As a community-based settlement agency, the Mennonite New Life Centre is a place of welcome, friendship and community, where newcomers and neighbours gather to support each other, learn from each other, and take action together for a more just and compassionate society.
The Mennonite New Life Centre envisions a society in which all people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life. We will model an approach that brings together community engagement and community services, working together with newcomers to reduce insecurity and reach integration, strengthen voices and increase social equality.
The Mennonite New Life Centre’s mission is to facilitate newcomer settlement and integration through holistic services and community engagement, carried out within a gender justice and anti-oppression framework.
Values of the Mennonite New Life Centre
- Community Building
- Participation and Voice
- Equity and Integration
- Peace with Social Justice
- To assist newcomers to meet integration needs, form social networks, voice priorities and shape their environment through community engagement;
- To provide caring and professional settlement services that address short and long term needs and aspirations for newcomers.
- To deliver high quality language instruction, employment and child minding services, that support newcomers to fulfill goals and contribute skills to Canada.
- To offer emotional support to newcomers struggling with different kinds of stress or trauma, and to promote resilience, strength and well-being at the individual and community level.
Commitment to Anti-Oppression
The Mennonite New Life Centre recognizes that each migration and settlement experience is unique and influenced by intersecting oppressions. In our services and advocacy, we will acknowledge and challenge barriers and discrimination faced on grounds including ethnicity, race/colour, religion/creed, political opinion, country of origin, citizenship/immigration status, age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, family status, type of housing, neighbourhood of residence, language, and ability. We advocate at the individual and the systemic level.