The AHC Syrian team has been coordinating an Arabic Women Networking & Conversation circle over the last several weeks. On this particular occasion, in addition to networking and sharing their stories, the women also received hand-made quilted blankets from southern Alberta courtesy of Lynn Sutankay and her family. The ladies appreciated the kind gesture of the gift, which served as a friendly sign of welcome from the community and an exchange of “small town Albertan” culture.

Through this program the women share life skills with other immigrant women, empowering newcomer women to understand, adjust and fully participate in their settlement process. They will learn by sharing their experiences and listening to the experiences of other women. This program creates activities based on their interest and what they would like to learn and share with their community.

Networking with other women from other communities helps:

·  Develop skills to understand and adjust to how things are done in a new country.

·   To have good communication within family, with neighbours and with other people.

·   Develop self-confidence in talking to people or speaking in a group.

·   Identify personal barriers which can get in the way of success.

·   Learn better ways to change ways of doing tasks.

·   Improve English skills

·   Overcome social isolation and increase social network.

·   Promote interaction and peer support among women participants.

·   Meet new friends; build self-confidence.

·    Learn effective problem-solving techniques.

View images from the event below.

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