First and Second Sessions: Growing in one culture, but getting to know another

Date: April 22, 2023 and April 29, 2023
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Program: Stick Together, Shield Better Session: Growing in one culture, but getting to know another
Platform: Zoom

The Canadian Helpers Society, a nonprofit organization, successfully organized and executed an engaging online event on April 22, 2023 and April 29, 2023, as part of their program "Stick Together, Shield Better." This particular session, titled "Growing in one culture, but getting to know another," was made possible through the generous support of the Ontario Seniors Community Grant.

With a total duration of 1 hour and 15 minutes, the session brought together 22 participants from diverse backgrounds. Notably, three individuals joined the event directly from the Philippines, adding an international flavor to the discussion.

Sevil, the event manager, commenced the session by sharing an enlightening video that delved into Canada's rich history. The video explored the arrival and settlement of the First Nations and Inuit people, followed by an overview of European immigration to Canada. It provided participants with a comprehensive understanding of the country's cultural mosaic and the challenges faced by new immigrants.

In a subsequent video, Sevil showcased popular aspects of Canadian culture, with a special focus on hockey. The different provinces of Canada were also highlighted, each with its unique characteristics and offerings.

The session fostered active participation from the attendees, who shared their personal experiences and insights. Shane emphasized the importance of relying on official information in Canada, cautioning against the potential pitfalls of misinformation. Charon, in turn, provided valuable perspectives on the contrasts between Canada and the Philippines, shedding light on various cultural aspects.

The session "Growing in one culture, but getting to know another" was a remarkable opportunity for participants to reflect on their own cultural backgrounds while gaining a deeper appreciation for Canadian society. Through engaging discussions and shared experiences, the event promoted unity, understanding, and cultural exchange.

The Canadian Helpers Society is proud to have facilitated this session as part of their ongoing commitment to fostering inclusivity and community integration. Their dedication, coupled with the support of the Ontario Seniors Community Grant, ensures the success of programs like "Stick Together, Shield Better" in building a stronger and more harmonious society.

 Third Session: Community Legal Information

Date: May 06, 2023
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Program: Stick Together, Shield Better Session: Community Legal Information
Platform: Zoom

The second session of the "Stick Together, Shield Better" program took place on May 06, 2023. This session, focused on Community Legal Information, aimed to provide valuable insights and guidance to the participants. The session was conducted on the Zoom platform.
The speaker for this session was Angie Pham, a representative from Waterloo Region Community Legal Services. Angie delivered an informative and engaging presentation for approximately one hour, covering various legal aspects relevant to the community. Following the presentation, participants had the opportunity to ask their questions, which were addressed during the remaining 15 minutes of the session.

The session provided a valuable platform for participants to gain a deeper understanding of community legal matters and receive guidance from an experienced legal professional. The insights shared by Angie Pham and the interactive Q&A session contributed to an enriching and informative experience for all attendees.

For more details and to access the presentation by Angie Pham, please visit the video:



                                                                                  Fourth and Fivth Sessions: Digital Literacy and Social Connection

Date: May 13, 2023 and May 20, 2023
Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Program: Stick Together, Shield Better Session: Digital Literacy and Social Connection
Platform: Zoom

During this session, Sevil, the host of online session, started by sharing an informative video that explained the basics of how computers work using binary code (0s and 1s) in a simple language. Another video focused on the importance of responsibly disposing of out-of-service computers, highlighting the risks of data falling into the wrong hands and emphasizing the value of donating them to companies that refurbish and distribute second-hand computers to those in need and nonprofit organizations.

The final video introduced the Electronic Recycling Association, an organization that accepts old and unusable computer devices, offering free computers to individuals and nonprofits. Following the videos, Shane provided insights into the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and guided the audience on how they can leverage AI for assistance.

The session lasted for 1 hour and 15 minutes, with a total of 24 participants actively engaging in the discussion and learning.






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