Mini conference – Use of Technology by the Settlement Sector

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Pathways to Prosperity recently held their annual conference. I participated in a panel discussing Use of Technology by the Settlement Sector.

I really enjoyed the presentations, and the discussion that followed. There are great and innovative things going on in the sector. You’ll get a glimpse of that in the presentations below.

I’d also love any feedback, comments, critiques about my own presentation, if you get a chance to view it.

Here’s the session description:

Technology has been described as having unlimited potential, and this may include within the settlement sector. In  this session, we address how the settlement sector can use technology to improve access to services, improve the  services themselves, reach a larger number of immigrants both pre- and post-arrival, reach immigrants at a  distance, and present a mode of delivery that many immigrants are seeking. This session will include a discussion of  the opportunities that technology presents and the limitations that may be inherent in its use. The session will also  include examples of the use of technology in new ways in a variety of contexts.

Watch the playlist of panel presenters below (each video will play automatically after the first). Or, click on the individual links under the video for the particular presentation you’d like to see. Slides from my presentation are embedded below.


Individual presentations

Internet and Social Media Use Among Newcomers to Canada. Are You Ready? Your Clients Are (14:13)
Marco Campana

Going the Distance (11:20)
Kathy Burnett, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

In Search of a Sustainable Model for Communities of Practice in the Settlement Sector (15:53)
Dave Montague, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Our Journey in Technology — Lessons and Learnings (15:26)
Shelley Zuckerman, North York Community House

Working Smarter, Not Harder: Using Technology at Work (15:06)
Kathy Sherrell, ISSofBC

Visit the Pathways to Prosperity site to see slides and presentations from the preconference and conference sessions.

I love, love, love that they’re making the conference archive available and accessible in this way!

Image: Will Lion – information hydrant (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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