NEAT (Newcomers Explore and Appreciate Toronto) walks are organized by volunteers of the Mentorship Program at CultureLink (http://www.culturelink.ca/).
New Torontonians with the help of experienced mentors, explore Toronto and organize guided tours for the general public all through the year. Jane's walk, Doors Open Toronto, Queenston Heights (Niagara Falls), From from China town to city hall, Halloween themed tours, fall colours theme, cherry blossoms, learning about the trees and plants, lights and sights of Downtown Toronto, are few of the many walks that have been organized since the beginning of this group.
Wintegaration has become part of the NEATwalks since 2014. Through wintegration, we try to have some winterAction and SnOw much fun during December till April (weather permitting). General winter activities include skating, tobogganing, hiking, playing games in the winter, maple syrup festival, snowshoeing, etc. Some activities require deposit upfront and may have a cost to participate.
Participating in our walks/winter activities opens doors to learning about Toronto's local cultures, history and art, enjoying winter as well as networking and making new friends.
We also take pictures and make videos during our trips, tours and activities. We usually have a sign-in sheet that also serves the purpose of Photo/Video Release. We only capture group photos and focus on the organizers when they are presenting. Sometimes we use such photos and videos for promotional purposes on our website or newsletter or any other relevant material that we might publish. Pictures and videos are also uploaded on this group and are accessible to members only. If you attend our activities and would like to share your pictures of that event, you can easily upload them on the event page.
Are you a Newcomers to Canada (Immigrant or Refugee):
If you are a newcomer (landed immigrant or convention refugee) attending our walks/activities or tours, we are required to collect your immigration information (one of these --- landing paper/permanent resident card/acceptance letter with ID information).
This information is collected based on our program funding from IRCC (Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada) previously CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada). Access to this information enables us to provide appropriate services intended to support settlement and integration process for newcomers to Canada. This information is kept strictly confidential and only used for reporting to IRCC. Access to this information also ensures stability and continuum of the services for immigrants and refugees in Canada. We thank you in advance for providing this information. Check out the following link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/gather-info.asp
Please read the liability statements carefully (copied below). CultureLink and it's representatives are not responsible for any loss/incident that may occur during NEAT walks and winter activities. Everyone participating is responsible for their own safety and well-being and belongings and of their children (if applicable).
All Participants must Read and Agree to the following NEAT Meetup Group Waiver form - By Registering with the NEAT Meetup Group you are acknowledging that you have read and agreed to the following:
1. You understand and appreciate the risks inherent in walking tour(s)/winter activities, and you voluntarily and knowingly assume those risks. You release CultureLink Settlement Services, its employees, Board Directors volunteers, funders and sponsors, from any liability for any injury or loss you might incur in connection with the walks/activities.
2. You, for yourself, your heirs, executors and administrators, waive and release forever any and all rights for claims and damages you may have against CultureLink Settlement Services, its employees, Board Directors, volunteers, funders and sponsors, in any manner due to any personal injury or property loss sustained by you as a result of your participation in the activities associated with the walks/activities, including any volunteer activities you may engage in while preparing for the walks/activities.
3. You agree to follow the rules established for the conduct of the participants in the walks/activities or instructions of CultureLink staff members or volunteer organizers on the walks/activities.
4. You agree that you will be responsible for your own welfare and safety in participating in the NEAT walks/winter activities.
5. You agree that if you bring any children and/or minors to the walks/winter activities, you will be solely responsible for their welfare and safety.