Community Gaming Grants are administered by the Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch (GPEB), which also regulates gaming in British Columbia. IMSS is a non-profit community organization that directly delivers ongoing programs and services that are designed to benefit the community.
In-kind support in a combination of volunteer time, donated labour, equipment, services and materials from other sources were also needed to run the programs successfully.
The funding from this grant supports the following IMSS programs:
- Women/Seniors Programs-IMSS Women’s Program engage different women population such as immigrant women, second generation women, aboriginal women, and the larger Canadian born women community. Also, there is an engagement to the senior population. The objectives of these activities are to learn about the local community, develop a sense of attachment and belonging as well as to build civic literacy. The participants are provided with different activities such as one-on-one and group mentoring, workshops and discussion forums, networking and per support projects. Also, access to special events pertaining to culture or history and other community events.Another initiative is the sewing program for women. It is designed to help vulnerable women in the community in acquiring the skills for their personal and professional empowerment. The participants will learn basic sewing skills, make new friends, and gain skills that can be used for home business to combat isolation and to contribute to the family.
- IMSS Youth Leadership and Capacity Building Program engage different youth population such as immigrant youth, second generation youth, aboriginal youth, and the larger Canadian born youth population. The objective of this program is to build youth leadership potential while developing a strong social network. In order for youth to be prepared, they need to develop and/or enhance their leadership skills. Leadership training prepares youth to manage time, work as a team, set goals, and start conversations. Promoting youth leadership development is a great way to promote positive life skills learning that starts at an early age. The coordinator of this program delivers regular workshops/activities to youth throughout the year.
- Youth Leadership and capacity training-English Conversation Classes-IMSS of Prince George offers free English Conversation Classes to newcomer immigrants, settled Permanent Residents, Naturalized Canadian Citizens twice a week, for 2 hours each time during summer months (July-August). These classes offers an informal but safe setting for clients to practice English and interact with others under the guidance of a qualified and experienced Language Instructor. This program benefits newcomers to our community by giving them a venue to continue practicing their English during the summer when our regular LINC classes funded by IRCC are not in session. For many clients, attending English classes is their only interaction with others in the community.
- Multicultural child-minding-The IMSS onsite multicultural child-minding centre provides free child-minding to the Summer English Conversation Class participants’ children. Throughout the year, the child-minding program uses Gaming funds to support ongoing programming. Gaming funds allow the child-minding program to introduce special occasions to our newcomer families in a more complete way.
“We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia”