When newcomers arrive in Canada, the experience can be overwhelming. They must learn how to navigate everyday life in an unfamiliar country, with a different culture, different systems, and different customs. Finding their financial footing can be a challenge. Through community-based support groups, the New Foundations program gives newcomers the opportunity to develop essential life skills.

Get Involved through Volunteer Mentorship

As a mentor within the Victoria MCC BC New Foundations Program team, you will provide ongoing support and friendship to a New Foundations participant (single parent newcomer to Canada). 

Purpose of assignment: To be a mentor and friend to one or more New Foundations participants. 

Time commitment: One or two hours once per week or every two weeks. Optional - attendance at New Foundations workshops (on alternate Wednesday mornings for two hours). 

Tasks and responsibilities include: 

  • Consult and plan with the New Foundations Program Coordinator to determine which participants are most in need of a mentor and appropriate ways to be a mentor-friend, e.g. go for a walk together, visit a playground or community library with the participant and his/her children, etc. 
  • Complete a vulnerable person check or provide this document if it is already completed. 
  • Attend a volunteer orientation. 
  • Optional attendance in the New Foundations workshops where you will interact with participants and participate in individual/group learning activities. 
  • Initiate friendships with New Foundations participants and begin to connect more deeply with one or more participants. 
  • Invite one or two participants to do an activity with you in between New Foundations workshops, e.g. go for a walk, visit a park, etc. 
  • During these outings, listen to the participant(s); respond in a kind, supportive way to their questions and concerns; guide them to discover answers to their questions through community resources, websites, etc. 
  • Provide ongoing support and encouragement to participants as they work through program material including goal setting, budgeting, resume writing, etc. 
  • Periodically send texts or emails to let the participant(s) know you are thinking of them


Fill out an application form here! 


MCC BC (Head Office Address below, not location of program)
201 - 33933 Gladys Ave.
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E8
BC New Foundations Program Coordinator
201 - 33933 Gladys Ave.
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E8

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