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Introducing Community Services to Migrant Workers in our Area

 

Sept.10, 2012

Simcoe, ON – Entering a new country with a different culture, unfamiliar language and limited knowledge of the services and programs available can be an intimidating experience. The Agricultural Workers Alliance in Simcoe is working to eliminate the barriers our area migrant workers often face as they enter our communities to provide valuable work in our agriculture sector.

On Friday September 21, the Agricultural Workers Alliance (AWA) and supporting community partners welcomes all migrant farm workers to explore the many health and social services available to them while living in our community. An Educational Health Fair will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion in Simcoe from 5:30pm-8:30pm. There will be displays, educational materials, food and representatives from the various services available to answer any questions that may come forth. Community partners who are interested in being involved with this fair are encouraged to contact the (AWA) in Simcoe.

“This is a great opportunity for our area migrant workers to integrate into our community and get a better understanding of what is available to them,” said Fanny Belcoski, Coordinator Agriculture Workers Alliance. “When migrant workers have knowledge of available resources, it is much easier for them to make informed decisions.”

The Agriculture Workers Alliance in Simcoe supports migrant workers with different issues ranging from, translation, tax assistance, information about WSIB, assisting with applications for paternal leaves and CPP and recovering wages from insurance providers. Every year UFCW will raffle an education scholarship for migrant workers. Our office is a place where migrant workers meet other workers from around the world.  We are a home away from home.

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For Further Information please contact

Fanny Belcoski                                                                                                                                                                         

519-426-4056

fanyrestrepo@hotmail.com

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