Arch­dio­cese of Sher­brooke marks In­ter­cul­tural En­coun­ters Week

Sherbrooke Record - - EDITORIAL - Record Staff

As part of the Sher­brooke Week of In­ter­cul­tural En­coun­ters, Nov. 1 to 11, the Arch­dio­cese of Sher­brooke will con­trib­ute to the pro­gram by of­fer­ing a café-partage on Fri­day, Nov. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m. at 95 rue Ozias-leduc.

The ac­tiv­ity en­ti­tled Home and In­te­gra­tion: How to Meet the Chal­lenges? will of­fer a dis­cus­sion on the re­al­ity of new­com­ers and the chal­lenges they face ev­ery day. The an­i­ma­tion will be pro­vided by Fr. Jean-marc Gré­goire c.m.m and Véronique Douti from the in­ter­cul­tural pastoral mis­sion of the Arch­dio­cese. They will be ac­com­pa­nied by Louise Car­rier, a vol­un­teer with new­com­ers.

"When you come to a new coun­try, you have to adapt to a com­pletely dif­fer­ent world. Whether at the gro­cery store, phar­macy, or other pub­lic places, you must recre­ate land­marks. Ev­ery­thing has to be learned, "said Douti.

In­ter­cul­tural pastoral care by the Arch­dio­cese of Sher­brooke pays par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the ma­te­rial, so­cial, and spir­i­tual needs of refugees and peo­ple of im­mi­grant back­ground. It of­fers spon­sor­ship and helps new­com­ers on a daily ba­sis.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion sup­ports im­mi­grant fam­i­lies who do not speak French by pro­vid­ing sup­port for par­ent meet­ings at school or for med­i­cal ap­point­ments. It can also pro­vide trans­port for some to classes or teach the ba­sics of driv­ing to those who have to prac­tice to ob­tain their li­cense.

The lead­ers of the in­ter­cul­tural pastoral mis­sion have also set up a sewing work­shop where women of all re­li­gions are wel­come. This train­ing al­lows im­mi­grant women to learn how to han­dle thread and the nee­dle while so­cial­iz­ing with each other.

The pur­pose of these in­ter­ven­tions is to help new­com­ers adapt to their new home en­vi­ron­ment and to quickly re­gain their so­cial au­ton­omy.

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