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Friday, October 1, 2021

Message from the Chair


By Coleen Schneider



Some of the strongest, most remarkable women I know are those who choose to leave their countries of origin and establish new homes in Canada.  These women come to this country for a variety of reasons but one shared reason is to create better lives for themselves and their loved ones.  

They, like my own immigrant grandmother and great grandmothers, face challenges!  
These include how to be treated with respect and dignity as they navigate their way through learning a new language and culture, and how to find support for themselves while they in turn give support to their loved ones.  All this must happen while in a new, unfamiliar country! Such tasks can be overwhelming.

This is where Changing Together comes in.  What a remarkable organization!  It was founded in 1984 by a group of immigrant women ...


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The language barrier was heightened for Norma and her family as they moved to Canada from Mexico just as the Covid-19 pandemic began. Norma’s primary motivation for learning English was to help her children out with schoolwork as the immediate transition to online learning made it extremely difficult for them to adjust to school in Canada. Norma spent weeks looking for English classes so that she could support her family but had no luck as many organizations had specific requirements to admit people into their classes (such as being a member of a specific faith or ethnic group). Eventually, Norma found our centre, where our dedicated instructors equipped her with resources and lessons to help her teach herself English until in-person classes could resume. In just over a year, Norma is now fluent in English, has recently written the national broker’s license exam, and is on track to ...


Monday, May 14, 2018

This is Francisca! When Francisca first came to Edmonton, she experienced extreme social anxiety due to the language barrier she faced. Francisca was afraid that people would judge her for not knowing English and spent many months alone and confined to her apartment as a way to minimize social interactions. With the encouragement of her mother, Francisca stepped outside of her comfort zone and began attending Changing Together’s English classes in January. CT provided Francisca with a safe space that has helped her feel more empowered, independent, and confident. Our blend of group and one on one learning activities has helped Francisca feel less lonely and find a community of like-minded women who offer one another unwavering support. After becoming fluent in English, Francisca hopes to complete her high school education and build a career that will help her enable other people’s success.  Picture (Click Here)