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KCWA Family and Social Services is a non-profit organization established in 1985 by a group of women who were concerned with women and family issues and serves women, men, senior and youth all of them.

Reaching Independence through Support & Education (RISE) Project

Project Period

April 22018 - March 2019


Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration


‘RISE’ project is a one year project funded by Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration designed to facilitate the social integration of vulnerable Korean immigrant women who have experienced various barriers and difficulties.

RISE aims to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate support to the target population to become emotionally resilient, achieve safety and wellbeing, enhance social connections and fully participate in community life.

  • 120 clients with one-on-one services

  • 36 group sessions will be delivered for 400 participants

  • Clients overcome barriers and challenges, build resilience and wellbeing, and participate in social connections and community life.

Project Activities

  • Support group: a safe learning environment where women may try new ways to grow and heal

  • Educational workshops: delivering educational workshops to provide information according to various topics

  • One-on-one counselling: for those participants who may need additional support, this project will provide one-on-one counseling

Empower Me #2 Project

Project Period

May 2018 - March 2019


Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)


The main objective addressed in Empower Me #2 is “Promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations”. Through increased volunteerism, this project also aims to achieve “greater social participation and inclusion of potentially isolated seniors” in the Korean community.

To promote social participation among seniors in the Korean community who are at risk of isolation, this project aims to recruit and train ethnic-Korean seniors, over the age of 50 years. Once trained, volunteers will be matched to volunteer positions that match their interests and skills. KCWA has identified 10 community partners that will work with us to take our trained volunteers.

Empower Me #2 will also build on the Phase 1 Empower Me project (2017-18) by identifying 10 senior volunteer leaders. These leaders will receive an additional leadership training to become volunteer peer leaders. These leaders will be given an opportunity to lead a small group of peer volunteers in their respective volunteering activities.

Project Impact

This project seeks to empower seniors to be actively engaged in building their local communities while engaging with other seniors that share their interest in serving.


  • Total 60 seniors registered for Project

  • 54 of them completed all training sessions

  • 17 Senior Peer leaders completed leadership session

  • 34 Senior Participant completed volunteer training session

  • Participants engaged in volunteering activities for a total of 2,768 hours at 14 non-profit organization

  • 2 Leadership sessions, 5 Volunteer Training sessions, 5 Monthly Meetings,Appreciate Day

Progressive Report (KCWA Family and Social Services)

(KCWA / May 2018 - Mar 2019)

Leadership Session

17 Senior Peer leaders completed leadership session (2 Times / 6hours)

volunteer training Session

34 Senior Participant completed volunteer training session (5 Times / 15hours)

Monthly Meeting

Totally 5 times / 15 hours

Volunteer activities

Totally 2,768 hours contribution (14 non-profit organizations / May 2018 - Mar 2019)

Appreciate Day

Feb 8, 2019


  • Toronto Milal Misssion

  • Rose of Sharon

  • Care Free Lodge

  • North York Senior Centre

  • Cummer Lodge

  • Good Shepherd Ministry

  • Arirang Senior Centre

  • Hanca Alzheimer’s Association

  • Senior Person Living Connected (SPLC)

  • St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church

  • Korean Dry Cleaner’s Association

  • Korean Ontario Nurses’ Association

  • Hong Fook Mental Health Association

  • JC Clinic

Champions for Youth Project

Project Period

September 2017 - July 2018


Ontario Trillium Foundation


‘Champions for youth’ project aims to provide Korean parents, caregivers and youth allies with opportunities to learn about individual, familial and environmental factors that help raising resilient children and youth and the following:

  • Learn ways to enhance ability to use and control emotions and responses to situation,

  • foster social skills and

  • become equipped with knowledge and skills to raise children and youth physically, emotionally, mentally and socially healthy.


  • 114 participants completed the program

  • 6 session workshop facilitated in many different regions of Ontario (Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville and Burlington)

  • Building strong networks among participants in each region

  • Peer support group led by participants who have completed the program

  • Evaluate the project with feedback from participants


  • God’s staff Church

  • Young Nak Korean Presbyterian Church

  • Yonge Centre Plus

  • Light Presbyterian Church

  • Toronto Bethel Community Church

  • Eaglesfield Community Church

  • Halton Catholic District School Board

  • HMC Connections

Empowerment Through Knowledge Project

Project period

April 2017 – March 2018


Law Foundation of Ontario


‘Empowerment through Knowledge’ Project is a one year project designed to provide legal information on immigration, landlord and tenant law to various non-profit organizations who are serving non-English speaking community.

This project is one of initiatives of Connecting Communities projects within Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) to provide legal information to Non-English speaking population that are facing significant barriers to accessing the legal information and services.

The project is mainly focusing on providing legal information training of immigration, landlord and tenant law through interactive and participatory workshops to frontline workers and trusted intermediaries such as faith leaders and board members of non-profit organizations associated with the Korean, Vietnamese and Filipino community.

This project is developed and led by KCWA Family and Social Services (KCWA) in partnership with the Korean Canadian Lawyers Association (KCLA), VWAT Family Services (VWAT), and the Kababayan Multicultural Centre.

Empower Me Project

Project period

April 2017 – March 2018


Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)


  • To promote volunteerism among Korean seniors and to provide better opportunities to improve their participation in their communities.

  • To increase social participation and inclusion of ethnic Korean seniors in their communities.

  • To promote the health and well-being of participants and those who are served through volunteering.

PALS (Preventing Abuse of Loving Seniors)

The PALS project falls under one of the KCWA main goal of engaging outside communities.

The KCWA Family and Social Services has continued to share knowledge and information to promote external cooperation with outside communities through the PALS (Preventing Abuse of Loving Seniors) project. As a leader in KCWA family and social services believes that assisting outside communities with KCWA’s prior experience and knowledge will help all Canadians.

Project Title

PALS (Preventing Abuse of Loving Seniors)
Elder Abuse Prevention among the Southeast Asian Communities New Horizons for Seniors

Project Funder

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)

Project Start Date

March 29, 2012

Project End Date

March 28, 2015

Partnership Agencies:

VWAT Family Services, Hong Fook Mental Health Association, KCWA Family and Social Services

Project Objectives

  • To increase senior empowerment as experts on elder abuse prevention through Peer Leadership Training

  • To form networks of safety and support through a “Seniors-Helping-Seniors Program”

  • Enhance the awareness of elder abuse among the Southeast Asian communities through an Elder Abuse Prevention Manual translated into 5 ethnic languages: Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), and Korean

  • Increase seniors’ community engagement in supporting for their needs at a social cultural level.
    Scope & Deliverables

Scope & Deliverables

  • Produce one peer leader training manual which will be translated into 5 ethnic languages (Vietnamese, Cambodian, traditional and simplified Chinese, and Korean)

  • Establish a Working Committee including 5 project coordinators

  • Deliver two series of workshops

    Level 1: Elder Abuse Prevention Information Sessions (March – June, 2013)

    • The first series consist of 4 information sessions and 1 follow-up session

    • Each workshop will be 2.5 hours long and will be delivered in Vietnamese, Cambodian, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean

    • Will recruit up to 100 older adults as participants (20 seniors/language group)

    Level 2: Elder Abuse Prevention Peer Leadership Training: September (October, 2013)

    • The second series consist of 4 training workshops and 1 follow-up session. These will be facilitated by staff.

    • Each workshop will be 2.5 hours long and will be delivered in Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian, Mandarin and Cantonese

    • Will have a total of 50 older adults as peer leaders (10 seniors/ language group)


  • 100 seniors are attending the first series of Elder Abuse Prevention Information Sessions

  • Another 50 seniors are trained to be peer leaders in Elder Abuse Prevention after the second series of Peer Leadership training

  • h1Strong networks among the trained peer leaders in the community

  • Peer leaders will deliver 30 activities including workshops and meetings. Each activity will have approximately 10 participants

  • Produce a semi-annual project report at the beginning of October and April of each year on best Activities / practices led by peer leader seniors

  • h1Collect feedbacks from 75% of the project’s participants

Progressive Report (KCWA Family and Social Services / Nov., 2012 – June 2014)

(KCWA / Nov, 2012 - Jun, 2014)

Level 1 Training

54 people registered / 42 participants had completed all sessions

Level 2 Training

42 people from the level 1 registered / 31 participants had completed

Outreach Workshop

Totally 6 times / 77 attendances

Community Outreach Event

Totally 6 times (OKBA Trade Show, BF-Hub Open House Event, Dano Festival, Korean Thanksgiving Day Festival)

Monthly Meeting : Totally 11 times / 272 participants

Peer Leader’s Graduation Celebration

Nov 23, 2013

Southeast Asian Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event

June 14, 2014

Partnership and Networks

  • Monica Y. Kim CGA Professional Corporation

  • Park & Jung LLP Barristers

  • Korean Canadian Lawyers’ Association (KCLA)

  • Hong Fook Mental Health Association (Korean Community)

  • Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

  • Young Nak Korean Presbyterian Church of Toronto

  • Holy Mountain Presbyterian Church

  • R.S. Kane Funeral Home

  • Mugungwha Homes: Non-profit registered charity organization

  • The Rose of Sharon: Korean Long Term Care Centre


  • Ontario Korean Businessmen’s Association (OKBA)


Free and Empower Me (FEM) Project

Project period

April 2010 – March 2012


Status of Women Canada


To empower young women between the ages of 16 to 24 with a focus on education on violence against women.

  • To educate the general public about the strength of women through historical examples and lessons

  • To reach out to young women and provide them with opportunities to positively contribute to their community as a role model

  • To prevent young women from becoming victims of violence


  • Peer leader training workshops

  • Outreach program

  • Educational arts program

  • Essay contest

  • Dissemination conference


NABI Women’s Network

The Strengthening Newcomer Families to Respond to Settlement Challenges Project

Project period

January 2009 – December 2009


United Way


  • The project aims to facilitate individual family members

  • To understand other members of their family in terms of their unique settlement challenges,

  • To decrease their settlement predicament and isolation caused from their new environment

  • As an end result, it is the goal of the project to assist all the family members to have a joyful settlement in Canada.


  • A monthly newcomer family network meeting

  • Cooking classes for male newcomers

  • Youth mentoring

  • Cultural activities

  • On-going informational support (individual or group)

  • Workshops and Seminars


Toronto Korean Canadian Association

Nothing Inferior About Being a Senior Project

Project period

December 2008 –November 2009


Human Resources and Social Development Canada


This project is promoting Korean Canadian senior residents at Calvary Manor (Markham, Ontario) to age at home through a peer support model that includes itinerant social, recreational, and educational services.

  • To empower seniors to lead an independent and active lifestyle

  • To utilize the seniors’ energy, enthusiasm and volunteerism to mutually support each other to age at home

  • To increase physical and recreational activities to stimulate their minds to prevent early dementia

  • To reduce the risk of social isolation of seniors

  • To provide culturally and linguistically appropriate social and support services for seniors and their families

  • To enable seniors to actively participate and contribute their experience and wisdom in the community for social integration


  • Peer support program

  • Recreational program

  • Educational program

  • Brunch program

  • Group grocery shopping


Calvary Manor

Hand in Hand – Breast Health Promotion Project

Project period

September 2007 – May 2009


Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation


This project has a peer leader training program for Korean immigrant women to increase their awareness of breast health and it will educate women on how to do breast self-examinations and to distinguish between medical facts and myths about breast cancer. Women gain knowledge to detect breast cancer early and get adequate treatment. As a result, we can build a supportive social network for Korean immigrant women to have healthy and beautiful lives.


  • Peer leader training

  • Community outreach workshop

  • Mobile clinic services

  • Support group

Raising Sexually Healthy Children Project

Project period

March 2006 – April 2009


Ontario Trillium Foundation


The project objective is to create healthy and safer environments for children in seven ethnolinguistic communities by increasing the capacities within these communities to provide family-centered sexual health education. Seven ethnolinguistic communities were Bengali, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil and Vietnamese.


  • Peer parent leadership training

  • Workshops for parents group in the community


Asian Community AIDS Services, Toronto Public Health, Bloor Life & Information Skills Centre, KCWA 한인여성회, Queen West Community Health Centre, St. Stephen’s Community House, St. Joseph’s Health Centre-Women’s Health Centre, Vietnamese Association Toronto

Domestic Violence Prevention Project

Project period

June 2007 – May 2008


Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General


The goal of this project is to prevent domestic violence in the Korean community by focusing on enhanced education on domestic violence issues through various workshops in community groups.


  • Peer leader training

  • Community outreach workshop