A Year of #Possibility for New Comers | Day 5 of #12DaysforGood

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Participants in our Newcomer Women’s Health Program from Somalia.

-by Lyndsey Butcher

I was so honoured when I got the email from the House of Friendship’s Executive Director John Neufeld inviting me to participate as one of 12 Do Gooders in the 12 Days for Good Campaign.

Today’s theme is #Possibility. 

As Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region, I have the privilege of investing in possibility every day. Through our prevention and sexual health education programs with young people to our support for women facing unplanned pregnancies – our goal is to ensure that every member of our community can choose their own possibility.

Over the next few weeks our community will begin the process of welcoming over 1,000 Syrian refugees. How we all come together as a community to welcome these families will largely determine their possibility. There are many ways that you can promote possibility. The Region has launched a new website that makes it easy to get involved. You can also contact the Volunteer Action Centre to volunteer with one of the many agencies that will be proving support to newcomers.

At Planned Parenthood Waterloo Region we will be leveraging our United Way funded newcomer women’s health program to offer support for refugees from Syria. Our program offers a safe space for newcomer women to come together to learn and discuss their health and relationships in their own language. The program is held in partnership with community centres and we provide childcare, healthy snacks and transportation to make it as accessible as possible. We hope that the women who participate in the program will build lasting friendships and make connections that foster their possibility in our community.

Let’s make 2016 a year of possibility for our newest community members. Get involved and do good!

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One Response to “A Year of #Possibility for New Comers | Day 5 of #12DaysforGood”

  1. monica Says:

    awesome work

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