The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
We see a future where many citizens walk with newcomers to bridge their transition into community. To achieve this vision we will serve as a key catalyst and leading collaborator in positively shaping the attitudes, behaviours and practices of organizations and individuals to value the diversity that newcomers bring to community.
The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) is an immigrant settlement agency whose primary focus is the successful and integrative settlement of newcomers to Edmonton. The agency operates in an inclusive environment, with a welcoming atmosphere and a holistic approach to settlement practices. EMCN offers comprehensive settlement services, including support for the most basic of needs and more intensive support for newcomers with multiple barriers. EMCN revolves its practices around the values of social justice, diversity, compassion, and responsibility, and strives to achieve these values while improving the quality of life for all newcomers and Canadians alike.
The Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN) is a community agency that seeks to assist immigrants and refugees coming to the Edmonton area in achieving full participation in the community as well as contributing their experiences and skills to strengthen and enrich the lives of all Canadians.
This vision is pursued through a wide range of programs and services that include English as a Second Language (ESL), employment services, settlement counselling, personal counselling, community development and community economic development, advocacy, and education.
The agency is committed to work in full collaboration with newcomers and their communities to provide programs to meet their needs. There is also a commitment to work with other community agencies in partnerships when possible.
Our Commitment to Serving People
Some current priorities include family literacy, refugee housing, and specialized counselling for survivors of torture and trauma. ESL services are geared to those needing part time classes at different times of day and employment services range from brief advice to full year programs such as the Engineers’ and Technologists’ Integration Program.
The community-capacity building projects we work on are often developed or greatly supported by volunteers the many of whom are members in the ethno-cultural communities. They include associations members, board members, cultural brokers and settlement workers volunteering many hours on an ongoing basis.
EMCN works from a variety of locations in Edmonton, with its main site at 11713 – 82 Street.
EMCNs activity began in 1982 and it currently has about 70 staff as well as several hundred volunteers each year. Major funders are the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, as well as United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, Family and Community Support Services, United Nations, The Muttart Foundation, Region 6 Child and Family Authority and Edmonton Community Foundation.
EMCN is a registered society in Alberta and a registered charity with the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. (1188 939 57 RR 0001)
Thank you for your interest in EMCN.