2016 Annual Report

In 2016, we were reminded of the vital role and responsibility we have, as an immigrant-serving agency, at a time of polarized immigration politics, social exclusion, and the Syrian humanitarian crisis.
— — Rebecca Georgis, MFRS board chair 2016

 

What we achieved:

  • MFRS responded to the arrival of 1795 Syrian refugees that arrived in Edmonton by providing holistic family cultural brokering support at our new Satellite Family Support Office 
  • The eighth annual Multicultural Celebration event had 535 participants representing over 21 languages
  • Support for over 20 festive celebrations that provided a meal and community networking for over 2500 newcomers
  • 15,787 volunteer hours given to our parent/child programs
  • Established new culturally responsive strategies to open up the conversation  around sexual health & violence in ethnocultural communities
  • Enhanced programming to better respond to growing participation and added new groups including a men's group in the Ethiopian & Eritrean community
Through our annual focus groups, we learned from our participants of new trends impacting their family and community that generated new MFRS programs and projects to enhance the skills, knowledge and confidence of newcomers to walk in 2 cultures.
— Winnie Chow-Horn, MFRS Executive Director