Association of New Canadians Volunteer Event

Mar 31st, 2014

Melissa Watton

United Way
Association of New Canadians Volunteer Event

Sixteen community-focused Memorial students showed their commitment to United Way Newfoundland and Labrador on Friday, March 7, 2014, by volunteering with the Association for New Canadians.  The Association for New Canadians, which is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to providing settlement and integration services to immigrants and refugees, is one of many organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador that receives United Way support.

Memorial students spent the afternoon helping the new Canadians by participating in their conversation circles, one-on-one sessions designed for sharing of stories, laughter and cultural experiences.

The volunteer effort was organized by Kristin Harris Walsh, experiential learning coordinator with Career Development & Experiential Learning (CDEL) at Memorial. “The event was our first organized volunteer effort for a cause supported by United Way Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Dr. Harris Walsh. “Both the volunteers from Memorial and the participants from the Association for New Canadians got a lot out of the effort.  While the participants were able to practice their conversation skills, the volunteers enjoyed sharing their knowledge of Memorial, the city and the province, and learned about the challenges and joys of new immigrants to Canada.”

United Way Newfoundland and Labrador helped with the organization of the event by recommending the cause and facilitating with the logistics.

Career Development & Experiential Learning expects to organize other volunteer efforts supporting various causes in our community. The next volunteer effort with the Association for New Canadians is scheduled to take place on June 5, 2014, to coincide with United Way’s Day of Caring.  If you are interested in participating as a volunteer with this or other events, please contact



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