Meeting People

Meeting People3The best way to feel a part of your new community is to get involved in things that are happening. There are many ways to meet people and participate in community life. This section provides just a few suggestions.

Community Centres and Programs

There are many community and neighbourhood centres throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, and organizations such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Women's Groups. All of these different organizations offer programs and activities for citizens to join.  Visit one of these organizations and ask what programs they offer.  You will find many opportunities for you and your family to get involved.

You can also search the municipal government website, or call the office directly and ask for information about the community centre.

A quick Google search on the internet using your community's name and the words "community centre" will also help you find a centre near you.


Volunteering is a great way to get more integrated into your country and gain valuable experience for employment. There are many volunteer opportunities available. You can volunteer for cultural or religious events and festivals in your community, or an international organization like the Red Cross, or with seniors in nursing homes, or in areas of your own professional background -- volunteering in a hospital if you once worked in the health industry, for example. Many community organizations rely on the work of volunteers to keep their programs going.  Becoming a volunteer offers you the chance to make friends, practice your English, learn more about your new country or community and its culture, learn new skills and contribute to your community.  Ask if you can help!  Or visit the Community Services Council website to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

Multicultural events and activities

There are several organizations that promote multicultural events and activities, and they are always interested in meeting new people who want to be involved.  Here are just a few places to start.

African and Canadian Association of Newfoundland
P.O. Box 1204, Station C
St. John's, NL
A1C 5M9
Contact: Alwell J. Oyet

Chinese Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
P.O. Box 7311
St. Johns, NL
A1E 3Y5
Contact: Betty Wong

Friends of India Association
Box 23132
Churchill Square
St. John's, NL
A1C 1A4
Contact: Hyme Nainu

Hebrew Congregation of Newfoundland and Labrador
124 Elizabeth Avenue
St. John's, NL
A1C 5L4
Contact: Dr. Michael Paul

Hindu Temple (St. John's) Association
Box 23075
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J9
Contact: Dr. Veeresh Gadag

Italians of Terra Nova
27 Baybulls Road
St. John's, NL
A1G 1A4          
Contact: Joseph Sale

Korean Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
42 McNeily St.
St. John's, NL
A1B 1Y8
Contact: Dr. C.W. Cho

Labrador Friendship Centre
49 Grenfell Street
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
A0P 1E0
Contact: 709-896-8302

Multicultural Women's Association
Box 23053
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J9
Contact: Yumana Kutty

Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
430 Logy Bay Road
St. John's, NL
A1A 5C6
Contact: Dr. Mahmoud Haddara

Philippine-Newfoundland Organization
27 Symonds Avenue
St. John's, NL
A1E 3A4
Contact: Hazel Alpeurto

Sharing Our Cultures
Box 28107
48 Kenmount Road
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J8
Contact: Lloydetta Quaicoe

St. John's Native Friendship Centre
715 Water Street
St. John's, NL
A1E 1C1
Contact: Myrtle Banfield