PRESS RELEASE: AAISA launches Information Hub Website for Refugees in Alberta

Screen grab of www.RefugeeAlberta.ca. Plans to open sections for Organizations and other services are underway.

Screen grab of www.RefugeeAlberta.ca. Plans to open sections for Organizations and other services are underway.

Website helps refugees access information in multiple languages that can help them settle and thrive in Alberta.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada – September 7, 2016: The Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) announces the launch of a new website, www.refugeealberta.ca, which will serve as a one-stop shop for refugees to access information on settling in Alberta and services to support them in their new life.
Following one of the largest resettlements of refugees in Canadian history, the website, which is funded by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, responds to a significant need across the province. Since November 2015, Canada resettled 25,000 Syrian refugees across the country–3,792 of which were welcomed by Albertans. Another wave of Syrian refugees integrate into their new lives by providing support with language, employment and social well-being. Over 1,400 of these services can be found on the website’s settlement service database.
Refugees like Sleman Aldib, an electrical engineer, theatre actor, and photographer who came to Calgary from Syria with his family eight months ago, can search for services in their area and find information on important every day topics like where to find a family doctor, what their rights are as a tenant, how to find a job, how the education system works and what to wear in the winter. Aldib, a privately sponsored refugee who provided input on the website, says that “all information you need is in the same place.” The website can also help sponsors like Mayssoun Hneidi, who together with her husband, brought Aldib and his family to Canada. Hneidi believes the website will empower refugees because it “…tells them about Alberta. People are always eager to know about the place they move to and now call home.”
About AAISA
AAISA is a regionally and nationally recognized leader, representative, hub, and an amplifier of the settlement and integration sector in Alberta. As an umbrella organization of immigrant serving organizations, AAISA’s mandate is to build sectorial capacity through professional development, research, and stakeholder engagement. AAISA’s member agencies provide services to assist newcomers in becoming fully integrated members of society. For more information, visit AAISA’s website at www.aaisa.ca.

WeEmploy Inc. extends employment services and social initiatives in AAISA partnership

Steve Mix, left and Sid Mark with WeEmploy Inc. / Friday Professional Group were photographed in the company’s Calgary offices on Wednesday July 20, 2016. Gavin Young/Postmedia

As part of the collaboration, WeEmploy is servicing AAISA’s recruitment needs and is now be listed as a trusted source for employment services for a resettlement efforts across Alberta.

CALGARY, April 12, 2016 – WeEmploy Inc. is working with the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) to bring employment services internally and to its various social programs, starting with helping integrate and settle refugees throughout Alberta.

The move aligns with WeEmploy’s commitment to connecting every stakeholder in the community and its goal of becoming an all-encompassing employment platform for all types of job seekers, business owners and not-for-profit organizations.

AAISA now lists WeEmploy as a highly trusted establishment for employment and job placement needs, included the organization’s agency membership package.

“Lack of access to recruitment services is one of the biggest hurdles anyone can face when moving to a new environment. We hope that, by providing resources for a smooth transition, we are creating a better process for integration,” said Steve Mix, CEO & CoFounder, WeEmploy Inc. “We believe that our entire community of job seekers, businesses and charities benefit from an environment of multiple diverse connections.”

The partnership gives AAISA and its member agencies access to post job listings and hire staff and volunteers, who would like to help refugees learn about Canada and the city in which they reside.

WeEmploy is also connecting employers with suitable newcomer candidates. Newcomers will also be encouraged to create candidate profiles within WeEmploy’s database, which is accessed by over 100 businesses and more than 130 charities across Canada. WeEmploy will also aide AAISA in creating awareness for their upcoming RefugeeAlberta.ca information website via promotion and marketing.

 

“We have seen tremendous support from all over Alberta,” said Kali Readwin, Project Officer for Communications, Outreach and Strategic Partnerships for AAISA. “WeEmploy’s experience in social initiatives and their collaborative influence strengthens the services we can refer our member agencies to, which helps them to better serve newcomers. We hope to continue this collaboration in the long-term.”

RefugeeAlberta.ca is due to launch at the end of April 2016. Important Alberta-wide resources and information for volunteers, donors, refugee-serving agencies, private sponsors, and refugees will be featured on the site, funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

 

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For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Precious de Leon, Community & Engagement Coordinator, WeEmploy Inc.

403-4087767, Precious.deLeon@WeEmploy.com

 

About WeEmploy Inc.

Launched in April 2015, WeEmploy is an online recruitment company that facilitates the matching of employers and charitable organizations with individuals seeking employment and volunteer opportunities. Backed by over 30 years of experience, the company makes the recruitment process efficient and cost-effective. It also empowers the market with knowledge and expertise in staffing and recruitment, job boards, social recruiting, and volunteerism. Charities signed up to WeEmploy use services free-of-charge and have access to a supplemental fundraising tool, WeEmploy Rewards. To date, WeEmploy Inc. has provided over $250,000 in services to charities in Canada and the US.

 

About Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) is a regionally and nationally recognized leader in the settlement and integration sector. As an umbrella organization, AAISA’s mandate is to build sectorial capacity by providing member agencies that serve newcomers access to relevant and meaningful professional development opportunities, to act as a liaison with stakeholders, and provide a centre for knowledge, expertise, and leadership. While AAISA is not a direct-service organization, its member agencies provide services to assist newcomers in becoming fully integrated members of Alberta society. Examples of services that AAISA member agencies provide include orientation, interpretation, counseling, employment services, educational assistance, and programs for immigrant youth.

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