Cartwright - Roblin Community Development Corporation agreed to pursue a project of attracting newcomers to our community using immigration as a tool. A community meeting was held to give information to local businesses about the immigration process and how skilled workers could be found to fill skilled worker vacancies. Cartwright - Roblin Municipality has a strong manufacturing business base and these businesses were finding it difficult to fill labor shortages.
The first success was in April 2004 and to date (March 2008) 16 families (70 people) have moved to within Cartwright - Roblin Municipality. They herald from a variety of countries and continents including England, Germany, Russia, Mexico, Israel and Bolivia. These newcomers have been welcomed to our community.
The influx of children into our local school has expanded the dynamics and teaching methods have been adapted to accommodate needs. Integration into the community has been an ever-evolving process and new classes and social groups have developed, again responding to need. Cartwright hosts an English as Additional Language Classes on a weekly basis and its run by Westman Immigration Services in Brandon MB.
Most newcomers make an exploratory visit to the community to meet prospective employers, view housing and visit schools. A tour of the community is arranged through the Community Development Corporation and municipal employees are always eager and willing to answer questions and assist whenever needed.
Today Cartwright Killarney Boissevain Settlement Services is funded by and has become a branch of Westman Immigrant Services (WIS). WIS brings services, such as English Classes, Zoom Art classes, Interpretation Services, and Workshops for all newcomers.
For questions or more information please contact
April Archambault @ (204)-529-2082 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Settlement hours in Killarney are 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. every Thursday at Lakeland Regional Library and from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. in Boissevain at the Municipal building.
Please see WIS for more information.