TiHS Episode 22 - Abby David

TiHS Episode 21: Abby David – collaboration during a pandemic

Earlier this Summer I learned that the New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) had been doing some innovative coordinating work with member agencies after everyone pivoted to remote work. I was curious about their work with member agencies to develop policies and tools and share best practices. In this conversation Abby David shares how NBMC worked together as a provincial sector and what the fruits of that work have been.


TiHS Episode 21: Laura Mannix – innovation is in our sector’s DNA

Laura Mannix is the Director of Community Development at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. I spoke with Laura to talk about her work bringing social innovation culture into her organization, as well as how DIVERSECity has been able to pivot remotely. We talk about what all of that has meant for the kind of community work that they do and how it relates to newcomer and community engagement as well.


TiHS Episode 20: Hope Nestor – data-driven community services and inclusion

Welcome to episode 20 of the Technology in Human Services Podcast. Be data driven. Make your decisions based on data. We’ve all heard the platitudes. And data is something that the immigrant and refugee-serving sector has huge amounts of, and does very little with. In 2017, the Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership started looking into changing that.

What's the best way to create a national sector digital literacy education approach?

What’s the best way to create a national immigrant & refugee-serving sector digital literacy education approach?

So, the short answer is I don’t know. But what I do know is that we can learn from others. So, here are some examples of digital professional development and education in other sectors that we might as well study, learn & borrow from, and build on.

Settlement and Integration Sector Virtual Learning Exchange panel

Recording: Settlement and Integration Sector Virtual Learning Exchange

This is a recording and notes from presentations at an immigrant and refugee-serving sector-only virtual event on June 16, 2020. I was honored to moderate the panel. The panelists focused on technological adaptations made to settlement service delivery due to COVID-19, share promising practices and challenges, as well as other outcomes from the sector discussion.

Thoughts on virtual meetings

Thoughts on virtual meetings

You know when you’re compiling resources to read and share later and then you don’t? Yeah. The title of this post is the subject line of an email from a colleague who asked me about how to improve online meetings and webinars. And it occurred to me that I had answers! All waiting to be shared. Thank you for asking! So, here is what I sent. I hope you find this useful.

Digital inclusion and the digital divide

Digital inclusion and the digital divide

Given income inequality and poverty trends among newcomers, especially those from racialized groups, along with trends towards increased digital service provision across sectors, it should be a concern to us that, while newcomer clients can be among the most digitally literate and connected, they can be among the most vulnerable and still remain digitally, socially, and economically isolated.