Round Table and Beyond…
We began to learn about the issue for new immigrants being mentored by the YMCA-YWCA, The International Women’s Service Organization and theCatholic Immigration Centre. They provide speakers to educate the club in what were the real problems that well education women immigrants faces (difficulty in having their professional credentials recognized by Canada).
Having reached the point of being more informed, we were quite challenged to come to a decision as to “Where” to give our time, and energies, as a club, in order to make the best impact for women immigrants who are newcomers to Ottawa.
We just did not have the whole picture necessary to make an informed decision about how we can be part of the solution. If this is a problem for us, we can only assume that it is also an issue for other local service clubs, who if they knew of the needs within our community, might be able to partner with agencies or other organization in order to take a difference for local immigrant women.