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Welcoming Communities 2018-2021

An initiative to foster the emergence, deployment, and strengthening of relationships and collaborations between groups of agencies that are supporting French-language services and future professionals, bilingual healthcare students, and colleges and universities by the exchange of information, collaborative opportunities (placements, mentorships, volunteer positions, training programs) and local welcoming practices.

Context

The results from the Welcoming Community 2014-2018 pilot project demonstrated that community involvement helps to support and encourage the integration of bilingual students and future professionals by generating more community involvement, networking, and internship opportunities.

Welcoming community 2014-2018 in numbers:

  • Number of bilingual students and professionals participating in the project: 310
  • Number of French or bilingual placements: 42
  • Number of Welcoming Community activities: 19

Welcoming community 2014-2018 in images:

Visit of the Centre de santé communautaire du Niagara by students of Collège Boréal in Toronto, March 20, 2017

Visit of the Centre de santé communautaire du Niagara by students of Collège Boréal in Toronto, March 20, 2017

Natalia Ladyka, student and research assistant at York University's Glendon Campus Psychology Department during a plenary session of Rendez-vous Santé en français. November 2017

Natalia Ladyka, student and research assistant at York University’s psychology department on the Glendon Campus, during a plenary session of Rendez-vous Santé en français. November 2017

College and university participants of the Health Career Bus initiative, Health Career Bus to increase awareness among French-speaking students of career opportunities available to them in the Niagara region in fields such as nursing, social work and seniors services. March 20, 2017

College and university participants of the Health Career Bus initiative, an initiative to increase awareness among French-speaking students of career opportunities in the Niagara region in fields such as nursing, social work and senior services. March 20, 2017

Comments from participants:

Service provider partner

“This initiative has demonstrated the importance and the need to create and maintain connections between colleges, universities, students and service providers to ensure that there is a strategic collaborative effort to introduce job placements and employment opportunities in minority Francophone regions to Francophone and bilingual students entering the workforce.”

University partner

“Our students who speak French are eager to continue in French and participate in a francophone medical community. Some students wish to complete a clinical training in French to serve francophone patients, while others wish to complete a residency in a francophone region or in a French medical school.”

Student participants

“I found the Je parle français badge very useful – in Toronto, francophone patients feel comfortable speaking to me in French. And of course, the internship really helped me learn the medical terminology in French.”

“Continue working with anglophone medical schools to let students know that these opportunities exist!”

“[This initiative] will help me to better communicate and transmit my experiences to the francophone community.”

 

Base on these outcomes, the Welcoming Community 2.0 (2018-2021) project will be expanded to 5 sub-regions of southwestern Ontario. This will allow more communities, health and social service providers, educational institutions, students and future professionals to benefit from this initiative.

Welcoming Community 2018-2021

Target partners:

  • 5 Communities of practices and/or Interagency Network of Health and Social Service providers who wish to attract new francophone and bilingual human resources to their region.
  • Francophone and bilingual students from programs targeted by Health Canada during the 2014-2018 period: nursing, social work, medicine, psychology and speech pathology, as well as programs identified in the regions.
  • Francophone and anglophone colleges and universities in southern Ontario that are offering these programs.
  • Bilingual healthcare professionals who wish to be informed about community resources and career opportunities in these regions.

Welcoming Strategies

French Info-session on the GTA francophone community and active Offer of French service for Bilingual Students from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, February 2016

French info session for bilingual students from the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto on the GTA francophone community and active offer of French service, February 2016.

  • Support the identification of students enrolled in health and social service programs who hold a French or bilingual high school diploma.
  • Set up and promote community welcoming activities for bilingual students to promote recruitment, integration, and retention of bilingual professionals in southwestern Ontario.
  • Foster efforts to promote bilingual students’ placement agreements with health and social service providers.

5 Welcoming Communities

LONDON COMMUNITY

Community of practices for bilingual professionals

Mini-site of information and virtual meeting space for professionals in the fields of health, addiction, social services, and wellness.

A place for:

  • Networking
  • Improving your French
  • Exchanging information
  • Sharing news and resources
  • Seeking internship and job opportunities
  • Discussing challenges and solutions to deliver quality services in French

Perfect for:

  • Human resources and professionals serving the francophone population in the region.
  • Agencies offering bilingual services and services in French.
  • College and university students who are seeking resources in French and want to do internships in the francophone community
  • Human resources and professionals seeking employment opportunities in the region.

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MISSISSAUGA HALTON COMMUNITY

Mississauga Halton LHIN French Language Service (FLS) Community of Practices (CoP)

Represent 22 francophone organizations and service providers in the region

Welcoming activities coming soon …

NIAGARA COMMUNITY 

Health and Seniors’ subcommittee of the Niagara Interagency Table 

 Represent 35 francophone organizations and service providers in the region

Welcome activities coming soon …

 

Two other communities to come…


Colleges and Universities of Southern Ontario

During the Welcoming Community project (2014-2018), we developed strong relationships with 11 colleges and universities in southern Ontario. We also collaborated on projects with the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (Franco Doc project) and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (Rationale to allocate an admission position to French-speaking candidates at the School of Social Work at King’s University College).

Welcoming Community 2.0 will allow us to strengthen these collaborations and further expand new partnerships with colleges and universities, particularly in the following health and social service programs: medicine, nursing, social work, speech pathology, psychology.

Testimonials

Doctor recruiting tip from Clare, NS

Systemic Social Worker discussed how to better integrate bilingual (French-English) students in Francophone communities.

A bilingual social worker shares on the advantage of having access to French and bilingual placement opportunities.

Resources

HR Strategy – www.hhrstrategy.ca (French  www.strategierhs.ca  )

Online resource platform to support managers from Anglophone or bilingual organizations to maximize their ability to serve francophone and Acadian minority populations.

The Franco Doc Tool Box

The Tool Box is a collection of resources for learning the medical French you need to improve your language and culture skills. It is also a database of learning opportunities in French.

Med Interpret

Your Medical Interpretation Companion That Goes Everywhere You Go, download app

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The work of the Réseau franco-santé du Sud de l’Ontario and Société Santé en français is financed by Health Canada under the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in our Future. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Health Canada.