Refugee Integration Project

In order to meet the demand of a larger influx of refugees accessing services at our Centre and respond to the offers of volunteer support from the community at large, the Centre for Newcomers created a volunteer-led response. This offers the ability for refugees on wait-lists to still be in touch with the Centre, gain networking skills and learn about the community. Volunteers are involved in the integration process through networking and building community with newcomers. Centre staff act as liaisons to assist the volunteers, coordinate efforts and invite refugee clients to activities and events.
Conversation Club at CFN
Conversation Club volunteers & refugee students
Having fun at St Patrick's Park
Summer fun at St Patrick's Park
  • Conversation Club and Basic Computer classes
    Every Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
    • The main roles of volunteers are Conversation Club Facilitator/support, Computer Class Facilitator/support, Childcare Room Support, Interpreter (Arabic, Spanish, Amharic, Tigrinya, etc.) and Lead Volunteer supporting staff and/or rooms as required. We provide the materials and guidance to facilitate activities.
  • Field trips to the Calgary Tower, TELUS Spark Centre, Calgary zoo, etc. 
    • The main roles of volunteers are Tour guide, attendance control, interpretation.
  • Accompany clients to community events
  • Family connections. Get matched with a family to provide extra settlement support
To join the program, please contact Mohamad Awada at 
or 403-648-2224.
Planting trees
Planting trees 
Classroom interactive studying
Interactive Conversation Club at CFN
On a field trip to a Heritage Park
On a field trip to the Heritage Park
At Stampeders game
At Stampeders game