Building Bridges

The new format of the program was an adaptation of the Building Bridges program that runs very successfully for over 20 years at the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) in Vancouver – British Columbia. Through the combination of these 2 great initiatives MIAG created the Building Bridges program in Ontario.

Building Bridges program is for immigrant women who have an upper-intermediate level of English and some experience or desire to work in a group or community setting. They have a well-developed awareness and experience of the immigration and settlement process and are eager to share that experience as community leaders and cultural ambassadors in their communities.

If you are a women interested in developing your facilitation skills and furthering or exploring your career opportunities in a community/network setting, this program will be a great resource to you. Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and resources to enhance their employment possibilities and establish a strong community support network.

The program consists of 15 weeks of classroom activities and 20 hours practicum that take place concurrently. Successful participants must be committed to participating fully in both.

For current program information kindly  see  the flyer. For registration please contact Melissa Lopes at MIAG (905)270-6252 or email:

Building Bridges is funded by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Hundreds of women participated in this program. Following is a testimonial from previous programs:

“Before the start of the program, I did not know what to do. Now, after the program, I know what I need to improve on. I have to improve my networking and I have to find volunteer opportunities. In Building Bridges, I gained practical facilitation and cross-cultural knowledge and skills, encouraged me to believe in myself, to pursue my goals, and not to give up. Building Bridges help us to build the strength and confidence we need to face the difficulties of our daily life. Also, the program worked as a bridge between us and the community we intend to serve. I get connected with neighborhood community, community resources, and build up my own networking, so I have the feelings of belonging somewhere and empowered.”

S. Farhana Sarfaraz (BB – participant)