TCLIP Connects | May 2021
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Promoting welcoming communities where immigrants can fully participate and are included in their community

This newsletter connects newcomers and service providers to community resources, events and initiatives that support their inclusion and participation in the Tri-Cities.
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Dismantling Barriers & Fostering Belonging:
An Anti-Racism Initiative

Join the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership for three weeks of engaging activities as we learn together to deepen our understanding of the importance of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in our communities. From speakers, workshops and dialogues to exhibits and performances, these activities will provide opportunities for us to connect, empower and transform our communities to be stronger and more inclusive.




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Workplace Wellness:
Building Compassion Resilience Within Your Organization

Compassion fatigue and burnout are not just a concern for individuals. The impact of these occupational hazards are high in organizations in terms of lost productivity, absenteeism, employee turnover and conflict in the workplace. Workplace wellness strategies can help to mitigate these risks and they are proven to offer both employees and employers greater productivity, enhanced engagement, less stress, increased quality of work, as well as contributing to a positive overall workplace culture where helping professionals can DO and BE their best.

Presented by Richmond Family Place & S.U.C.C.E.S.S

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Parlez-Nous en Français at Coquitlam Public Library

From April 30 to June 11, Coquitlam Public Library will help pair fluent French-speaking teens in grades 8-12 are with French Immersion students in grades 1-6 to help them with homework and French conversation. Visit this page to learn more. 

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Books, books, books!

Port Moody Library is offering the following events for book lovers this May!

Keep It Fictional Book Chat | Wednesdays, 12pm on Facebook Live
Join our librarians for book recommendations on Facebook Live as we discuss what we are reading. 
Click here for more info. 

Book Trivia | Tuesday, May 18, 7-8pm on Zoom
Grab your virtual trivia team and meet us in Zoom for a battle of the books!  We will have: a) fun b) a good time or c) an opportunity to win a cool prize from a local business. 
More info here.

Books in Suitcases Book Club | Tuesday, May 25, 7-8:30pm on Zoom
Join us for a "bring your own read" book club inspired and presented in partnership with the Port Moody Station Museum. Click here to learn more. 

To find out more about Port Moody Library programs, visit this page. 









Active witnessing: Delta folks learn to stand up to racism

Resilience BC shares a story about a mother and her 9-year old son attending an active witnessing workshop in their area and how they are learning how to be an ally and making a difference in their community. 

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Skilled Trade Jobs

S.U.C.C.E.S.S, in partnership with ITA Apprenticeship Advisor, is offering an online workshop on the Skilled Trade jobs on May 11 (Tues) from 12-1 pm.  Learn about high demanding career opportunities within the Trades & how to earn an above average income even while moving through your training.

ITA Apprenticeship Advisor will share information on trade careers, training through an Apprenticeship while earning a liveable wage and finding your way to a rewarding career in the Skilled Trades.

Census Jobs

Census collection will begin on May 3, 2021. Statistics Canada has adapted the collection process to ensure that all Canadians and our employees remain safe while participating in this vital national exercise. Data collected in the 2021 Census will inform many of the economic and health-related policy decisions that must be made by all levels of government in the coming months and years, as the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the lives of Canadians. 

If you are interested in joining the Government of Canada's 2021 Census team, visit their page to learn more. 


IRCC Launches New "Welcome to Canada" Employment Video 

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Welcome to Canada employment video.  The video is available in English and French on the IRCC YouTube playlist Immigrating and Settling in Canada. The Immigrating and Settling in Canada playlist also includes 19 other videos that address settlement-related topics, such as education, mental health, and language skills.


Building Black Business in Canada: Personas, Perceptions & Experiences 

The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce with the support of Pitch Better and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has published a report on how Black business owners make significant contributions to the cultural, social, and economic fabric of this country, with the potential to achieve even more. 

Photo (R): Man and computer by Anna Nekrashevich/









Coquitlam RCMP Community Safety Series - Mental Health and Health Minds

Coquitlam RCMP will hold a webinar on May 4th from 12:00 - 1:15 pm to discuss various tools and resources on mental health literacy and psychological first aid; how to have conversations with friends and family on this topic; psychological risk factors & indicators of mental health decline or crisis; steps to take during a crisis including police officers' roles & powers; and mental health partnerships and community resources for next steps.  Guest speakers include: Andrea Ringrose, Director, SFU Campus Public Safety, Vice President, Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals, MHFA Instructor; and  Cst. KLEIN from the Coquitlam RCMP Mental Health Liaison Unit.




Panel Discussion: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Maternal Health of Newcomers

COVID-19 has imposed major disruptions to the child and maternal health services that have disproportionately impacted newcomer women and children. On May 12 at 10am, join Newcomers Navigation Network for a panel discussion featuring diverse perspectives from frontline healthcare professionals across Canada and a newcomer with lived experience as they discuss how COVID-19 has exacerbated maternal health inequities for newcomer women and children, among others. 

MOSAIC CARES Workshops (In Farsi) 

MOSAIC is offering MOSAIC CARES Weekly Wellness Group workshops every Thursdays from 10:30-12:00 on Zoom to the Farsi community to  discuss a wellness topic. This group is a safe place for all Farsi/Dari community members to share, learn, and improve aspects of their wellness and everyone is welcomed!

For more information, contact Zarif Akbarian at 604-500-5614 or email




Webinar: Mental Health for Teens

ISS of BC is offering a workshop for youth on Mental Health on May 1st from 1-3 pm..

Participants gain insight into the mental health challenge of teens and youth and how they can cope with it. 

Webinar: Culturally-Grounded Stress Management for Immigrants (Arabic) 

ISS of BC is offering a workshop in Arabic on culturally-grounded stress management for immigrants on May 8th from 2-3:30 pm via Zoom webinar. 









Public Survey: Tri-Cities Region Food Security Assessment and Action Plan

In partnership with the Tri-Cities Food Council, the local governments of the City of Coquitlam, City of Port Coquitlam, City of Port MoodyVillage of Anmore and Village of Belcarra have secured funding from the Union of BC Municipalities to create a Food Security Action Plan. It will rely heavily on input from community members and will allow local governments to address challenges and seize opportunities to improve food security via a survey, which is available in several languages. 


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Reforming the Police Act

The BC Legislative Assembly’s Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act is accepting written, audio and video submissions from the public as part of their public consultation. The Committee will review submissions with a view to invite individuals and organizations to make virtual presentations at a later date. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th





CityHive Innovation Lab on Climate Change 

This summer, CityHive will be running its fourth Envirolab all about CLIMATE ADAPTATION with 30 diverse young leaders from communities across Metro Vancouver. This cohort will explore climate adaptation through the lens of health, equity and resilience to build youth driven solutions that address the urgency of our actions and reduce our vulnerability to climate change. To be part of this cohort, apply by May 5th. 

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New Pathway to Permanent Residency for Workers & Graduates

Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada has announced an innovative pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are actively contributing to Canada’s economy.

These special public policies will grant permanent status to temporary workers and international graduates who are already in Canada and who possess the skills and experience we need to fight the pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery.

YMCA Conversations for Life 

YMCA is offering a 4-week course from May 5th to 25th. This course provides the opportunity to practice conversational English skills and explore the topics to build up confident and grow personal and professional network in Canada. 

Workshop: Rental Assistance Program (with Korean translation) 

S.U.C.C.E.S.S will hold an information session with a BC Housing Representative on how to access subsidized rental programs in BC on May 27th from 10 am - 12 pm.

For more information, contact Ester Chang at 236-880-3071
or email








Exploring Canadian Integration through Critical Discourse Analysis of English Language Lesson Plans for Immigrant Learners

Make or Break: How middle managers and executives can build immigrant-inclusive teams

For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit our website




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