Multicultural Health Brokers Co-op (MCHB) began 24 years ago to support Edmonton’s newcomers. The goal was to enhance the health and well-being of families, and foster their efforts at building community so they could thrive, and actively contribute to society. Our cultural brokers are from immigrant communities, and know first hand the social, economic, and language difficulties that immigrants and refugees face. This places us in a unique position to bridge the gap between newcomer families and Canadian society.
After the initial settlement period, it is the medium and long-term adjustment that is critical for immigrant and refugee integration. MCHB helps this process through our various programs, from peri-natal health, to youth initiatives to seniors outreach. MCHB:
- Supports 16% of all births in the Edmonton region
- Serves 23 cultural/language communities
- Offers inter-cultural competency trainings for government organizations, service providers, and companies
- Supports culturally-responsive practice and policy development in government and community organizations
- Focuses on prevention, and broad determinants of health
- Offers holistic supports – working with families in a manner that respects their individual strengths, challenges and circumstances.
We need YOUR help! Volunteer for our Grocery Run Program!
The Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative (MCHB) is proud to announce the launch of our new Grocery Run program. This program will take donated foods from grocers, distributors, and other food outlets, that would otherwise go to waste, and get it into the hands of newcomer refugee and immigrant families who are in crisis. These families are struggling to make ends meet and lack food for an evening meal or for their children’s lunches.
MCHB is looking for drivers with good driving records and their own vehicle. Larger vehicles such as vans or trucks will be preferred, while the ability to help carry small to medium sized boxes would be ideal. This role would require two hours once or twice per month, mostly on Friday mornings. Reliability will be of the utmost importance. Examples of grocery runs include picking up fresh produce from distributors, going to grocery stores and receiving day-old bread, or heading to the Food Bank for emergency food hampers.
MCHB Co-op hosts “Artist in Residence” Canadian-Brazilian filmmaker Julio Munhoz
From May to November 2016, with the support of the Edmonton Arts Council, Chronopia Communications, and the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, the MHB Co-op will be hosting Canadian-Brazilian filmmaker Julio Munhoz during his “Artist in Residence Program”.
Julio has been sharing updates on this project on the MCHB Artist in Residence News Facebook page! Please take a moment to visit the page and see what’s new, view some of our creative work and photos.
Julio Munhoz is a film director and producer with a keen interest in documentaries and art films, directing, producing and creating independent film and television projects. He studied film at FAAP University, Faculty of Communication, São Paulo, Brazil; physics and geography at UFRGS University, Brazil; and holds a bachelor of General Studies in Arts and Sciences through Athabasca University, Canada. Julio has written and directed documentary, animation, drama, and corporate films, some of which have been awarded and exhibited in film festivals such as Gramado International Film Festival (Brazil), Amiens Film Festival (France), Tokyo Video Festival (Japan), and Faro International Film Festival (Portugal). He also dedicates time to film education, creating and coordinating film courses to film education organizations. More information: www.chronopia.ca
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