Welcoming newcomers with quality sport

Starting over in a new country can be extremely difficult.

That's why Sport for Life pitched the Building More Movement and Social Connection for Newcomers Project to the City of Victoria, as part of their annual Participatory Budgeting contest — spearheaded by our Senior Manager of Operations Kabir Hosein. If successfully selected, our organization plans to identify and reduce/eliminate barriers to key services and supports with a primary focus on easy-to-access physical activity and social connection opportunities that many newcomers lack when they first arrive in Canada.

“When I first moved to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago with my wife and four kids, I experienced the newcomer experience firsthand. Through our work with organizations such as the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS), we’ve been able to explore initiatives that ease the transition for families coming to Canada for the first time,” said Hosein.

“The Building More Movement and Social Connection for Newcomers project has the potential to positively impact newcomers throughout our region, connecting them to vital sport opportunities and drawing them into the larger community.”

If successful, the project could ultimately receive $30,900 in funding. To learn more and to vote for the project, click here.

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