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The Evolving Needs of Settlement Work
(Word cloud image above: Characteristics of a Settlement Counsellor)

The recently-released report The Competencies of Frontline Settlement Counsellors in Canada contains many good nuggets and interesting ideas. Building from the starting points that immigration is vital and growing in Canada, and that settlement workers play an essential role in newcomer success, this research finds that settlement counsellors need more and different training to respond to a changing and complex settlement context.

Settlement workers have traditionally focused on building capacity of their clients by providing direct supports and information. In this role, they pay attention to the newcomers’ physical, intellectual, emotional and social well-being. This work empowers newcomers.

However, there is a second type of capacity building that this research identified as emerging: building capacity in communities that welcome newcomers. This work entails overcoming prejudices, addressing systemic barriers that newcomers face, and building environments centred on unity in diversity. This work empowers destination communities.

You can learn more about this research by:  For further reflection:
  1. What resources would be required to empower local neighbhourhoods to better welcome newcomers?
  2. How could a plan to build community capacity transform our city? Who should be involved?
CommuniTea Conversation Circles:
Mental Wellness and Immigration
In honor of World Mental Health Day, HIPC joined with other local agencies to host the 2019 Multicultural Wellness Fair. The event was created to to provide education about mental health and community resources to culturally diverse populations in Hamilton. 

Participants enjoyed different cultural performances and food, and they heard stories and voices of people who shared their experience through conversation circles and expert presentations, such as the meditation exercise led by social worker Salvina Castiglione. 

Keynote speaker Marisa Mariella, an educator for 35 years in Hamilton and the vice-chair of the Suicide Prevention Community Council of Hamilton, led a CommuniTea conversation circle hosted by HIPC. Visitors exchanged mental wellness dialogue across different cultures.

In an effort to share truths and experiences of immigration, HIPC hosted a public "CommuniTea -- Cup and Conversation" event at the Ancaster Farmers Market. The event was an opportunity to chat about immigration in Hamilton and Canada at large, where immigrants come from, why they leave their country and the meaning of home.

Ancaster residents openly shared their stories and views, and we are so thankful. HIPC was pleased to work wiith Tea Amo, the Hamilton-based traveling tea trailer. Tea Amo provided a variety of teas originating from different parts of the world from China to Germany to Ireland. 
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