MANSO has several standing member committees that work toward addressing identified gaps for immigrants and refugees.  Committee membership is open to staff of MANSO member organizations as well as representatives from other stakeholders, including other non-profit, government and public institutions.  Please feel free to contact us for further information about joining a committee or current information on their meetings and activities.

HEALTH COMMITTEE

The Heath Committee works to improve awareness and access to mental health services for newcomers to Manitoba.  Their projects include hosting a Mental Wellness Forum to raise awareness and understanding of mental health services as well as discussing barriers that newcomers encounter in accessing these services.

HOUSING COMMITTEE

The Housing Committee advocates to increase access to affordable housing for newcomers to Manitoba and works to provide accessible and accurate information to newcomers and service-providers on housing.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Professional Development Committee works to increase the capacity of staff of the settlement sector and provide guidance to MANSO’s staff and board of directors on professional development initiatives. The committee also supports the planning and evaluation of MANSO’s PD initiatives.

EMPLOYMENT and QUALIFICATION RECOGNITION

The Employment and QR Committee strategizes on employment-related issues as they affect the newcomer community and shares up-to-date information with members around QR while providing a sounding board for QR issues.  As a new committee, their initiatives will be developed as they meet over the coming months.

CARE FOR NEWCOMER CHILDREN

The Care for Newcomer Children (CNC) Committee works to provide guidance, support and information to MANSO members who offer IRCC childcare programming under the Childminding Monitoring, Advisory and Support (CMAS) regulations. As a new committee, their initiatives will be developed as they meet over the coming months.

RESEARCH

The Research Committee works to identify needed areas of settlement & immigration research, review partnership proposals for research projects and assist with planning research dissemination activities.