Film Night: El Contrato (The Contract), Langford Schoolhouse, 1694 Colborne St. E, Brantford, Wednesday, 6-7:30 pm
Welcoming our Neighbours programme
This award winning film " follows the story of several Mexican and Jamaican seasonal workers in the Leamington area. Discussion to follow about the struggles workers face when they leave their families to come and work in Canada each year.
Speakers: Bikes for Migrant Workers, Saturday, March 24th – 2 sessions
Interested in fixing bikes or in learning how to fix bikes?
Have a workshop space you’re not using? Need some high school co-op or volunteer hours? Looking to get more involved in your community?
Guest speakers, Mark Gaudet and Terry Weiner retired to Niagara, and share their bike repair skills by refurbishing bikes for Seasonal Agricultural Workers in the Niagara region. Since 2016, they have worked out of their garages to deliver 40 refurbished bikes to farmworkers. The project is supported by local businesses, bike stores, sponsors and volunteer bike mechanics.
Come learn how our community could set up a similar program. The project would require bike donations, a garage to house a bike repair station, volunteer bike mechanics, high school students and volunteers wanting to learn bike repair skills, and outreach to let farmworkers (Caribbean and Latino) and farm owners know about the programme. Please contact us if you have any questions. This event is part of a Creating Welcoming Communities - Welcoming Our Neighbours Project by the Langford Conservancy. For more info or to get involved, please contact ella@Lconserv.org or call 519-647-0798.
Morning, 10-11:30 am
Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, Burford,
Afternoon, 1:30-3 pm
Bethel Church, Waterdown
Full-time, 37.5 hr/wk; $17.50/hour
April-November 2018, must be 30 or under
Position involves fostering an inclusive, welcoming community for newcomers (including migrant farmworkers)
The position involves assisting with all aspects of this community development project, including:
- event planning and promotion of community events (including the use of social media)
- the preparation and serving of meals for events,
- guided farm and trail walks,
- preparing the grounds and Langford Schoolhouse for events,
- management of the community garden plots,
- teaching about:
- organic farming and gardening techniques, restorative and ecological farming, sustainable land use practices to encourage biodiversity, farming and climate change, local threats to farmland, and
- the identification of native and edible plant species, and cultural variation in the use of these plants.
The project is designed to:
- create an inclusive welcoming rural community for newcomers (including migrant farmworkers),
- Introduce participants to organic farming philosophy and practices,
- help participants to identify local medicinal and edible plants,
- share knowledge about how other cultures use plants,
- familiarize participants with local rail trail systems and the Grand River waterways, and
- educate about the protection of farmland and the ecosystem.