The Immigrant Welcome Centre of the Comox Valley organized a free kidney screening recently for the local community.
Besides providing important information regarding health and the significance of well-functioning kidneys, it also facilitated the act of coming together and creating relationships between newcomers and locals in the Comox Valley in pursuit of common interests – healthy living.
Much of the event’s success is owed to exceptional team coordination between the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch and the Immigrant Welcome Centre. The organizers were able to create a relaxed atmosphere during the screening process.
Over 40 community members, both newcomers and locals, attended the screening. It didn’t take long before newcomers and locals began mingling and helping each other work together through the screening procedures.
The event showed real unity in the community that was presented by all those who attended. Language barriers were swiftly overcome and the Immigrant Welcome Centre displayed its important role in bringing together all members of the community.
“(The Immigrant Welcome Centre) should be proud of the work that you are doing at your centre,” said Laurie Mark, targeted screening co-ordinator of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch. “I was amazed of the variety of support you offered to the community.”
The Immigrant Welcome Centre serves the Comox Valley, Campbell River and North Island, providing services to immigrants to help them integrate and settle into Canada. Over 600 clients have been served in the past year, as immigration continues to bring innovative and skilled newcomers to the community.
— Immigrant Welcome Centre