The importance of connections and having a network in your community is vital now more than ever. The National Connector Program is thriving in communities across Canada and is welcoming two new communities this month. Creating vibrant communities relies on a variety of factors, one being a strong network of people. The Connector Program understands this.
The goal of the Connector Program is to help newcomers create networks to find meaningful employment and build their lives in their chosen community, no matter where in Canada they are. The program matches a leader in their field (Connector) with a person who is new to the community (Connectee). Over a 30-minute meeting, the Connector gains an understanding of the experience, skills and education of the Connectee, and the Connectee has the beginnings of a network of individuals they can call on to help them stay in the community.
The definition of community doesn’t just include a city or town, sometimes it is an industry itself. The Connector Program is thrilled to be welcoming “Instrumental Connections”, part of Music Newfoundland and Labrador (MusicNL), to the National Connector network. “Connecting those in the music sector with local community has proven invaluable for our artists,” says Rhonda Tulk-Lane, Executive Director of MusicNL. “Everything from musical connections to business connections is helping Newfoundland and Labrador retain the talent it requires to survive and thrive.” Instrumental Connections will work across Newfoundland and Labrador to support the music industry and emerging newcomer and newly graduated artists.
The Sudbury Multicultural Folk Arts Association is also beginning a Connector Program to help newcomers build a network in their community. Kelly Louiseize, Project Manager for the Sudbury Multicultural Folk Arts Association says, “the National Connector Program helps newcomers ease into their new surroundings with confidence and clarity.” Sudbury is proud to be a part of the National Connector Program. “Representatives within the NCP sincerely want to see the program’s popularity spread and are quick with call backs to better newcomers’ chances of success.”
“Newfoundland and Labrador and Sudbury join almost 40 other communities in the National Connector Program that they can turn to for best practices, information, and support. Congratulations to both communities. We look forward to seeing your positive influence on your respective communities,” says Robyn Webb, Executive Director of the National Connector Program.
If you are interested in becoming a connector, connectee or beginning a Connector Program in your community, please visit the website at www. https://connectorprogram.ca/.