Sales Training & Employment Support Project
The Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre (OCCSC) and SuraiTea Company have teamed up to create opportunities for refugees.
The program is composed of a 5 day pilot training project of in-class and field sales training workshops. The workshops allow clients to practice English, expand their network, prepare their resumes, learn transferable and interview skills for jobs.
Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget
Families will learn that healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive. In this nutrition workshop, families will join a Registered Dietitian, to learn how to stretch their food dollar in the grocery store. The Registered Dietitian will discuss shopping strategies, simple recipe ideas, healthy and inexpensive foods to include in your cart, and how to read nutrition labels.
Activities that have already been planned:
1. How to Dress for Winter
2. Fire Prevention
3. Community Policing
4. Volunteering at the Food Bank
5. Community Gardening
6. Community Kitchens
7. Canadian Tulip Festival.
Other future activities that are currently in the process of development include two baking and grocery shopping events that will be held at the Loblaws cooking school.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Kids Day Camp
This activity was targeted to Children aged 9 to 17. 32 kids from Donald St. and 18 kids from Mooney’s Bay participated in the event. Three adults from both locations joined the group as companions and volunteers. It was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa in partnership with Jewish Family Services.
The two groups travelled from their location to the club by bus and were joined by 20 participants from the Boys & Girls Club, as well as 40 volunteers that interacted with them throughout the day.The kids and adults enjoyed refreshments and a light meal.
The overall program gave the kids an opportunity to interact with an engineer and an inventor artist, who taught them about physics and electronics, while making artificial northern lights, holograms and robots, using simple tools, materials and electronic devices.(e.g.iPhone, computers, etc.)
The event started off with a warm-up line dance by the Church volunteers, followed by various performances from the SSRP music group. We had a game planned for the event as an ice-breaker, but it seemed they were more interested in casual conversation and the performances. The performances/warm-up dancing really helped break the ice and made the families and volunteers feel comfortable with one another.
We decided to have a raffle draw at the end, which everyone really enjoyed. Overall, the Tea Party was a huge success thanks to the 42 volunteers. Feedback from the families indicated that they would love to do this again.
Arts & Crafts – Painting, Jewellery Making
We have seen the biggest transformation though activities for the entire family. The highest level of communication between volunteers, workshop facilitators and families with an overall sense of peace and freedom.The families have committed to creating 150 pieces of Art in time for the Canada Day Celebration as a token of their appreciation to Canada for this opportunity. This is also the most requested workshop.