TCLIP Connects | February Events: Action on Islamophobia, Finances, & Health
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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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Service Providers' Forum

In February 2022, the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP) will be hosting a forum for service providers. This will be an opportunity for you to connect with your peers, share perspectives, and strengthen your capacity on different topics that are relevant in supporting newcomer inclusion in the Tri-Cities. 

Calendar of the event:

February 2nd at 9:00am - 12:00pm: Impacts of COVID-19 on Newcomers in the Tri-Cities

February 9th at 9:00am - 12:00pm: Anti-Oppression Framework & Housing & Legal Supports Available to Newcomers

February 16th at 9:00am - 12:00pm: Navigating the Healthcare System & Networking

February 23rd at 9:00am - 12:00pm: Workplace Inclusion: Newcomers' Needs and Supports Available & Networking

Register for any of the sessions below.




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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

Join the united Muslim community of BC on January 29 at 10:30am PST, to mark the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia and to honour the ones lost in the Quebec mosque attack. 




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COVID-19 Benefits and Services

ISSofBC. February 11th at 10:00am - 1:00pm | Through this free Zoom workshop you will learn more about: employment insurance; Canada's Worker lock-down benefits; Canada's Recovery Caregiving; and Canada's sickness benefits. Register by emailing




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Wills and Estate Planning in BC

ISSofBC. February 10th at 10:00am - 12:00pm | The contents of this free workshop include: an overview of estate planning law in BC; power of attorney & legal representation; the structure and key components of wills; important factors on selling/buying homes; and a Q&A. Register by emailing Isabel Lee at 





Understanding Cannabis and Alcohol in Later Life

Tri-Cities Seniors Action Society. February 22nd at 11:00 am to 12:30 pm | This evidence-based workshop is intended for older adults, their families and anyone who wants to understand cannabis and alcohol use in later life.  This workshop will examine problematic use of both alcohol and cannabis 
and will offer guidelines to minimize risk. 

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Strengthening Families Together

Staring January 25th. BC Schizophrenia Society is offering free online education courses that consist of two modules, one providing information about mental illness and the second sharing valuable strategies of how to support your loved one living with a mental illness. Each module will be taught through four 90 min sessions. Calendar of the course: Tuesdays at 7:00 – 8:30 pm via Zoom.

Module 1 - Understanding Mental Illness: January 25, and February 1st, 8th, and 15th 
Module 2 - Impact of Mental Illness on the Family: February 22nd and March 1st, 8th, and 15th 

Please register by emailing
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Y-Dance-A-Thon 2022

YWCA Metro Vancouver. February 2nd at 3:00pm to 8:00pm | YWCA's Annual Y Dance-A-Thon is back by popular demand. The online dance party event will be held by Johanna Ward and led by DJs, including Virgin Radio's DJ Flipout, and YWCA Health + Fitness instructors. All ages and abilities are welcome! Their goal is to raise funds, and spread the word about YWCA programs and services, while having fun on the virtual dance floor. 








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Income Tax Return

ISSofBC. February 16th at 2:00 - 4:00pm | Are you looking for support with your income tax returns? Then join this free Zoom workshop. To register contact:

Health and Safety Guidelines for the Elderly at Home and Out (Cantonese)

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. February 16th at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm | Register by emailing

What you need to Know about Tax Filing (Mandarin)

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. February 22nd at 
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | 
Register by emailing




Impact of the Housing Crisis on the Resettlement of Afghan Refugees

AMSSA. February 3rd at 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Welcoming Afghan refugees requires many resources and support. One of the keys to a successful transition from Afghanistan to Canada is lodging. First, a temporary accommodation upon arrival, and then access to a longer-term solution in the chosen community. The lack of available housing compared to the number of refugees has been an ongoing issue for many cities and communities. This webinar is targeted at direct and indirect service providers in order to feature some of the innovations addressing the housing crisis and will investigate how they could be scaled up. The webinar will also discuss some statistics and data to present an up-to-date portrait of housing in general. 




Sharing Promising Practices to Support Frontline Workers in Smaller Centres

AMSSA. February 8th at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | The webinar will provide smaller centre service providers with tools for engaging in collaboration. Two smaller centre service providers, one from BC and one from Manitoba, will share their first-hand lived experiences of engaging in collaboration and provide tips and tricks for others to learn from their example and potentially apply the learnings to their communities. Having an out-of-province example will give service providers a closer look at what other smaller centres outside of BC are doing and enable us to potentially expand our learnings.




Frauds and Scams

Fraser Valley Regional Library. February 1st at 2:00pm - 3:00pm | This workshop will provide older adults with information to protect their finances, to recognize and respond to financial abuse, and to access resources for further assistance. The focus will be on common scams targeting older adults, and strategies to deal with scams and check for counterfeit bank notes.








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Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants – Online Information Sessions

ISSofBC. February 8th at 6:00 - 7:00pm | Are you a newcomer (Permanent Resident within the last 5 years) with  work experience trying to return to your field in British Columbia (BC)? One of these information sessions might help you in understanding how to return to your field and any requirements. 

IT Professionals

Do you have experience working as computer network technicians; information systems analysts & consultants; software engineers & designers; or computer programmers & interactive media developers? Join the workshop to learn more about how Career Paths can help you with: funding for courses related to your field; career planning; resume feedback; interview coaching; mentoring opportunities; BC Employer connections; online industry events; and much more!

Construction and Engineering

For those with experience as construction managers, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, and electrical and electronics engineers. Join the workshop to learn more about how Career Paths can help you with: funding for credential evaluations; EGBC processing and licensing fees; BC code-related courses; career planning; resume and interview coaching; and much more!




Self-care & Mindfulness Practices to Manage Workplace Stress

February 3rd at 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Join the Coquitlam Public Library and ISSofBC Job Quest for a workshop to support newcomers who are seeking employment or entering the Canadian workforce. This workshop will take a look at the impact of stress in modern-day life, and the main focus of this presentation is to describe several ways self-care and mindfulness can be easily implemented to manage stress and build a healthier lifestyle. 




Skills for Succeeding in the Workplace

Coquitlam Public Library and WorkBC. February 15th at 2:00pm - 3:30pm | The Skills for Success workshop will provide participants with everyday skills needed for work, learning and life. Improving them will help you succeed in today‘s and tomorrow‘s workplace.

Enhance Your Employment Skills

Fraser Valley Regional Library. February 17th at 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm | In this workshop participants will discover how to use library online resources to enhance their job skills, like LinkedIn Learning and Mango Languages to take free courses on business, software, technology, creative skills, and more.









2022 IRCC BC-Yukon Summit: Emerging Minds and Modes (AMSSA)

February 2nd from 9am to 4:40pm & February 3rd from 9am to 5pm | The BC-Yukon Summit will create space for service providers in BC and the Yukon to have big picture conversations, share and learn practical service delivery approaches and modes for eventually moving into a post-pandemic world. The Summit has two content streams with sub-themes: 1. Emerging Minds – big picture conversations on topics such as Immigration, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and truth-telling and reconciliation; and 2. Emerging Methods and Modes – more practical conversations and sharing of emerging approaches to service delivery. The summit includes learning opportunities through a total of 24 sessions.

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New Funding Opportunity

The Law Foundation of BC has created a $2 million Racial Justice Grant fund focused on racial justice and the law. Some of the grants available include: Development Grants of $25,000 for one year; and Initiative Grants from between $50,000-$200,000 per year for up to three years. The initial questionnaire expressing interest in receiving a grant is due March 7th.

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Order of British Columbia - 2022 Call for Nominations

The call for nominations for the Order of British Columbia is now open! The Order recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, excellence or distinction in a field of endeavour benefiting the people of the province or elsewhere. We encourage you to recognize someone for their accomplishments provincially, nationally, or internationally by nominating them today. Please click on the icon below to submit your nomination. The nomination deadline is Monday, April 4, 2022. 








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