2017/18 ANNUAL REPORT - TAKE A MOMENT TO HEAR FROM OUR CLIENTS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES AND LEARN ABOUT OUR WORK IN THE COMMUNITY
2017/18 was a significant year for COSTI, as we celebrated 65 years of service to the community. A series of events were held throughout the year, ending with a 65th Anniversary Celebration at the Aga Khan Museum. The occasion provided an opportunity to launch the first annual Corvetti Academic Scholarship Fund and recognize individuals and organizations who help accelerate the engagement of newcomers.
The challenges in resettling over 2,200 government-sponsored Syrian refugees in the previous two years, inspired a review of how COSTI delivers services to refugees. As a result, a Refugee Services Division was established to bring greater focus and innovation to refugee services. In addition, COSTI established a Wellness Centre to more holistically address the mental health needs of government-sponsored refugees. Wellness supports now include clinical counselling and exercises in sustainable coping strategies such as meditation, mindfulness and yoga sessions.
COSTI provides immigrants and refugees with knowledge, access and skills that accelerate their ability to engage broadly and deeply in all aspects of Canada society. Please take a moment to read about the experiences of our clients over the past year, particularly the experiences of Khatoon - a survivor of the Sinjar massacre (profiled on page 16) and Rajeev Kumar, a self-employed accountant and former participant of COSTI's Enhanced Language Training Program (profiled on page 18).
Download our 2017/18 Annual Report here to read more about our clients and COSTI’s work in the community.