Community Leadership and Capacity Building Training and Workshops
Objective: Build and sustain a pool of skilled community animators who can engage from immigrant and refugee communities to articulate their needs and aspirations and find ways to meet these needs and fulfill their aspirations. Animators being trained up through the ATN program work perpetually to strengthen the leadership and governance capacity of ethnocultural organizations to bid for participation in the civic and voluntary sector in a formal way.
One-on-One Support for Grant Writing
EMCA addresses the community needs identified by the Animators by providing assistance in grant writing and Budgeting. The Animators have applied for the Emerging Immigrant & Refugee Communities (EIRC) Grant, Alberta Culture Days Grant, and New Horizon Senior’s Grant. Two animators were awarded the EIRC grant 2023 for a total amount of $9750. EMCA has been offering explicit instructions and support to animators during the execution stage of awarded grants.
Specific Tasks for the Animators – 2023
Empowered with adequate training and resources, Animators actively contribute to community development. To apply the knowledge gained from workshops, EMCA assigns specific tasks to Animators, which they are required to complete within a designated time frame. For example, Animators were tasked with organizing and facilitating Focus Groups in their respective communities in 2023, focusing on the theme of “Puberty, Menopause and Beyond: Women’s Sexual Health.” The aim was to explore prevalent stigmas and taboos surrounding the topic, identify perceived barriers or challenges related to access to sexual health education and resources for women/girls in Canada, and gather insights on desired changes or improvements in Canadian society to better support women’s sexual health. EMCA provided assistance by offering an online platform and formulating questions for the focus group.
Community Research and Education
Objectives: Build incrementally a body of knowledge based on experiences of program participants that would inform the design of culturally responsive community engagement processes and enhance the cultural competence and participatory capacity of mainstream organizations to initiate and support intercultural collaborations with immigrant and refugee communities.