Cultural Competency Training: Creating Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

The Creating Inclusive Workplaces and Communities workshops inform and engage individuals on cultural differences and how to become “culturally dexterous”. This workshop is a great tool for you to apply in all the aspects of your life and an invaluable resource in an increasingly multicultural New Brunswick.

In this workshop you will:
  • learn how to define culture and about cultural diversity around the world;
  • discuss the difficulties and advantages of operating in a multicultural environment;
  • get tools and resources to help you become a good cross-cultural communicator; and
  • gain insight on what it’s like to enter into a new culture, as well as discuss challenges newcomers face and how you can help vs. hinder their integration.
For whom is the CIWC workshop developed?
  • Employers, Managers, HR Professionals
  • Community organizations and educational institutions
  • Individuals who have an interest in learning how to become more culturally aware
Why is this important?

For the Province
Cultural diversity is growing in New Brunswick, with an increase in immigration and newcomer populations. Each of these individuals comes from different regions, with different cultures, social norms and ways of living. By acknowledging our differences, recognizing our similarities, and learning how to communicate across our cultures, you will gain confidence and be provided with tools to help you interact in a multicultural context.

For employers
For employers, it is crucial for the whole team to be culturally aware and learn how to work with people from multiple and diverse backgrounds.  Fostering diversity in your organization can unlock tremendous creativity, new perspectives and enable you to better understand and respond to the needs of your customers, both locally and in foreign markets. Having a diverse workforce is to your company’s advantage, as multicultural teams have been shown to drive productivity and innovation and contribute to a competitive edge. Come learn more during one of our workshops or organize a session in your own workplace!

How is the workshop administered?

You have various options and we will do our best to accommodate to your needs and availability.

From a basic one-hour presentation to a full day workshop, the choice is yours. Please get in touch with us so we can see what exactly you are looking for and we will tailor a workshop that best fits your needs.

We cover a wide range of topics in Creating Inclusive Workplaces and Communities workshop, such as cross-cultural communication, cultural feedback differences, differences between hierarchical and egalitarian cultures, to name only a few. Please let us know if there is any topic you would like to see highlighted in your workshop, which could address a specific need you have.

Is there a cost?

There is generally a cost for the Creating Inclusive Workplaces and Communities workshops, but this can vary depending on the size of the group, length of the training and if you are representing a non-profit organization. We encourage you to contact your local multicultural association for details, or you can let us know what you are interested in and we will help you find a trainer.

Where can you attend the workshop?

The workshop is available across the province. Go to our Members Page to find contact info for an association near you or use the following list:

  1. Multicultural Association of Charlotte County (CCMANB)————-506.755.9295 // info@ccmanb.com
  2. Multicultural Association of Fredericton Inc. (MCAF)——————-506.454.8292 // mcaf@mcaf.nb.ca
  3. YMCA of Greater Saint John Newcomer Connections——————506.634.4860 // newcomerconnections@saintjohnY.com
  4. Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA)–506.858.9659 // info@magma-amgm.org
  5. Comité d’accueil, d’intégration et d’établissement des nouveaux arrivants de la Péninsule acadienne (CAIENA)— 506.727.0185 // caiena-pa@bellaliant.com
  6. Centre d’accueil et d’accompagnement francophone des immigrants du Sud-Est du Nouveau Brunswick (CAFi)— 506.382.7494 // info@cafi-nb.org
  7. Multicultural Association of Carleton County Inc. (MACC)————- 506.392.6011 // staff@maccnb.ca
  8. Pride of Race, Unity and Dignity through Education (PRUDE)———-506.634.3088 // info@prudeinc.org

You can also check out our calendar of events to learn more about workshops, or multicultural events and celebrations being held in your area that are open to the public.

About NBMC’s facilitator:

sandra

Sandra Lawrence was born in Portugal and lived part of her life in Luxembourg, Belgium and also Czech Republic. She is what you might call a world citizen. She is polyglot: Portuguese – French – English and has some knowledge in 4 other languages.  She has a Master’s Degree in Population and Development from Brussels and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance from Luxembourg. Sandra worked as a project analyst for the government of Belgium, for the department of multilateral aid before coming to NBMC. Being herself an immigrant, she can relate to the struggles of a newcomer as well as the will to integrate in New Brunswick.

 

For more information, please contact Sandra Lawrence, Cross-Cultural Education Coordinator, by email at sandra.lawrence@nb-mc.ca or by phone at 506.453.1091 ext.227