Participants are guided through a series of hands-on workshops and presentations where they set short-term and long-term goals. Breaking Ground empowers young adult clients to break into the job market and begin their journey towards finding a meaningful career in Canada.
Our BrightStart! program engages mothers with young children. Through structured play, crafts, songs and presentations, mothers develop support networks and improve parenting and language skills. Children learn how to follow instructions, take turns, share, and are more prepared for school in Canada.
CHEF - Cooking Healthy, Economical Food
CHEF participants learn to cook complete meals and are involved in all aspects of food preparation including planning, shopping, and cooking. Participants become familiar with local supermarkets, learn to prepare balanced meals, and practice food safe handling in the kitchen.
Participants learn content from the Discover Canada guide for their upcoming Canadian citizenship exams. Each week, there are assignments, group activities, videos and handouts to help participants further understand Canada’s culture, history, politics, geography and more!
Coffee and Conversation
Every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 4pm, Coffee and Conversation brings volunteers and newcomers together for casual discussions. Clients are able to meet other newcomers, network with volunteers, practice language skills, learn more about life in Saskatoon, and Canadian culture.
Students gain important computer literacy skills including basic keyboarding skills, navigating the internet, and Microsoft Office applications. The goal is to introduce computer skills into clients' everyday life, and to increase their confidence using a computer at the workplace.
Driving Theory is offered monthly for 10 hours, and is delivered by a registered driving instructor. This program helps clients gain the knowledge of traffic signs, rules of the road, basic driving laws, and regulations necessary to gain their Class 7 learners' licence.
Drop-In Information Sessions
Every other week, GGP offers one in a series of information sessions designed to educate newcomers on a variety of settlement and integration topics including: parenting, community involvement, employment, Canadian culture, health care, education, personal and property cleanliness, driving, winter preparation, and volunteering.
Family Fun and Fit
Through sporting activities, field trips, and cultural events, Family, Fun and Fit introduces participants to a new recreational activity every weekend. The hope is that once clients become familiar with the facilities, events, and services available, they access them independently.
GGP runs annual flu clinics at both locations at which clients are able to receive a flu vaccination free of charge.
Get Financially Fit!
At group sessions, clients receive advice from a certified financial planner on investing, saving, and buying a home.
Offered at Bishop Klein, Pope John Paul and St. Marguerite schools, this program assists EAL students with their homework, classroom assignments, and preparing for tests. Volunteers work in small groups with the students offering individual support, assisting with each child's unique needs, and introducing activities aimed at improving written and verbal English communications skills.
"Learn to" Sporting Program
The program provides instruction, equipment, and promotes awareness of a popular sport enjoyed by people in Saskatoon. This year, GGP will introduce canoeing and curling to participants. Past sessions introduced tennis and skating.
Friday mornings, clients are welcome to drop into the main office to receive guidance and support in developing and updating their resumes.
Global Gathering Place offers Skills Building sessions designed to improve newcomers' proficiency and familiarity with a number of essential skills including finances, safety and employment. Sessions are 12 to 16 hours in length and topics are:
- Money Management
- Soft Skills
- The Canadian Way, Eh!
- I’m Hired, Now What?
Swimming Without Fear
This program introduces beginner swimmers to the sport of swimming. Classes help participants develop basic swimming skills and teach vital knowledge about water safety, including information about the dangers of the Saskatchewan River.
In partnership with the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, clients work with a professional writer to develop their creative writing, editing, and storytelling skills. Their work is shared at a reading celebration and in a published anthology.
WELL - Women Exchanging Life's Lessons
Women participate in a variety of weekly skills building, social, and informative sessions with an emphasis on health. Professionals from the community are brought in to speak on their area of expertise on topics such as oral hygiene, mental health, cancer prevention, healthy relationships, etc.