ARTS AND CULTURE - Ambassadors of Canada’s Heritage, Creativity and Diversity

Published Wednesday June 27 2018

Over the years, the R. Howard Webster Foundation has supported performing and visual arts centres, festivals, museums, galleries, libraries, churches, and many more…..

Arts and culture are an important part of every society.  They help express and exchange ideas in creative and innovative ways, they reflect the history and identity of a country and its people, and they entertain. Canada boasts an abundance of cultural and artistic institutions, spread across the whole country, that represent an important conduit for its heritage, creativity and diversity. Every day, these institutions receive a multitude of visitors from all over the world, making them important ambassadors for Canada and its history, values, and talent, both at home and abroad.  Over the years, the R. Howard Webster Foundation has supported performing and visual arts centres, festivals, museums, galleries, libraries, churches, and many more, and continues to search for creative and innovative projects in the field of arts and culture that exemplify its mission statement.

Published on June 27, 2018



Orford Music, a non-profit organization located in Canada, in the heart of Mont-Orford National Park, is first and foremost an international advanced classical music academy with a mission to spark the creativity of young musicians at the launch of their careers and throughout their professional lives by building on excellence, creativity, accessibility and sustainability. Each summer, more than 450 students from around the world, come to study with its internationally renowned faculty. Orford Music has been providing first-rate training for musicians aged between 18 and 25 for over sixty-five years. Its international music academy, the largest in central and eastern Canada, hosts renowned professors who share their passion and knowledge of music with university-level young musicians each year. Orford Music is also known for its festival which began in 1951 and is, as such, one of the oldest music festivals in Canada. This exceptional platform allows Orford Music to present, throughout the summer, both young artists and seasoned professionals of the highest stature to a vast and loyal audience.


Orford Music strives to offer full accessibility of its classes to all musicians of talent, regardless of their origin, their financial situation or their place of residence. The R. Howard Webster Foundation helps Orford Music achieve its goal of providing opportunities for all young talents to visit its site, regardless of their situation, and allows the organization to lighten the financial load on those students who request help.


To learn more about Orford Music, please visit:


Orford Music


Published on June 27, 2018


Welcome Home to Canada program - A Shared Commitment to Diversity & Welcoming Newcomers to Canada


Welcoming newcomers to Canada is as significant today as it was when Pier 21 served as an immigration gateway.  The Museum is able to carry on its tradition of lending a helping hand to newcomers making their start here through the Welcome Home to Canada (WHTC) program presented by TD Bank Group and supported by the R. Howard Webster Foundation (  


The WHTC program provides six-month paid work experience at the Museum to new immigrants and refugees facing various barriers to employment. This opportunity, often the first meaningful job for most participants, is a valuable stepping stone in their path towards settlement and integration. In addition to engaging with Museum visitors, sharing their stories, and gaining valuable work experience, program participants learn Canadian work place culture while developing communications skills and building professional and personal networks. The program includes English language classes, presentation and interview preparation workshops, networking opportunities, work placement opportunities with a second employer and participation in a career fair. Since its launch in June 2004, 186 new immigrants from 60 different countries have participated in the program. The program has a high success rate where at least 70% of program participants either secure employment, return to school or open their own businesses after completing the program, usually within 3-6 months. They build lasting relationships with the Museum and return to Museum events like Canada Day, bringing their friends and families to visit exhibits and programs.


The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is the sixth national museum in Canada and only the second outside of Ottawa.  It is entrusted to collect, share and pay tribute to the Canadian immigration story.  The WHTC program allows Canadians to explore Canada’s immigration story by having newcomers be part of the experience.  At the same time, it demonstrates its commitment to celebrating Canada’s rich ethnic diversity and shows that the Museum is not only preserving the stories of newcomers to Canada, but is also helping to shape them. For more information, please visit their website at:



Welcome Home to Canada program offers a helping hand to newcomers

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