SEED Winnipeg’s cross-program team provides resources and services for the benefit of our clients and participants.
Aboriginal Community Collaborations
Aboriginal Community Collaborations (ACC) works towards the success of Aboriginal participants. Led by an Aboriginal Advisory Committee from diverse backgrounds and working in a variety of contexts, ACC sees itself as a ‘service provider’ within SEED, and works to:
- Provide program supports to Aboriginal program participants
- Facilitate partnerships with & provide outreach presentations to Aboriginal community organizations
- Develop cultural educational opportunities for SEED staff & board
- Offer an Aboriginal lens in program/project design and delivery
- Market programs to Aboriginal contacts
- Organize Aboriginal focus group consultations
- Facilitate training sessions
SEED’s Social Worker is focused on supporting participants and staff to reduce barriers and facilitate program success. Working together with the cross-program team, the Social Worker seeks out partnerships and maintains relationships with external agencies that can provide valuable services to program participants. The Social Worker also participates in information sessions and program intake meetings, conducts outreach presentations, facilitates training sessions, and assists staff and participants to access resources.
Language Supports for EAL Participants
The Conference Board of Canada forecasts that Winnipeg’s immigration will continue to increase to nearly 11,000 people per year by 2020 (source). With Winnipeg being the destination for 75% – 80% of immigrants to Manitoba, SEED expects the number of immigrants applying to its program areas to continue to increase.
Through the generous support of the Adult Language Training Branch, SEED’s EAL (English as an Additional Language) Specialist provides language supports to immigrant and newcomer participants and helps ensure their success in its programs.
SEED has a philosophy of inclusiveness and strives to reduce barriers for its participants. Newcomers with EAL can have difficulty participating fully in SEED’s programs without additional support. EAL supports are opening doors for those who may not otherwise participate. The EAL Specialist is also a resource for staff, to increase their internal capacity and work more effectively with clients who have language barriers.