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The Syrian Refugee Guide to Canada offers comprehensive information, tools and checklists that will assist Syrian refugees successfully integrate. It is a useful guide for Syrian refugees, private sponsors and settlement workers. Topics include information about Canada and settlement in the first week, the first few weeks, the first year and after the first year. It includes a chapter on the stages of integration and PTSD along with a symptoms checklist. There is a chapter on finding a job, which includes information on alternative careers, transferable skills, workplace communication, networking, gaining Canadian work experience and job search tools and examples. The last topic is on cultural differences and business practices including information on dealing with discrimination and racism. This resource provides a tool to ease the transition of Syrian refugees into Canadian communities and ensure they have the information to successfully integrate and flourish in Canada. It is a valuable resource for Syrian refugees, settlement workers, ESL and EAL teachers and private sponsors.
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Barbara Dixon is the Senior Consultant and President of Diversity ERAA Training. She is recognized internationally as one of Canada’s top diversity trainers and innovative leaders in immigrant integration programming. She has delivered workshops and keynote presentations to over 23,000 participants within 110 organizations across Canada and internationally. She is author of the Newcomer’s Guide to Canada. Barbara envisioned and created Canada’s first post-secondary institution’s diversity and immigrant student support department, initiated and implemented the first Certificate Program in Canada to train certified intercultural trainers, established the first Centre for Immigrant and International Students at a Canadian college and started the first Mentor Program for Immigrants in Canada before it was even called mentoring. Barbara developed the pre-arrival group orientation workshop for the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program (CIIP) for Federal Skilled Workers and provincial nominees from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the East Coast provinces. Currently, she is working on professionalizing Cultural Brokers. She has travelled to 27 countries and has worked in Nigeria, India, China, Philippines and the UK.
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