Program coming to improve community service access


The Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour (the “Ministry”) has contracted with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) to deliver the WelcomeBC Welcoming Communities Program (WCP) services in Cranbrook and Kimberley.

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy is an established agency in the service delivery area with strong connections to and working relationships with local community partners. The agency is the Sponsoring Lead Organization for the WCP in the local communities and is recruiting sponsoring organizations to assist in delivering services. Between the two communities of Cranbrook and Kimberley there is over $70,000 in funding available for Welcoming Community projects.

CBAL will be hosting planning sessions:

January 15th, 2013 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Cranbrook at the Prestige Inn and January 17th 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Kimberley at the Kimberley Conference Centre.

The sessions are facilitated by Bob Johnstone.

The purpose of these planning sessions is to gather input from interested individuals and organizations to create an action plan that will make our region more welcoming and inclusive for immigrants and their families settling here. CBAL invites all community members to attend these meetings

The Kimberley and Cranbrook Welcoming Communities Action Plans will seek to:

• Improve access to community services

• Support the development of intercultural relationships and mutual trust

• Support welcoming and inclusive workplaces

• Create welcoming and inclusive spaces in the community

• Provide assistance to immigrants during their settlement process

Contact Betty Knight, CBAL Regional Manager 250-346-3248 or for more information.

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