Our first Shop and Stop Fundraiser was a huge success! We sold out with 200 diners enjoying delicious vegetarian curries. Thanks to all our volunteers, especially our master chefs, Hetel and Minesh, Amita, Madhavi, Dixit and Aakash.
It was a very positive experience with great feedback from the community. The money raised will go towards our International Food Festival coming up in November, 2017.
On Friday May 12th we held a meeting with Simon Blakeley from Professions North. Simon is an Employment Councillor and provides free, biligual assistance to unemployed or underemployed professionals in Northern Ontario. His goal is to connect employers with Internationally Trained Professionals. There is an eligibility criteria which if you fit these, it may be a helpful way to enter the Canadian workforce in your respective profession.
We are offering a series of Literacy workshops for newcomers!
These will provide education and experience in areas we figure are important for a successful settlement in Canada.
Dates will be confirmed soon
Northern Outdoor Literacy
Employment and Entrepreneurial Literacy
Now completed – Technological Literacy
Diversity Art Photography Competition and Exhibition
Northern Outdoor Literacy
learn how to start a fire and compete in the firestarter championships
build your own makeshift snowshoes and race to the finish line
learn to make an emergency shelter
enjoy a typical Canadian campfire lunch of hotdogs, smores, hot chocolate and bannick with maple syrup
kids can join in events or toboggan
Employment and Entrepreneurial Literacy
Employment Options will host an interactive round table discussion on employment barriers and tips on how to solve them
Enterprise Temiskaming will host a discussion on small business start up and home based business
Education on applying for Canadian citizenship
When are you eligible?
Assistance on completing application form
Light supper provided
IT skills are essential for most employment and volunteer opportunities
Gain more computer literacy with the help of IT specialists
Internet security and privacy
navigating Word software
troubleshooting individual problems and questions
Diversity Art Workshop and Exhibition
Photography workshop provided by professional photographer
Competition opens to depict “The First Time I Felt Canadian”
Children and Adult categories
Exhibition opens one month later with winners announced
Join us for a casual drop in session to meet new friends; enjoy a coffee; laugh about our Canadian experiences; share memories of your home country and get inspired about your future here.
Held every Tuesday morning. Please check Facebook group for current info on when and where.
Shop and Stop Fundraising Dinner
@ The Legion
Friday 28th April, 2017
Join us for our first fundraising dinner and enjoy a selection of vegetarian Indian curries.
Shop and Stops are a Kirkland Lake tradition where locals and out of towners would shop all day and then enjoy a meal at the Legion before heading home. They are now held by community groups and a great way to meet new friends and join in the community.
This is not a potluck, but a fundraiser for a big international event in November.
Children welcome. Shop and Stop tickets will be on sale soon.
Adults $12 Children (under 12) $6
Hope to see you there!
Royal Canadian Legion, 1 Summerhayes Ave (across from the OPP on Duncan Ave).
The Kirkland Lake Multicultural Group announces it’s incorporation which will enhance services to the people of Kirkland Lake and surrounding areas.
The Kirkland Lake Multicultural Group (KLMG) began in 2012 when a small group of newcomers came together to support each other in adjusting to life in Northern Ontario. Meeting an important need, the group has grown steadily and now consists of over 130 members. As Sandra Reygada Licuime, KLMH President explains it; “It all started in my house, which we have outgrown. We would have baby showers for each other, celebrate birthdays, we even had a wedding.” But there was a need for more. The group held social events and helped each other navigate the various government systems such as getting a license and figuring out the school system. Four years ago, with help from Chantal Bruneau from NDP MP Charlie Angus’ office, KLMG hosted a large Multicultural Food Festival for the community.
Now, with non-profit status, the KLMG is ready to expand and be able to serve more people within Kirkland Lake and the surrounding area. To create a welcoming community and to promote cross-cultural understanding and acceptance. The vision for the future is to have a drop-in center. A casual place to find an empathetic ear and encouragement. A place to find information on housing, employment, groups, schooling, language translation, English conversation circle and children’s activities. the center would be open to the general public, to encourage integration between long time area residents and newcomers. Says Reygada Licuime, “We have found that many people chose to move here because of their spouse’s work, but they struggled to leave the house due to language and cultural barriers. We want to help.”
It all started back in 2005 when Sandra Reygada Licuime moved from Chile to Kirkland Lake after marrying a wonderful man from Northern Ontario. Far from home and family, unable to speak English or French and without any support network in town, she found herself isolated. Those first few months were very difficult. Then Sandra met another person in the same circumstance, and another and another. Even though they didn’t share a common language, they had a deep empathy for each other and became friends. Gradually, through word of mouth, more and more newcomers were discovered and embraced. Many of whom had been living here for years. The feeling of belonging was life-saving and empowering. Together, they created a large supportive network, too big to fit in Sandra’s living room.
The Kirkland Lake Multicultural Group (KLMG) is the result of these members. Over the past five years the group has held many free events to help new KLers thrive here in the north. Soccer tournaments, skating and sliding parties, beach days, barbeques and potluck dinners are all enjoyed. Weddings, baby showers, birthdays and cultural holidays were all celebrated.
In 2012 the KLMG, along with Chantal Bruneau from NDP MP Charlie Angus’ office, hosted a large Multicultural Food Festival. This brought people of various cultures and local residents together celebrating through food and conversation. We hope to make this an annual event for all to enjoy.
The need to become an incorporated, non-profit organization was to better serve current and future newcomers. To be their instant support network without it taking years to build their own. Thanks to Gavin Shorrock Law’s generosity the goal of incorporation is now a reality.
Our vision for the future is to have a fully funded drop-in center. A casual space to find an empathetic ear and encouragement. A place to find all the information that is needed when settling in a new town. The center would be open to the general public to encourage integration between Canadians and newcomers.
As we grow, the goal will always be to bring people together. To build a stronger community where we all live.
The KL Multicultural Group (KLMG) began in 2012 when a small group of newcomers came together to support each other in adjusting to life in Northern Ontario. We now have over a hundred members and are steadily growing. We aim to become the supportive “family” that newcomers often lack when moving to a new town or country. We understand that the feeling of belonging is one of the crucial components of successfully settling in a new place.
As a Non Profit Organization we have a volunteer Board of Directors who are shaping the group into being a social group that also offers settlement services.
The Kirkland Lake Multicultural Group is a nonprofit organization providing welcoming support for newcomers to Kirkland Lake and surrounding areas.
We provide free assistance to newcomers by offering settlement services such as local information, support, social events and a welcoming network. Through firsthand experience, we know how to help newcomers adjust to life in North East Ontario, and integrate into our vibrant community.
Family oriented social gatherings
Weekly drop in social group
English or French as a second language referrals
Outdoor, art and cultural activities
Citizenship, immigration and passport assistance referrals