COMMUNITY SERVICES, EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND CULTURAL CONSULTING
As Latin American countries have their own linguistic and cultural nuances, if it isn’t the soulful strains of the guitar or the idiosyncrasies of the Spanish language, it most certainly is the message of caring that draws the Hispanic community to the San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre. Founded by Monsignor Hernan Astudillo, the Centre, which is totally self-sustaining, was established to provide a safe space for the Latin American immigrant and for the preservation of the Latin American culture in Canada. With close to 300 active and 500 occasional members, which include children, youth, adults and seniors, we strive to preserve, promote and share the rich Latin American culture and traditions.
As the number of Latin American immigrants coming to Canada multiplies exponentially, the Centre provides a support system for the community to ease their transition into the Canadian way of life. Whilst providing emotional succour, we are also engaged in encouraging an understanding of Canada’s multicultural society and work towards creating harmonious relationships with diverse communities. Albeit Latino in flavour, the Centre welcomes many non-Latinos into its heart.
Dedicated in its mission to empower the Hispanic community, the Centre plays a vital role in the community’s development. As a community of immigrants, one of the major issues that we tackle is that of assimilation and we therefore focus on programs to assist and support newcomers to Toronto.
AMONG THE SERVICES WE OFFER:
- Advocacy for social inclusion
- Creating programs to educate non-Spanish speakers to the language and needs of their Spanish speaking clientele.
- Creating workshops for children and adults about Latin America art and music.
- Development of educational materials dedicated to Spanish speakers residing in Toronto.
- Producing events and festivals to promote the Latin-American cultural heritage.
- Referrals to other community programs and services.
- Settlement assistance for Latin-American immigrants who come to Canada.