We hosted a two-day forum on newcomer mental health and wellness on February 15 and 16, 2017 in Fredericton. Participants increased their knowledge and capacity to respond to the mental health needs of newcomers, while collaborating with partners from multiple sectors that included health, mental health and addictions services, education, social development, immigrant settlement agencies, and many more.
On November 17, 2016 we hosted our annual provincial symposium in Moncton. The symposium was about acknowledging and recognizing the unique skills and knowledge that immigrants and refugees bring to New Brunswick. It was also about working together and acknowledging how our common strengths and differences bring innovation and spark the creativity we need to keep growing as a province.
The objective of this award is to recognize employers and individuals for their good practices and leadership in the areas of promoting diversity, inclusion and integration of newcomers in the New Brunswick labor market. We would like to thank all the candidates for their efforts and for their work with our immigrant community and all other employers and community leaders who continue to promote cultural diversity across the province. You have no obligation to do what you are doing and we really believe, in our eyes, that all our nominees are champions of cultural diversity.Of the 48 appointments we received, 35 appointments were made in the Anglophone community and 13 in the Francophone community. Of these appointments, we chose 6 winners in three different categories: large companies, small and medium-sized businesses and an individual category.
The New Brunswick Multicultural Council and our member agencies across the province built a coordinated response to the resettlement efforts of Syrian refugees destined for New Brunswick. The generous support from individuals across New Brunswick was crucial to achieving our mission.
On October 19 2015 The New Brunswick Multicultural Council honored employers, who in many respects are at the heart of making the vision of inclusion and diversity a reality in our province. Employers who can figure out how to attract, include and retain newcomers into their workforce are going to be essential when our workforce demographics begin to shift. These employers who have been recognized were nominated by members of their community, newcomers, and/or multicultural associations for their leadership in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces for immigrants and newcomers.
On September 9 and 10, 2015 we hosted our annual provincial symposium in Fredericton. With over 40 different organizations represented, the symposium came at a time when it was clear that New Brunswickers were tuning-in and starting to talk. We were starting to talk about the benefits of cultural diversity in our communities, our classrooms, and our workplaces. We were also talking about the importance of population growth for our province’s future.