The Local Immigration Partnership is a conduit to community planning. We engage with partner organizations to facilitate meetings and discussions that are pertinent to our goal of creating welcoming communities for newcomers. This work includes organizing presentations, community forums and training that support the community’s ability to respond to newcomer needs.
We receive guidance from advisory councils in both Renfrew and Lanark Counties. The councils are made up of volunteers who represent a broad section of the economy including education, social services, business, municipal government and not-for-profit or charitable organizations. The Councils support our strategic planning goals and ultimately assist us in fulfilling our mandate to help create welcoming communities that support the settlement of newcomers in our rural regions.
Our staff are often asked to participate in diversity and inclusion committees where we can provide relevant information that helps facilitate policy changes, strategic directions or guidance on topics related to newcomer attraction. We have worked with municipalities, employers, refugee sponsorship groups, not-for-profit organizations, Algonquin College, District School Boards, economic development offices and the Lanark-Renfrew Labour Market Group.
Our facilitation work also includes bringing information to the attention of the communities that we serve so that issues that are affecting newcomer attraction are addressed. For example, racism has been identified as an issue in many urban and rural communities. We facilitate discussions on topics like racism by participating and sometimes leading community roundtables or by collaborating with other organizations that are doing similar work.
Join us for one of our monthly Introduction to Intercultural Competency workshops. This is a free introductory workshop featuring topics like Identity and Culture, Value-based Behaviours, Assigning Meaning and Unconscious Bias. A ‘come-as-you-are’ opportunity to learn more about yourself and the people in your life. This session is designed to be interactive and to encourage a desire for continuous learning! Attendees who fully participate in this professional development opportunity will receive a digital certification of completion from Local Immigration Partnership - Lanark & Renfrew. Learn more and register here.
Contact us to learn more about how we can help facilitate discussions that support newcomer settlement in our communities.