[AUG] Tri-Cities Community Events, Newcomer Jobs and Settlement Resource & More
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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, August 2023
This newsletter connects newcomers and service providers to community resources, events and initiatives that support newcomer inclusion and participation in the Tri-Cities.
Events & Community Information | Career Resources for Newcomers | Settlement Information | Volunteer Opportunities | Immigration Research & News Publications
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Sense of Belonging Research - Survey Participants Invite

Calling for survey participants! We need your help to improve the inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ newcomers in our local settlement services, understand the unique challenges and barriers they face, and how we can build more welcoming spaces across the community. Your contribution will help to improve community services and newcomer settlement programs to serve the needs of queer, trans, questioning, and non-binary folks in the Tri-Cities area.

Who can participate? We are looking for:
  • immigrants, refugees, international students, and temporary workers who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or questioning AND living or working in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, or Port Moody
  • partner or caregiver of someone who identifies as 2SLGBTQIA+
  • staff of a community service provider (for example: newcomer settlement, employment services, library, child care, education, healthcare, food bank, etc.)

Take part in our short survey questionnaire. It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your participation & insights are greatly appreciated and will help build more safe spaces in our Tri-Cities community.





The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership is hiring a Program Officer!

 If you are looking to join a purpose and value-driven organization that makes meaningful contributions to the local Tri-Cities community, this is the place for you. At TCLIP, you will be able to grow and develop alongside a diverse team of professionals and enjoy great benefits and perks. The Program Officer reports to the Program Manager and is responsible for providing administrative support to the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership’s daily activities and projects. Apply here.

🔹 Full-Time position
🔹 Compensation: $29 per hour
🔹 Application Deadline: September 1, 2023





Coquitlam Summer Farmers Market

Every Sunday in August | 9:00am - 1:00pm| Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot
Join the Coquitlam Farmers Market! Every Sundays from May to October from 9am to 1pm. Shop amazing vendors for farm fresh produce, baked goods, prepared food and drink, and locally made crafts and jewellery. Don't forget their award-winning POP (Power of Produce) Kids Program, as well as hot food and live music. Click here for more information.

Port Moody Summer Farmers Market

Every Wednesday in August | 3:00pm - 7:00pm| Port Moody Recreation Complex
Join the Port Moody Summer Farmers Market! From June to October, they are taking over the Port Moody Rec Centre parking lot every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm. Fresh produce, baked goods, locally made crafts and jewellery, live music, workshops and more! Summer is good at the Port Moody Farmers Market! Click here for more information.





Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in Coquitlam

August 18 and 19 at the Town Centre Park
This year‘s Kaleidoscope festival offers two different venues and vibes to explore. For more information click here.
Fri, August 18, 6:00pm – 9:30pm.
For a concert experience with food trucks and live music, join the festival hub at Town Centre Park, 1299 Pinetree Way. Bring your own chairs or blanket and watch The Zolas – a JUNO-nominated indie rock band from Vancouver, and Current Swell – a world-renowned indie rock band from Victoria, perform on the Town Centre Park Community Plaza Stage overlooking beautiful Lafarge Lake. 
Sat, August 19, 4:00pm
Immerse yourself in the arts at Blue Mountain Park, 975 King Albert Ave. Get creative with hands-on arts activities, watch music and cultural dance performances, participate in cultural workshops and sample food vendor fare. 
For more information click here.




Music in the Park in Port Coquitlam

Sat, August 12 | 2:00pm-5:00pm| Lions Park
Enjoy the summer with free afternoon musical performances from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Lions Park, featuring professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver playing a variety of genres! For more information on the lineup please click here

Cinema under the stars in Port Coquitlam

Sat and Sun, August 20,26 | 8:45pm| Gates Park and Evergreen Park

Enjoy an unforgettable free outdoor movie experience! Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and round up some family and friends for Saturday movie nights on an enormous silver screen.

Sunday, August 20 —  8:45pm: Gates Park — Super Mario Bros. Movie
Saturday, August 26 — 8:45pm: Evergreen Park — Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 3

For more outdoor activities click here.





Get Artistic in August - Tri-Cities Family Challenge Booklet

TCLIP and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is hosting a 12-month family challenge! Every month, families do an activity together and capture their memories using the Tri-Cities Family Challenge Booklet. There will be a monthly draw for families to submit their drawings, photos, or stories for a chance to win prizes!This month take a walk along a local trail and discover nature with your family! Try and identify different types of trees, plants, birds, or insects. Submit your drawing or story to us for a chance to win this month's prize by August 31, 2023! For more information on how to participate in the challenge, Download a copy of the Booklet
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Meeting Employer Session with Royal Bank of Canada (English) | S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Fri, August 4| 11:00am - 12:00pm | Coquitlam
This virtual meeting-the-employer session will include opportunities to:
  • Tips for preparing resume and interview
  • Hiring process
  • Site tour and net working

The meeting will take place at RBC Clarke and Como Branch, 101-567 Clarke Road, Coquitlam, BC. To register please email  annie.moon@success.bc.ca or call  778 656 0752





Stronger Future Skills Grant | Province of British Columbia

The StrongerBC future skills grant is open to British Columbians aged 19 years or older – regardless of financial need – and covers up to $3,500 per person for eligible short-term skills training at public post-secondary institutions.

The grant will help learners access eligible short-term skills training to further their careers, upgrade their skills and enhance their productivity, giving them access to well-paid, high opportunity occupations. Learners can choose from a growing list of more than 400 programs. Click here for more information.




Gateway to Tourism & Hospitality Jobs for Newcomers | ISSofBC 

Wed, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 1:30pm - 2:00pm | Online
Join ISSofBC to explore the labour market trend in Tourism and Hospitality and tips on entering this industry. Register here

Free online courses to help in your career | University of British Columbia

Online courses
Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. University of British Columbia courses found below can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee. Click here to learn more.




Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program - Online Info Sessions in August | Douglas College Training Group

The Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program at Douglas College is a government funded program for newcomer permanent residents in BC. This program is free for eligible applicants and can help overcome the barriers to getting back into working in your professional field. Registration required to attend the info sessions.
CPHR Informational Session
Thu, Aug 17 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Join them for an exclusive FREE information session on Zoom with Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) BC and the Yukon. Click here for more information. 

International Medical Graduates Information Session
Thu, Aug 17 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

At this information session, you will learn about how the Career Paths Health program can support you in your goal of pursuing medical residency or PRA-BC. Click here for more information. 
Internationally Educated Nurses Information Session 
Thu, August 24 | 10:00am - 11:00am
At this information session, you will learn about how the Career Paths Health program can support you in your goal of becoming a registered nurse (RN,LPN, RPN) in BC. Click here for more information. 

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Wellness Workshop Series: Chair Yoga for Newcomer Seniors| MOSAIC

Fri, August 4,11,18, 25 |9:30am - 11:00am| Surrey
Join MOSAIC for a FREE physical wellness sessions, accompanied by information sessions about government benefits. The sessions are led by certified Yoga instructors and will take place at MOSAIC, 7134 King George Blvd, Surrey. Refreshments will be provided. Bring your PR card for registration. For registration please click here or call (778) 591-9334

"I Belong Beyond Borders and Binaries" Peer Support Group for Newcomers| MOSAIC

Mon, August 21 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Vancouver
Meet and make friends with other transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse newcomers in Vancouver! Beyond Borders and Binaries is facilitated by our LGBTQ+ support worker in collaboration with registered clinical counsellors. Participants can learn about community resources, share experiences, and find support in a safe, understanding space. Beyond Borders and Binaries is open to transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse newcomers regardless of immigration status. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required, please contact ibelong@mosaicbc.org to sign up.




Canada Public Pensions Free Webinar for Korean Immigrants| ISSofBC

Thu, August 3rd|  10:30am– 12:30pm| Online
Join ISSofBC to learn about  old age security, guaranteed income supplement, allowance for spouse, allowance for survival, and Canada Pension Plan with guest speaker Miyoung Suh  (Settlement Worker, ISSofBC. For registration please email miyoung.suh@issbc.org  or call 236-988-7960
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VoiceStory: Conversation and Connection Sessions | Coquitlam Library

Wed, August 9 and Thu, August 24 |6:30pm - 8:00pm| Coquitlam
The VoiceStory social events are about putting away cell phones and taking a moment to be with yourself and other community members, then having time to practice how to have a conversation.

Are you new to the community and want to meet people? Looking for a safe space to practice speaking? Tired of having video calls to connect with other people?

Then this is where you want to be!

If you have thoughts and feelings of being disconnected, uncertain of what to say, what to talk about, not wanting to go alone, “this is just another networking event…” or a multitude of other reasons… please understand that the Coquitlam Public Library  have kept all of this in mind in the creation of these social events for you. Click here to register for August 9 and here for August 24.

Legal Education Webinar Series | South Asian Legal Clinic of BC

Do you have questions or are concerned about racism in the workplace, the rise of hate speech, and responding to hate crimes? Join the South Asian Legal Clinic of British Columbia as they host a series of legal webinars this summer. Read more about workshop details and register HERE.
  • August 1 - The Bystander Effect: Responding to a Hate Crime
  • August 15 - Anti-Racism Training for Professionals

All 2 virtual workshops are free and attendees will receive a certificate of completion for every workshop attended. They will be delivered by SALC staff lawyer, Jasmine Gill, who is committed to improving access to justice for marginalized communities.







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For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit www.tricitieslip.ca

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