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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, March 2024
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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Hearts Unbound: Unveiling Anti-Oppression Insights with the Warmth of Resilience Forum

Fri, March 8| 9:30am - 2:00pm| Evergreen Cultural Center - 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3

Join us to celebrate two years of a transformative journey of learning, empathy, and community building with the Anti-oppression Capacity Building Project.  

This event is an opportunity for project participants and community members to come together and reflect on our collective achievements and future goals in integrating an anti-oppressive lens into the services we provide.

  • Celebrate Endings and Beginnings: Join other service providers to celebrate the conclusion of the Anti-oppression Project and look forward to the journey ahead. 
  • Reflect on Achievements: Learn from the highlights of our research and training initiatives, acknowledging the positive impact we can make in the settlements sector. 
  • Continuous Learning: Reflect on the ongoing learning journey that anti-oppression work requires, share best practices and lessons learned for the future. 

The event is free, but registration is required.  

Register here!





TCLIP Immigrant Advisory Table - Call for Applications

The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership is now accepting applications for Immigrant Advisory Table members for 2024-2025. If you are an immigrant or refugee who is looking to take on a meaningful volunteer role and make an impact in your community, this is the right volunteer position for you.

Join us on this year's cohort of TCLIP‘s Immigrant Advisory Table, where you will be able to use your own experiences to provide advice and develop actions to improve newcomer‘s inclusion in the Tri-Cities. All newcomers, refugees, permanent residents, international students, and naturalized Canadians who live, study, or work in the Tri-Cities are eligible to apply.

The application is open until March 15, 2024.

For more information and to apply, please
click here!





Admissions of Permanent Residents by Category (2023)

“In 2023, Canada issued 471,550 Permanent Resident (PR) visas, exceeding its annual target of 465,000. Nearly 60% of the new permanent residents were admitted under the economic class, highlighting Canada's commitment to attracting a skilled labor force and solidifying its reputation as a prime destination for global talent.”

Find more statistics below to learn under which category permanent residents were admitted in 2023: Economic class, Refugee, Sponsored Family, or Other categories.

Data Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Permanent Residents.
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Get Artistic in March - Tri-Cities Family Challenge Booklet

TCLIP is hosting a 12-month family challenge where every month, families do an activity together and capture their memories through 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!

It's time for some spring cleaning! Take time out of March to clean at home or around your neighborhood as a family. Submit a drawing or story about how cleaning makes you feel for a chance to win this month's prize by March 28, 2024.

For more information on how to participate in the challenge, download a copy of the booklet!





Suicide Prevention Training

Thu, March 7| 3:00am - 5:00pm| Online

Join Fraser Health in this 90-minute virtual session, where you will learn to:

  • Recognize suicide warning signs.
  • Have a conversation with someone who may be at risk for suicide.
  • Encourage someone to get the help they need.
  • Refer at risk individuals to the appropriate services.

After the presentation, there will be a question and answer session, and you will receive an electronic QPR booklet with local community resources and further information about suicide and its prevention.

Register here!





Spring Break: Family Trivia Night

Wed, March 20| 6:30pm - 8:00pm| Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive Port Moody, B.C. V3H 5C3 (ParkLane Room)

Come test your knowledge at the Port Moody Library's Family Trivia Night! Teams of up to four kids and adults will have to prove themselves against book, movie, and popular culture questions, as well as some unique team challenges, and compete against each other to be named the Port Moody Public Library Trivia Champions.

How to register:
  • One registration per team.
  • Each team must have at least one adult.

Register here!





Climate Action for Sustainable Future

Thu, March 28| 6:00pm - 8:30pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Branch - Rooms 136 & 137)

Join the Coquitlam Public Library for an engaging documentary screening that explores the urgent need for climate action for a sustainable future. There will be a facilitated discussion following the screening.

Register here!





Community Nowruz Celebration 

Thu, March 28| 7:00pm - 9:00pm| Coquitlam Heritage at Mackin House, 1116 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam, BC, V3K 1G2 Canada

Coquitlam Heritage invites the community to come together and celebrate the Persian New Year at Mackin House, on March 28, 7pm-9pm. Connect with your neighbours through a sharing of food and discussions on your memories and experiences of Nowruz, and what this celebration means to you. Drinks and food will be provided, as well as craft activities for kids. Join Coquitlam Heritage to celebrate culture and heritage, and make connections with those in the community.

This is a free drop-in event. No registration required.





Port Moody Youth Scholarship Program

If you are in Grade 12 and intend to pursue a post-secondary education after you graduate, you can apply to the Port Moody Youth Scholarship Program. Each year, the City of Port Moody awards a $1,000 scholarship to a student in the city. If selected, the City will present you with a cheque after you provide proof of registration at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Youth Scholarship application process will be open February 1, 2024 to March 31, 2024.

For more information and application, please
click here!




Nominations are open for the 2024 Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards!

Is there an inspiring immigrant deserving of recognition that you know? Do they have a story that should be heard and honoured across Canada? Canadian Immigrant along with its sponsors Western Union, Windmill Microlending and COSTI Immigrant services is calling on all Canadians to nominate these extraordinary immigrants for the 16th annual Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards, Canada's only national awards for immigrant recognition.

Who can be nominated for Top 25?
A nominee can be anyone who has permanently immigrated to Canada and has since contributed to the success and uplifting of this country and/or its people. Achievements can be either professional or personal. Nominees must be landed immigrants (permanent residents or citizens) and reside in Canada.

To nominate someone, please click here and complete the nomination form by March 9, 2024, 11:59 pm (EST).




Applications for the Evergreen Cultural Center's 2024 Emerging Creators Incubator are now open!

The Emerging Creators Incubator is designed to support six early emerging artists between the ages of 18-30 who engage in performing, literary, and visual arts and live on the Coast Salish territories colonially known as the Tri-Cities and Lower Mainland. Emerging creators will be guided by mentors and have access to studio space during the Incubator. Throughout the program, emerging creators will learn from each other and be supported by ECC staff, in addition to mentorship from professional artists with significant career experience.

For more information and to apply, please click here! Applications are open until March 17, 2024, at 11:45pm (PDT).




The City of Coquitlam is planning active transportation and safety improvements across Southwest Coquitlam, including along Nelson Street. Currently, the Nelson Street corridor is missing continuous sidewalks, wheelchair ramps, curbs, gutters, a safe travel space for people to bike or scoot, lighting and street trees. The goal of the Nelson Street active transportation improvements is to create an accessible and safe multi-modal corridor for people of all ages and abilities who want to walk, bike, scoot, or drive between where they live, work, learn, play or shop.

Interested community members and active transportation users are invited to get involved by:

  • Attending a drop-in information session on Thursday, March 7, from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Maillardville Community Centre (1200 Cartier Ave.), Room 1.
  • Completing a survey between March 5 and 22, 2024.

For more information, please click here!




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Careers in Digital Marketing

Tue, March 5| 5:30pm - 6:30pm| Online

Join the Global Talent Loans program at ISS of BC and Jelly Academy for a webinar on careers in digital marketing. This interactive webinar will help you understand different jobs and career paths available in digital marketing. 

Register here!




Online Self-Paced Job Search Course

Thu, March 7| 1:00pm - 2:15pm| Online

Join ISS of BC in this workshop to learn about their online job search course, which you can take to help elevate your job search in Canada. In this self-based course, you will learn about different important topics, including:

  • Preparing for employment.
  • Navigating the labour market.
  • Job search essentials.
  • Writing your resume & cover letter.
  • Improving your interview skills.
  • Starting and keeping your job. 

Register here!




Resume and Job Search

Thu, March 14| 1:00pm - 2:30pm| Online

Join ISS of BC in this workshop to unlock your career potential. In this workshop, you will learn about:

  • Identifying your digital skills gap and learning needs for employment.
  • Searching employment opportunities on job boards.
  • Preparing online job applications.
  • Modifying your Resume.

Register here!




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Is Immigration Relevant to You?

Wed, March 6| 7:00pm - 8:30pm| Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive Port Moody, B.C. V3H 5C3 (ParkLane Room)

Join licensed Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC-IRB) Hui Zhang and immigration lawyer Robert Leong at Port Moody Library for a presentation on the ins and outs of immigration. You will get essential knowledge on the immigration process, including information on permanent residency obligations and becoming a Canadian citizen. You will also learn how to watch out for and report immigration fraud.

Register here!





Applying for Income Assistance - Welfare (in Arabic)

Wed, March 6| 12:00pm - 2:00pm| Online

Are you in need and have no other income resources? Join ISS of BC in this workshop to learn about the requirement, eligibility, and process for applying for income assistance.

For registration, please contact Suha Saleh at 236-988-7950 or suha.saleh@issbc.org.





Income Tax 101

Thu, March 7 |6:00pm - 7:00pm| Online

Join the Coquitlam Library and Fatima Benlarhzal, a CPA & CGA to learn the basics about taxes. The workshop will discuss:

  • Who needs to file for taxes
  • What types of income needs to be reported
  • How income tax returns work for individuals and small businesses
  • What types of deductions are available
  • Common mistakes you should be aware of
    different tax brackets 
  • and much more... 

    Register here!





    Wills and Estate Planning in BC (in Korean)

    Tue, March 12| 10:00am - 12:00pm| Coquitlam City Centre Library - 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 0Y1 (Room 127)

    Join ISS of BC in this in-person workshop for Korean immigrants to learn about:

    • Estate planning law in BC.
    • The power of attorney & legal representation.
    • Structures of will/key components.
    • Probate process & important considerations.

    For inquiries and registration, please contact Isabel at isabel.lee@issbc.org or 778-372-6550.




    Beginner English Practice Groups

    Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive Port Moody, B.C. V3H 5C3 (ParkLane Room)

    Join the Port Moody Public Library's English Practice Group to practice English speaking and listening. This learning class is held every week on Tuesday and Thursday. Please choose only one class: 

    • Every Tuesday, 11:00am - 12:30pm.
    • Every Thursday, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

    This is a drop-in event; there is no registration required. For more information, please click here!

    Intermediate/Advanced English Practice Group

    Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive Port Moody, B.C. V3H 5C3 (ParkLane Room)

    Are you looking for ways to keep your community connection while improving your English? Participate in the Port Moody Public Library's English Practice Group! Practice your English speaking and listening skills, develop friendships, and learn more about Tri-Cities, Canada, and available community resources. This class is suitable for intermediate or advanced learners.

    This learning class is held every week on Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:00pm.

    This is a drop-in event; there is no registration required. For more information, please
     click here!









    SOGI Made Simple

    What do the letters SOGI stand for? Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity. That’s SOGI. Since we all have a sexual orientation and gender identity, this is a conversation that includes all of us. Some students may be seeking to understand their sexual orientation or gender identity. Others already know where they fit, but need reassurance that they are safe and welcome to share their authentic self with the world. Conversations about SOGI focus on understanding and supporting the diversity that already exists in our schools, our communities, and our world. 

    What is SOGI-Inclusive Education?

    SOGI-inclusive education is about making sure that schools have inclusive policies, welcoming learning environments, and teaching resources that showcase the diversity of our world. It is about looking critically at every aspect of the education experience — like policies, practices, facilities, and lesson plans — and identifying where change is needed to make sure that students of all sexual orientations and gender identities feel safe and can truly flourish. SOGI-inclusive education is delivered in an age-appropriate manner, with content that is tailored to each age group and context. Educators use evidence-based approaches that align with human rights standards. SOGI inclusion in schools is not a new or untested concept. It is an evidence-based approach that has been researched extensively, debated rigorously, and integrated into our legislation and human rights codes slowly across decades.

    Common SOGI Myths

    Myth: SOGI-inclusive education pushes children to become gay or transgender.

    • Explanation: Sexual orientation and gender identity are innate parts of who your child is. Nobody can change that, and nobody is trying to. The goal of SOGI-inclusive education is to create a school environment where every child can be their authentic self, without fear of harassment, discrimination, or being left out by others. Positive representation of the diversity that already exists all around us improves mental health outcomes for all students.

    Myth: There is a special ‘sogi curriculum’ that contains sexually explicit material.

    • Explanation: The only curriculum being taught in your child’s classroom is the standard government curriculum, which is publicly available online. Every teacher decides how to approach curriculum requirements in their own way, based on thorough professional training – creating lesson plans and identifying teaching resources that they determine to be informative, engaging, accurate, current, and age-appropriate. SOGI 1 2 3 offers resources to help teachers meet curriculum requirements that include SOGI topics. These resources focus on representation and inclusion, and are different than sexual health education.




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    Digital Literacy Class Support Volunteer

    S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is currently looking for volunteers to support its digital literacy classes for the Digital Literacy Exchange Program. You will be teaching digital literacy skills to newcomers and seniors in Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, or Farsi. The education will cover computer skills, tablets and smartphones, online safety and social networking.

    • Assist Digital Facilitators in teaching digital literacy classes to newcomers and seniors.
    • Provide instruction in computer skills, tablets and smartphones, online safety and social networking.
    • Provide one-to-one support to digital literacy workshop/webinar clients.
    • Create a positive and inclusive learning environment that encourages client participation and fosters a love of learning.
    • Attend training sessions and meetings as required

    For more information about requirements, time commitment, and location, please click here!

    Repair Café 

    Repair Café by the City of Coquitlam are events where locals can bring in broken items to be fixed for free by volunteers. They support Coquitlam’s Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) goals to minimize waste generation and maximize reuse, recycling and material recovery. 

    Repair Café events are run by volunteers that are handy, like tinkering/fixing things, or simply want to help out in the community. The City is seeking volunteers that have a variety of these skills to help repair items at the events. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please sign up for this volunteer call of interest.

    For more information, please
    click here!








    ENCORE CAREERS (55+)our 

    Encore Careers is a government-funded employment program provided by Douglas College and is designed to assist people aged 55+ in their job search. It offers support in sustainable employment or self-employment, career exploration, skills training, and more over 10 weeks. This program can be a lifeline for those who have unexpectedly lost their jobs, those re-entering the workforce due to necessity or folks eager to rejoin work and explore new career paths as part of their later-stage journey.

    For more information, please
     click here!

    VOICE Employment Program

    The Vocational Opportunities, Inclusion, and Career Empowerment (VOICE) is a transformative program provided by Douglas College and dedicated to supporting BIPOC individuals with disabilities on their path to meaningful employment or self-employment. The program's goal is to enhance economic participation and foster independence for BIPOC persons with disabilities while promoting inclusive work environments that embrace diversity and accessibility. Through comprehensive hands-on support and training, VOICE strives to bridge the gap between employers, BIPOC employees with disabilities, and their support networks.

    For more information, please
     click here!




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