As newcomers, most of us struggle to integrate into our new communities. However, our personal and professional journeys can become easier with some support and mentorship. And that’s what we offer you to reach your goals.
Our settlement services are run mainly by volunteers from the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services – Richmond Hill. Our volunteers from diverse backgrounds have similar experiences to yours and can empower you with their insights.
SERVICES WE OFFER:
- English and French Conversation Circles.
- Study and Networking groups for internationally trained professionals, including those in regulated professions, i.e., medical graduates, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, and engineers.
- Professional Networking Café to help immigrants in their job search.
- Professional designation and certifications study group.
- Social events and cultural events.
- Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) – year-round income tax clinic.
- Volunteer Management, student placements, and newcomer volunteer orientations.
Besides the core services offered at the Welcome Centre, our events bring alive the vibrant components of our Canadian culture. Join the events and connect with our volunteers during various programs, whether you are looking for a light-hearted chat or a deep conversation.
If you are excited about how we run our volunteer-based service, how about joining us as volunteers? As part of our Volunteer Management Program, we always welcome volunteers willing to share their time, experience, and expertise with newcomers.
My name is Dr. Mahmuda Yesmin. I am an international medical doctor from Bangladesh. Besides my medical degree from back home, I completed a master’s in Public health (MPH) from the University of Saskatchewan. I have several years of experience working as a licensed physician in Bangladesh. I joined Catholic Community Services of York Region (CCSYR) in 2021 to get guidance on studying for licensing exams and learn about the pathway to residency in Canada. I passed both Nac OSCE and MCCQE1, received Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC), and I look forward to getting a residency match. I am grateful for the study groups of CCSYR and want to give back to the community, so I am facilitating a Nac OSCE study group at CCSYR. I am so thankful to CCSYR for their support.
I started my journey in Canada in 2020. After writing MCCQE1 exam a friend of mine told me about CCSYR and their efforts in helping IMG (International medical graduate). I joined CCSYR for the NAC Osce exam and passed it with excellent score in September 2022. Teachers and mentors at CCSYR played an immense role in my success. At the moment I am waiting for match results and meanwhile I am giving back to CCSYR and community by leading the NAC Osce classes. CCSYR has been a great community and support in all my journey.