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Learning more about diversity and the challenge of belonging is helpful in our journey to becoming great neighbours, volunteers, and leaders in our communities.

Working is a major part of everyone’s life and your influence as an employer has a significant impact on newcomers to the region. As you work to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace, this guide and toolkit can be used as a tool for employee engagement and learning.

As someone new to the Pembina Valley, this guide and toolkit will help you understand more about the communities you live in.

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1Mentorship – consider being a workplace or community mentor to support newcomer understanding of how things work in Canada – long-time residents of the Pembina Valley know so much, but you can be a newcomer and do this too. Share what you know about your home, so others come to love it here too!Mentorship – create
a series of workplace
contacts for newcomers
to go to for support at
Access settlement
support at Regional
Connections Immigrant
Services –
2Carpooling – You can volunteer your services through Regional Connections or create a workplace carpool to share rides and costs associated with travelling to work. Regional Connections can provide you with standard rate information that can be used to support your efforts.Take extra time in
for explanation/
communication around
policies and chain of
Pembina Valley Service
Map –
3Neighbourhood tours – when a newcomer arrives (from anywhere in Canada, the next town, or an international destination), help them understand the resources in your neighbourhood.Be clear and
explanatory about
workplace cultural
norms and expectations
– verbally and in writing
(use examples to aid
Build relationships
around you – with
your neighbours and
4Shopping Tours – many markets in other countries are set-up differently than what we know and experience in Canada – help someone understand where and how to find the foods that they are familiar and comfortable with or help with research on suitable substitutes you can find locally.Meet periodically with
your newcomers to
discover the difference
between your
perception and their
reality and be prepared
to enact change if

Learn about your
• Visit local attractions –
museums, parks,
• Learn about
the community
celebrations (winter
and summer festivals)
• History
5Learn about the newcomers at work and in your neighbourhood – what connections can you make that helps you share understanding?Recognize international
education and
developed skills.
Ask if you do not

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