Recently the participants of the workshop at Loon Lake Camp attended an event with members of Barka Canada and the Polish-Canadian community which gave everyone a chance to get to know one another. Delegates from Barka Foundation and affiliate organizations in Europe talked about their work. Barka Canada representatives summed up the workshop and the hopes for attendees’ upcoming trip to Poland.
Twenty people, including several candidates for the study visit to Poland, attended a two-day Leadership Workshop at Loon Lake Camp in Maple Ridge, BC. A formal activity program included:
- an introduction to Barka Canada and its work
- a presentation on migration stress by Dr. Maria Daszkiewicz (a psychiatrist)
- brainstorming sessions
There was plenty of opportunity for recreational activities including hiking, canoeing, and singing by the campfire. There was also time for the participants to chat, get to know each other, and exchange ideas.
A short movie made by one of our workshop participants:
Barka Canada took part in the Polish Culture Day organized by Polonez Tri-City Polish Association in Port Coquitlam on May 27, 2018. We took this opportunity to introduce Barka to more members of the Polish-Canadian community and to inform people about our work. We also did some fundraising at the event, selling hand-made birthday calendars and prints beautifully created by one of our members, Wiesia. This was our first public fundraising effort. We received positive responses to our display.
We are looking for young Polish-Canadians who have keen interest in social work and volunteering, and who would like to participate in a group trip to Poland to broaden their social work experience. The participants will learn about creative methods of integrating marginalized individuals with society and will see examples of modern social economy developed in Poland. They will also have an opportunity to immerse in Polish culture and to improve their Polish language skills.
The trip will take place from July 11 – 31, 2018. It is organized by Barka Foundation in Poland along with Barka Canada. Travel costs, accommodation, and meals will be covered. Funding is provided by the Senate of the Republic of Poland.
The application deadline is May 16, 2018. Your application needs to include a short essay. Please see more information on the requirements and the trip:
Barka Foundation Volunteer and Travel Opportunity (pdf in English)
Podroz z Fundacja Barka do Polski na Wolontariat (pdf in Polish)