Make Meaningful Connections

A number of our programs are designed to provide adults with an opportunity to connect with one another, develop new skills and establish friendships that make their transition easier.

Programs for Women

Women-to-Women Workshops

Women-to-Women Workshops

Women learn about healthy marital relationships in a group setting for women only, as we tell them about relationship rights and responsibilities in Canada. They can connect with other newcomer women and with services that can support their relationship. Using cultural mediation, the workshops provide tools and resources for preventing unhealthy relationships and strengthening families.

Immigrant Women’s Support Group Workshops

Immigrant Women’s Support Group Workshops

Women come together to make friends, share stories, learn about resources and have fun. We provide information that focuses on participants’ needs and interests such as settlement, health, relationships, legal support, parenting, employment, safety and coping with stress.

Childcare and interpreters are provided as needed.

Creative Club

Immigrant Women’s Creative Club

We encourage women to express themselves creatively through educational arts and crafts. We focus on the positive development of future goals and exploring women’s potential.

Immigrant Women’s Fitness and Wellness Group

Immigrant Women’s Fitness and Wellness Group

Newcomer women receive information about community-based activities and the importance of physical and emotional well-being.

Immigrant Women’s Events

Immigrant Women’s Events

We want immigrant women to feel welcome in their community and their new home country.

These events celebrate womanhood, bring inspiration, share success, provide insights and promote equal rights and responsibilities, while ensuring that immigrant women feel empowered and confident in their new life in Canada.

Programs for Men

Programs For Men Only

For Men Only

We create a safe space where men settling into their new home can make friends, practise English and learn more about life in Canada. Sessions consist of an hour spent cooking followed by an information session or presentation based on the participants’ needs and interests.

Men’s Recreation Club

Men come together to enjoy various sports activities and learn about clubs and recreation centres in Saskatoon.

Men-to-Men Workshops

Men-to-Men Workshops

Immigrant men are encouraged to learn about Canadian values and culture and adapt to them. We talk about family life and issues in Canada, parenting and relationship rights, and provide resources and support to immigrant men, using cultural mediation strategies to strengthen families.

Programs for Seniors

Seniors’ Programming

Seniors’ Programming

Seniors’ Programming, such as the weekly Circle and monthly Hub, gives newcomer seniors a sense of community and belonging. Seniors interact with other seniors, practise their English and learn about the culture and community through activities such as learning about new technologies, quilting, qigong, outings for bowling and bingo and other field trips.

Programs for Everyone

One-on-One Help with Tests

One-on-One Help with Tests

On an individual basis, volunteers are paired with newcomers preparing for written tests on specific subjects, such as vocational training, or applying for certificates related to settlement goals.

Community Gardening

During the summer, newcomers can make use of the City of Saskatoon’s many community gardens to grow their own food. Our program coordinators refer newcomers to a garden in their neighbourhood and give them tips on gardening in our climate.

Newcomer Volunteer Connections

Newcomer Volunteer Connections

Through one-on-one meetings and small-group activities, this program engages immigrants and refugees in volunteering opportunities in our city. Newcomers learn about volunteerism, practise their language skills and make new connections in the community. Volunteer Samplers provide a comfortable way for participants to join a staff member and try out a volunteer role. Volunteer placements in this program include opportunities with organizations throughout the city or with SODS as a Front Desk Greeter, Conversation Circle Assistant, Childminder or Special Events team member.