When Sawsan signed up for our new Business Office Skills program, her biggest worry was the math section. Three weeks into it, she’s surprised to find that’s the part she likes the best. “The minute you start really knowing and solving the problem, it comes really interesting and you want to do more.”
The Business Office Skills program, launched for the first time in September, is an innovative approach to support newcomer women like Sawsan, a volunteer at New Circles, to enter the workforce. Developed in partnership with Seneca College, Skills for Change and Golden Mile Employment Services, the 20 week program combines classroom instruction with on-the job learning through a placement at New Circles or one of our partner agencies. The curriculum includes core business and customer service skills including basic math, English, MS-Office and effective communication.
July marked the beginning of Ramadan, a month in which many Muslims across the globe observe a period of reflection important to spiritual values. As a core belief of Muslim communities, empathy for others and helping those in need is considered integral. The end of Ramadan is marked with Eid, an important celebration, featuring gratitude, family, festivities and food.
New Circles wants to ensure that regardless of economic circumstances, families in need are not only equipped to celebrate Eid, but also feel welcomed and supported in our community.
New Circles Community Services and Harmony Place Support Services are pleased to celebrate the 2013 International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD).
We are honoured that Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner for the Ontario Commission for Human Rights will deliver a keynote message.
This wonderful initiative has been led by New Circles’ Program Assistant, Alphonse Kayitayire. Alphonse was inspired to conceptualize this event by his many years of experience working in areas of human rights and with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Alphonse shared, “I know that Canada is one of the countries that is pushing human rights, particularly for people with disabilities. I wished to bring more exposure to the issue.” As New Circles strives in building a space of respect, caring integrity and diversity, he felt that IDPD was an opportunity to bring more awareness to accessibility.