RDC Alumni presents project on Parliament Hill

Melissa Barritt assessed settlement programs and services for immigrant women in Central Alberta.

Red Deer College (RDC) Alumnia Melissa Barritt was recently selected by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) to be part of the Student Innovation Showcase in Ottawa on Parliament Hill.

From Feb 12-13, Barritt displayed a project she was involved with while she attended RDC.

“I’m so honoured to have been chosen to represent both this project and Red Deer College,” Barritt said. “It meant a great deal to me to be able to connect with people from across the country and share how college students can positively impact community.”

Barritt was part of the RDC Group, led by Sociology instructors Dr. Choon-Lee Chai and Dr. Krista Robson, who assessed settlement programs and services for immigrant women in Central Alberta. The project was in conjunction with the Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association. The team identify experiences and needs, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of settlement programs and services.

The goal of the project was to address practical issues within the community.

“When we understand the settlement conditions of immigrant women, then we can work with our community partners to develop solutions,” said Dr. Chai. “As one example of an outcome from this project, we’ve developed a website that serves as a centralized information portal for all settlement services that people might require, so it’s another way to help make the transition easier and to make services more accessible for immigrant women.”

Barritt was specifically involved with the Photovoice project, where she encouraged immigrant women to take pictures of their experiences and share their stories. This was preceded by an extensive literature survey and followed up by in-depth interviews with participants.

“I was able to connect and build meaningful relationships with these women,” Barritt said. “In some cases, I was invited into their homes, so I really had an opportunity to see what their lives were like and to learn about their experiences. I could have read about the issues that immigrant women face, but this research experience allowed me to connect with the women and to provide listening support, gaining a much deeper understanding about their lives.”

Barritt has now moved onto a Bachelor of Education after completing her UofC collaborative sociology degree at RDC.

“Because of this research experience, I will be more inclusive in my education, which will benefit my students,” she said.


Just Posted

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

Red Deer RCMP arrest man after vandalism spree

19-year-old man faces charges after windows were smashed at three different businesses

The 2018/19 Influenza Immunization Program begins Oct. 15th

Influenza immunizations will be available free of charge

Darrell Paulovich remembered after accident claims his life

A tragic accident claimed the life of a rodeo advocate over the weekend

Central Music Festival presents Matt Minglewood Oct. 18th

He performs Oct. 18th at the Elks Lodge

Secret supper clubs test appetite for cannabis-infused food ahead of legalization

Chefs are eagerly awaiting pot edibles to become legal in Canada

Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

The rival Koreas are holding high-level talks Monday to discuss further engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

Flash floods kill at least 7 people in southwest France

Flash floods have left several people dead in southwest France, with roads swept away and streams become raging torrents as the equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight, authorities said Monday.

Trump to visit Florida, Georgia; search ongoing for missing

The death toll from Michael’s destructive march from Florida to Virginia stood at 17.

Canadians widely unaware of accomplishments of famous women, poll suggests

A new poll suggests Canadians have a lot to learn about the accomplishments of some of the country’s most famous women.

Temporary access allowed for residents of landslide-threatened B.C. community

The district says areas of access to the community of about 54 homes could be expanded, depending on advice from a geotechnical engineer.

Joint inspection planned for missing journalist at Saudi Consulate

Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Washington Potst reporter Jamal Khashoggi

Sears files for bankruptcy amid plunging sales, massive debt

The company started as a mail order catalogue in the 1880s

BREAKING: Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

The announcement of the pregnancy confirms weeks of speculation from royal watchers

Most Read