We made this free program to help you and your family deal with the many stresses of having lived through the war and relocation to Canada.
- support groups,
- dance/movement sessions
- children’s activities
- information sessions on job prospects
- drop-in sessions for local resources
- individual and group psychotherapy through McGill and RIVO partners
- tai chi
For any questions about the program, please contact [email protected].
The initiative is generously funded by the UNF Foundation and the Joyce Foundation.
The last session of year 2022 will take place December 17th, and will return January 8th.
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We understand that immigration to another country is not easy. And everyone needs support.
Date/time: Sundays, 12:30 – 1:45 pm (ONLINE)
Date/time: Sundays, 2:00 – 3:15 pm (IN PERSON)
Here, you can talk to other people and a Ukrainian-speaking instructor who lived through the same experience about the stress of adjusting to life in Canada. Discussion topics will include:
- how to adjust to life in Canada,
- stress of finding a job,
- how to deal with thoughts about the war,
- and others.
All discussions in the group will be confidential.
These groups will be held at the 405 Fairmount avenue, Montreal, H2V 4B4, or online (link will be provided upon registration).
January 29 - 12:30PM
February 5 - 12:30PM
February 12 - 12:30PM
February 19 - 12:30PM
February 26 - 12:30PM
January 29 - 2:00PM
February 5 - 2:00PM
February 12 - 2:00PM (ONLINE)
February 19 - 2:00PM (ONLINE)
February 26 - 2:00PM
Dance helps release blocked emotions through movement. No choreography or rhythm needed!
Date/time: Sundays, 12:45 – 2:00 pm (ADULTS IN PERSON)
Led by a Ukrainian-speaking instructor, dance movement therapy is a session of unscripted movement where you move instead of talking to process emotion. Each session will involve moving to the sounds of music and performing simple movements to stretch the body and better manage stress and difficult emotions.
Our classes take place at the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada, Montreal Branch located at 405 Avenue, Fairmount West, Montréal, Quebec.
January 29 - Adults
February 5 - Adults
February 26 - Adults
March 12 - Adults
March 19 - Adults
Date/time: Sundays, 12:30 – 2:00 pm (IN PERSON)
We invite children of all ages to join creative activities at UNF. Come meet new friends, participate in arts-and-crafts, and have some fun.
In these sessions, children will learn to manage their emotions with the help of dancing, drawing, sculpting and developmental games, all under supervisions of qualified instructors. Classes are led in Ukrainian.
We partnered with the McGill Ukrainian Aid Initiative and RIVO to offer free psychotherapy in English, French, and Ukrainian to all newcomers.
You can read more about McGill Aid Initiative here:
You can complete this form to request individual therapy here:
Ask your family doctor to refer you to RIVO for specialized trauma therapy:
For each session, we will invite a Ukrainian of a particular profession to discuss their journey of transitioning from their profession back in Ukraine to their profession in Canada. Coming soon. If you would like to participate, please provide your email and the profession you would like to see discussed. We will email you when the sessions become available.
DROP-IN SESSIONS FOR LOCAL RESOURCES
Date/time: Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
We will provide drop in sessions where you can come and ask questions about the various resources available to the newcomers regarding health, profession, and community.
Tai chi is an art embracing the mind, body and spirit.
Date/time: Sundays, 2 – 3 pm (IN PERSON)
Come slow down with a trained tai chi master. This is a traditional Chinese practice that uses smooth movements — forms that flow from one to another like a slow dance. Due to the meditative component, tai chi helps fight stress, reduces anxiety and improves mood. It can also improve the health of the heart and lungs and improve increase bone density!