requires making an active effort and practice. Many newcomers discover that their local libraries help them connect to their new community. With the many events and programs available, newcomers are able to quickly connect to other newcomers and Canadians with similar interests; they realize that others struggle and have challenges also and that they are not alone. There is comfort in this. When connections to their community are made, there is generally an increase in motivation, health, and happiness.