CANAVUA’s Community Housing Program
We are excited to announce the launch of our new Community Housing Project! With the launch of this project, CANAVUA will be Canada’s first Black-owned and operated structure/program of this nature. The purpose of this program is to provide safe and sustainable housing and a community-gathering centre to the vulnerable community in Alberta, with a particular emphasis on the Greater Edmonton area. Partnered with our other ongoing programs and services–which you can learn more about below.
Individual capacity refers to the reinforcement of skills and abilities. CANAVUA reinforces the capacity of francophone newcomers, who often aren’t familiar with Canadian culture. Through our programs and services, these newcomers gain a sense of belonging and become fully engaged members of our society.
Collective capacity (of organizations and communities) refers to the support lent in working towards common goals (i.e. community leadership initiatives). CANAVUA reinforces the capacity of partnering organizations by recruiting, training, mobilizing and dispatching volunteers throughout the community.
Below is a video of our Executive Director, Dicky Dikamba, during a workshop he gave at the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO) entitled Shaping Our Community: Engaging Newcomers as Volunteers.
Services in Action
CANAVUA operates a French-language branch of Edmonton’s Food Bank on the ground floor of La Cité Francophone, in the very heart of the city’s French-speaking community.
Before giving out food at the Food Bank, boxes of food have to be picked up at Edmonton’s central food bank (located near Kingsway Garden Mall). On Wednesdays at 11:30 AM, some of our volunteers drive to the food bank to pick up the food that will be distributed later that day.
Every Wednesday, CANAVUA’s team of volunteers organize, package, and hand out Videofood to are (mostly) Francophone clientele in need. The distribution phase of our Food Bank begins at 1:00 PM.
Receive Food from Us
If you would like to register to receive food at our Food Bank, please get in touch with us or visit our office. You will need to provide one piece of identity for every member of your household/family in order to sign up.
Driver Training Course
In collaboration with the Alberta Traffic Safety Fund, CANAVUA is offering a new, education program for Francophone drivers in Alberta. This program has been designed to help prevent causing injury and death on Alberta’s roads, and includes the following:
- Six hours of training work shops helping participants to pass their theoretical exam on the rules of the road (Learner’s Licence/Class 7);
- Basics on safe driving for holders of foreign driver’s licences;
- Workshops on new measures intended to combat the most dangerous and persistant bad habits encountered on the road.
To sign up for our driver training course, please contact us to register. All students enrolled our driver training program will be required to read the Alberta Driver’s Handbook, which can be accessed online here.
Meals by Bus
A service devoted to meal-distribution throughout Edmonton to the homeless, new arrivals, isolated persons and families in need, Meals by Bus is conducted one to two Thursdays every month. Additionally, a family Food Bank is held every Wednesday at La Cité Francophone (8627 91 St) beginning at 1:00 PM. Contact us at any time in order to register and receive food.
Meals by Bus is targeted towards homeless people, families and persons with limited mobility in Edmonton. This program was created to respond to a marked need in the city of Edmonton and particularly within the Francophone community. The project was launched on April 26, 2010.
This is a volunteer-based medical initiative for pregnant women, the elderly and low-income families consisting of transportation to medical and laboratory appointment. A volunteer accompanies a patient to his or her appointment and remains on hand. Additionally, competent English-to-French interpretation is provided if necessary.
This service was implemented at the request of the Réseau Santé albertain (Alberta Health Network) after a Francophone family doctor observed that Francophones of low-income, old age, or those unable to speak English fluently often failed to show up to medical appointments! CANAVUA undertakes the responsibility of training volunteers in medical translation and terminology so that they may effectively serve in their roles as interpreters. Since its establishment in July 2011, the Health Navigator Program has been in great demand. In the first 8 months of the program, between July 2011 and March 2012, our volunteers accompanied 163 people on 355 occasions. The challenge that faces us now is to maintain this service with new financial support and additional community partners from the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. The Alberta Health Network is supported by the Société Santé en français (French Health Society).
So much more than a simple transportation service, this volunteer accompanyment program involves the recruitment of Francophones or interpreters who take in hand, when needed, the task of simultaneous translation between patients and healthcare services providers.
A volunteer service for the discharge of protocol tasks and cleaning during seminars, meetings and protests. This service is provided to organizations in demand of volunteers for their activities.
With a team of two to three volunteers, CANAVUA provides a sufficiently large vehicle to help you move (max. 3 hours per request). The mattress delivery service at Sleep Country is available on Saturdays, contingent upon the availability of our volunteers.