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Community Connections

Supports newcomers through educational classes, relationship building, & social activities

Community Connections

The Multicultural Department’s Community Connections Program offers several components to support newcomers to Canada as they progress along their settlement processes within their new community. We offer educational classes, relationship building, social activities, and community events to help newcomers build connections in their community.

Please see below for a list of current programs.

    Who We Help

    • Adult newcomers to Canada, focusing on Permanent Residents. 
    • We can also serve work permit holders, naturalized citizens, and refugee claimants in some of our classes and events. Please contact us to find out if you are eligible.

    To Access Community Connections

    • Classes and events are by registration. Please register by calling or emailing in advance.
    • You can also keep up to date with our events on our Facebook page.
    • There is no charge for any programs.

    Weekly Sessions & Events

    Conversation Circles

    Newcomers can connect with each other, practise speaking English, and learn about Canadian culture and their new community from a volunteer.

    Tuesdays 10:00am – 11:30am (In-Person)

    • 3471 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford

    Wednesdays 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Online)

    • 2420 Montrose Avenue, Abbotsford

    For more information, please call 604.866.5233 or email rupinder.padam@archway.ca

    Click here to learn more

    Citizenship Preparation

    These sessions give support as newcomers study for the knowledge test and are offered twice per year. This is a great way to prepare for success with the Canadian Citizenship requirements.

    The next series begins October 20, 2023.

    Click here to learn more

    Social Activities and Educational Sessions

    Social activities such as cooking and nutrition workshops, volunteer opportunities, health and wellness activities, and social outings allow newcomers to connect and engage in their new community.

    Knitting

    The knitting group is an opportunity for women of all language groups to join together and enjoy developing a new skill.

    Men’s Soccer

    For newcomer men, we have a weekly drop-in soccer group where they enjoy connecting and playing a casual game with each other – all skill levels are welcome!

    Visit archway.ca/soccer for more information.

    Educational Sessions

    Educational sessions support newcomers as they settle in Abbotsford. Topics include cooking and nutrition; parenting; health and wellness; and volunteerism.

      Support Groups for Women

      For newcomer women, we have several support groups that are available in Ukrainian, Farsi, and Punjabi. These groups offer a chance for women to learn about various topics relating to health and wellness and enjoy new activities such as yoga, walking, art and discussion groups. Free childcare is offered if needed.

      • Afghan Women’s Group (offered in Dari/Farsi): September-November 2023
      • Punjabi Women’s Group: Concluded for Fall 2023
      • Ukrainian Women’s Group: Concluded for Fall 2023

      Please contact kavita.puri@archway.ca for more information on upcoming groups.

      Book Club

      A weekly book club is offered at times throughout the year to support higher level English learners in reading and public speaking.

      The next Book Club for newcomers will begin in November 2023.

      Note: CLB 4 reading level or higher recommended

      Register at 604.866.5970 or email lata.aggarwal@archway.ca

      Click here to learn more

      Parenting Groups

      Community Connections offers educational sessions for newcomer parents to support them in the unique challenges of parenting in a new country. Each week, sessions focus on various topics relating to child development, social and emotional learning, as well as navigating the education system in Canada.

      Referrals to local resources support parents and children in each stage of development.

      Current Parenting Group will begin in October 2023 – Click here for flyer

      Friendship-based Matching Program

      This program helps link newcomers to diverse social networks in our community through a one-to-one pairing with a volunteer. While building a new friendship, Connections volunteers will help with newcomers’ priorities such as learning about Canada and the Abbotsford community, developing new social networks, obtaining services, and practising conversational English.

      From Volunteer Match to Lifelong Friends

      “I just wanted to say thank you to you for the citizenship class provided last year…. I can’t tell you the amount of confidence I feel thanks to your class and the time you spent helping us navigate through all that information (new to all of us) in such a short period of time.”

      Newcomer

      Did You Know?

      Community Connections began as the Host Program in 1995 and Archway has been providing services for newcomers for 50+ years.

      “I think that this program, with a Canadian volunteer friend, is the best way to learn English.”

      Newcomer

      Interested in volunteering with Community Connections? Read Claudia’s and Jen’s story to learn more about the program.

      They were matched through the Community Connections program, and their volunteer-based relationship quickly turned into a genuine friendship. Read More

      Volunteers Wanted

      Volunteers are needed to help connect newcomers to Abbotsford through the one-on-one program and the conversation circles.

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      Office Hours

      Programs run weekly at different times, please see the list of current programs.

      Address

      33780 Laurel Street
      Abbotsford, BC V2S 1X4

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      Photos from Community Connections Events

      Children and adults holding balloon animals
      Women dressed in cultural clothing
      Groups of adults sitting around a table for book club
      Women dressed in cultural clothing
      Women beside a man holding ice cream

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