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The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot: Community Mentor

Altona/Rhineland is participating in an immigration pilot that creates a path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to live in our community. The pilot is designed to support economic development within our community and strengthen our local business’s capacity to develop and retain a skilled workforce.

One key aspect of the Pilot is to support newcomers by matching them with an established member of the community based on needs, interests, and hobbies.


  • Build a lifelong friendship

  • Support building a healthy community

  • Broaden cultural awareness

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Providing general orientation and support

  • Explaining how to navigate systems and public services

  • Developing life skills and offering advice to improve overall well-being

  • Preparing and sharing food

  • Attending or participating in a cultural or sporting event together

  • Opportunities to practice English in an informal environment to develop the comfort and confidence needed to communicate effectively


Time Requirements

  • Matches can communicate in-person, via phone, email, text message or virtually

  • Ideally matches will meet regularly (two hours once a month) for the first year after arrival

Skills & Qualifications

  • Friendly, outgoing, and hospitable

  • Respect for diversity

  • Lived in the community for 3 years

  • Knowledge of community services and opportunities an asset

Orientation and Training

  • Half hour session outlining Regional Connection’s Mission and Core Values

  • Answer any questions

  • Review Volunteer Package

  • Meeting with Newcomer and Volunteer to build a common understanding

  • Support available at any time

Happy Friends

If you would like to sign up or have any questions, please complete this form.

Thanks for submitting!

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