TCLIP Updates (April)
This newsletter provides updates on the projects TCLIP is working on and information about upcoming events that we will be hosting. It serves as a platform to inform you about our latest developments, initiatives, and opportunities. 








Hearts Unbound: Unveiling Anti-Oppression Insights with the Warmth of Resilience

TCLIP has recently hosted the Hearts Unbound: Unveiling Anti-Oppression Insights with the Warmth of Resilience forum. This event celebrated two years of a transformative journey of learning, empathy, and community building with the Anti-oppression Capacity Building Project. Project participants and community members had the opportunity to come together and reflect on our collective achievements and future goals in integrating an anti-oppressive lens into the services we provide.

We collaborated with designer and illustrator Adriana Contreras to create an exquisite Live Graphic Recording, capturing the pivotal insights and highlights from our event.

This visual masterpiece serves as a reflection of the core themes from the Hearts Unbound forum, underscoring the notion that our journey toward healing and resilience is rooted in reclaiming, embracing, and honoring our identities. Moreover, it provides a compelling roadmap for envisioning a future liberated from oppression, both for ourselves and our communities.

To access the full graphic recording, please click on the button below.

Graphic Recording








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Cultivating Community: Un-networking

On April 23rd, TCLIP hosted an innovative networking event titled "Cultivating Community: Un-networking." Collaborating with Hannah Flostrand, a career educator at Langara College, we aimed to offer immigrants and refugees a unique opportunity to grow their professional networks and cultivate community.

The event was meant to flip typical networking on its head. Instead of hurried conversations, our goal was to encourage participants to delve deeper, facilitating authentic connections beyond mere small talk. In doing so, we sought to familiarize attendees with the essence of professional networking, ultimately boosting their confidence in forging meaningful relationships.

The event was divided into two sessions: the first session was specifically designed for Langara students, while the subsequent session was tailored for individuals who had applied for our mentorship program, our Immigrant Advisory Table members, and participants from our previous employment forums.

Participants also had the opportunity to engage with seasoned networkers across various industries, gaining valuable insights and tips for navigating their career journeys in Canada.

In line with our commitment to empowering newcomer job seekers, TCLIP provided attendees with copies of our employment networking tool. This resource is tailored to help individuals map out their support networks effectively. To access the tool, please click on the button below.

Networking Tool




The Growing Together: Inclusive Mentorship program is a new initiative dedicated to creating an inclusive and transformative opportunity for co-mentorship between professionals from equity-deserving communities and local mentors who are knowledgeable about career building and fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment through cultural and knowledge exchanges.

This is a unique initiative that will see mentors connecting and supporting individuals (mentees) from equity-deserving communities in ways that celebrate diversity, inclusion and reciprocity. This pilot program is rooted in solidarity, reciprocity and a caring approach in which mentors and mentees can support each other to strengthen their leadership abilities and increase their professional and personal development and growth.

This mentorship pilot was first launched in collaboration with the City of Coquitlam in 2023. We received an overwhelming response with 91 applications. It then became clear to TCLIP that we needed to reach out to the expertise of multiple community stakeholders beyond the collaboration with the City of Coquitlam.

Hence, TCLIP is currently engaging in partnerships with other organizations to be a part of this exciting mentorship pilot. This is a transformative opportunity to foster professional growth within your staff, to act on your organization‘s JEDI commitments, and build a bridge between your staff and local professionals from equity-deserving backgrounds including newcomers, who face systemic barriers to meaningful employment and need support and guidance.

If you are interested in partnering with TCLIP and would like to know more information about the program features, expected outcomes, and commitments, please contact TCLIP Program Officer Osama Alshantti at




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