Breaking Ground, our career development program, is back!

We have an exciting announcement: Breaking Ground is back on January 21st!

Breaking Ground is our 8-week career development program for Permanent Residents and newcomers between the ages of 17 and 30. This program will help you plan for your future and take key steps to reach your education and employment goals.

As newcomers in Canada, it can be difficult to break into the job market when you don’t have a specific trade, credentials, or Canadian work experience. Through this program you will discover more about yourself, your strengths and learning styles. You will practice important skills like communication, teamwork, and problem solving, and develop strategies for success in Canada. Expert guest speakers will offer insights on landing a job, financial planning, and more.

The details

The next Breaking Ground session runs from January 21 to March 24, 2020. Meetings are held each Tuesday from 4-6pm, and three Saturday sessions will be held from 10-4pm (with lunch provided). All meetings are at the Global Gathering Place Main Office at 100 5th Avenue North. Here is the full list of meeting dates:

Tuesdays 4-6pm:

January 21, 28

February 4, 11, 25

March 3, 17, 24

Saturdays 10am-4pm:

Feb 1, 22

March 14

Clients are also encouraged to book 1-on-1 appointments with the Global Gathering Place facilitator, Michelle, who can assist with individual needs (e.g. résumés, job search and applications, and emotional support).

Applicants should be committed to their personal and professional development, and able to stick the program for all 8 weeks.

There is a limited number of openings for Breaking Ground, so apply now by contacting Michelle at 306-665-0268, or email You can also fill out the application in person at GGP.

What participants say about Breaking Ground

“Breaking Ground was a wonderful experience for me. The atmosphere you create, teaching people to know their strengths and weaknesses, taking people to the library, bringing people and experts to share their experiences and knowledge, and drawing out the important steps in one’s life, all of them are really great.” – Yousef

“It was useful for me how to reach the goal and improve my knowledge. This program encouraged me to reach a long-term goal.”  – Suk Maya

“After this course I know how to search for a job more systematically and organized. I know more about job interview, taxes, and banking.”  – Amanuel

A Breaking Ground success story

Lily moved to Canada with her parents last summer. Initially shy and reluctant to join programs at GGP, last winter she joined Breaking Ground to try something new. Here she was able to receive support in planning for her future in Canada, including mapping out her goal of returning to university to study Medicine, and what to do in the meantime to build her resume.

Lily had a few job interviews after the program, and said that it was very helpful to learn about common interview questions in Breaking Ground. She was also able to learn more about her rights as a worker, and was able to recognize that it was illegal when an employer who offered her a position told her she would not be paid for job training. Through Breaking Ground and other programs at GGP, Lily built up the knowledge and confidence to assert herself and her rights.

She made many new friends and connections and is more relaxed and happy in her new home. In particular, she learned more about the community, resources for finding a job, and about what other supports and programs exist for newcomers, which she would not have known about otherwise. After the program Lily began to study for the IELTS test with hopes of entering the University of Saskatchewan to obtain an undergraduate degree.

Know someone who would benefit from Breaking Ground? Please share this information with them. 


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