Tri-Cities LIP: March 2019 Newsletter
 
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The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership works to set priorities and coordinate services for immigrants and refugees, and to create a community where everyone can be welcomed and belong.

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Networking Employment Connections Event
March 7, 2019
2 - 6 pm
Douglas College Atrium
1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam


Join us for an afternoon of seminars, employment panel activities and speed networking to help you take the next step towards a career in Canada.
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LABOUR MARKET

 

 

 

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reRoute Global Talent Expo VANCOUVER

March 2, 2019 (Saturday)
10 am - 4 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre - EAST BUILDING
999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Canada‘s leading recruitment event for newcomers  is coming this March. Attend this event to meet with hiring managers of companies, get Visa and Immigration Advice, Career Services, Education and English Language Testing, Foreign Credential Assessment and Settlement Services.

Register here

Building Your Business From The Grassroots Up

March 5, 2019 (Tuesday)
7-8:30 pm
Parklane Room
Port Moody Public Library

Take your business idea from dream to reality with this practical workshop that will cover the planning, developing, and implementation stages.
Learn about municipal licenses, target markets, insurance, business laws, and more with Sherina Chandra. Call 604-469-4577 to register.

Successfully Marketing Your Business

March 12, 2019 (Tuesday)
7-8:30 pm
Parklane Room
Port Moody Public Library

Get the word out about your business! Learn how to use webtools to create an eye-catching logo, leverage social media,
create a simple webpage, and develop a marketing strategy in this workshop with Sherina Chandra.
Call 604-469-4577 to register


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Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Hosts International Women's Day

March 8, 2019 (Friday)
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club
3251 Plateau Blvd, Coquitlam

On March 8, the Tri-Cities Chamber will be hosting its 5th annual International Women's Day celebration.

The celebration will start with a delicious lunch and keynote address from Olympian and Mental Health Advocate, and author, Leah Pells, RCC. The keynote address will be followed by a moderated panel discussion from local women of influence and how they strike a balance in their lives and career. 
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SURVEY: Half of BC immigrants say they do not find jobs matching their training, skills and experience              

Of 400 immigrants surveyed in B.C in February, 34% say they have amassed debt due to employment difficulties experienced here, and 44% say it has been difficult to provide for their families. The figures are even higher among those looking for work in their chosen field, in which they are trained or have previous work experience.

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Labour Force Survey 2019

Produced by Statistics Canada, this interactive map allows the user combine multiple provinces, sexes and age groups to create labour market domains of interest!

Check it out here.




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RESOURCE: A guide to navigating regulated professions in Canada

Click here to see a resource list of the most common licensed professions and their related licensing or regulatory bodies.

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

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BC Refugee Hub Forum: LGBTQ Refugees & Refugee Claimants

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time:  9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Hilton Metrotown - 6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby, BC V5H 2W7
 
The BC Refugee Hub is hosting a full-day professional development training forum titled: LGBTQ Refugees and Refugee Claimants. 
 
The agenda for this full day training event was created in collaboration with Rainbow Refugee. This training is suitable for those working in front-line positions, coordinators and managers at settlement service provider agencies, as well as community stakeholders who work with and support refugees and refugee claimants from the time they come to BC, during their claim process, when a claim decision is received an who are/become permanent residents (PRs).
Deadline to register: March 8, 2019 
Registration is required. Seats are limited. 
Click here to register.

 

 

 

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

 

 

 

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Deadline for City of PoCo Volunteer Nominations on March 5

The City of Port Coquitlam recognizes the value of volunteers and honours them each year with the Volunteer Recognition Awards. Show them some love by nominating a hardworking Port Coquitlam volunteer by March 5. All nominees receive a commemorative pin, certificate, and invitation to a special tribute evening in April. All recipients receive a personalized award and are added to the Volunteer Honour Roll at City Hall.

Register your nominee here
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Stories Of Patient-Oriented Research

March 12, 2019 (Tuesday)
9-11 am
Arbutus and Birch Rooms, 4th Floor, Central City, 13450
102 Avenue, Surrey BC

This session is open to Fraser Health employees, physicians, the public and those from partner institutions. Breakfast pastries, fruits and beverages will be provided.

The following patient-oriented research projects will be shared: 

•Becoming Known: Determining Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Priorities
•Responding to the Overdose Crisis: Exploring Risk and Resilience with a Hidden Patient Population in the Fraser East
•Prioritizing the Perspectives of Vulnerable Patients in the Development and Design of Research
•Partnership in the Social Robot Project

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"If if in doubt about whether integration works or what else needs to happen to make it work, ask the experts – migrants and refugees themselves"

A journalist and community organizer weighs in on the tremendous efforts required in building truly inclusive cities.

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SETTLEMENT WORKSHOPS

 

 

 

WELCOMING THE YOUTH

Helping newcomer youth succeed in their new home

(Farsi) Positive Communication For Parents And Youth, Ages 11-18

March 8, 2019 (Friday)
10 am - 12 pm
S.U.C.C.E.S.S
2058 Henderson Place
1163 Pinetree Way,Coquitlam 
Call 604-461-6000 for more information.

(Farsi) An Introduction To The Canadian School System

March 16, 2019 (Saturday)
10 am - 12pm
S.U.C.C.E.S.S
2058 Henderson Place
1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Call 604-461-6000 for more information.

MAP Friday




March 8 & 22 (Friday)    
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
ISSofBC Cottonwood
#200-504 Cottonwood Avenue, Coquitlam


To register contact Alaa Idris 778-383-1438 (ext 1904)
Email: alaa.idris@issbc.org

IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH

Join any of these fun-filled activities and brush up on your English language skills!


SHARE English Practice Group

March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 (Fridays)
9:30-11:00 am
Parklane Room
Port Moody Public Library

Call SHARE at 604-936-3900 for more information. 


Adult Learners Book Club

March 13, 2019 (Wednesday)
7-8:30 pm
Parklane Room
Port Moody Public Library

Drop-in, see Accounts desk for the book of the month.



English Conversation Circle

March 1, 8 & 15 (Fridays)
ISSofBC Lincoln
#136 – 3030 Lincoln Ave, Coquitlam, BC

10 am - 12 pm (for CLB 1-3)
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (for CLB 4, 5, 6)

To register, contact Elsie Decena 778-284-7026 (ext 1560)
Email: elsie.decena@issbc.org

March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 (Fridays)
10 am - 12 pm
ISSofBC Cottonwood
#200-504 Cottonwood Ave., Coquitlam, BC

To register, contact Lucy Hardman 778-383-1438 (ext1907) Email:lucy.hardman@issbc.org


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Douglas College Offers Tuition-Free English Language Academic Preparation Classes

Douglas College, through its English Language Learning and Acquisition (ELLA) Department, is offering tuition-free English language academic preparation classes for refugees, permanent residents, and Canadian citizens.

These courses, which can be taken either full- or part-time, help students acquire the necessary academic and English language skills to gain entry into Canadian colleges and universities.

For more information about this program, please contact Karen Zold at ella@douglascollege.ca or check ELLA‘s website.

 

 

 

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT   COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

 

 

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Immigrant Pathways

March 2, 2019 (Saturday)
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Terry Fox Library
2470 Mary Hill Road
Port Coquitlam

Presented by S.U.C.C.E.S.S, this event gives you access to the latest information about immigration options for work permit holders and international students. Topics include application requirements, express entry and the BC Provincial Nominee Program. There will be a question & answer session at the end for participants.

To register call S.U.C.C.E.S.S. at 604-468-6069 or 604-468-6022, or email bcsis@success.bc.ca
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Feast of Coquitlam: Slovakia

March 6, 2019 (Wednesday)
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Coquitlam Heritage Society at Mackin House
1116 Brunette Ave
Coquitlam

Learn about the culinary customs of the central European gem of Slovakia. Cook Suzie Hartford will lead you through the steps of making her favorite dish called Svechkova, a beef sirloin marinated in water, vinegar, shredded vegetables and simple spices. After cooking the vegetable juices are blended and turned into a delicious cream sauce to accompany the dish. Along with Svechkova, feast on a steamed bread called Knedla and red cabbage. These dishes reflect the evololution of Slovakia itself as this area, now two countries (Slovakia and Czech Republic) were Czechoslovakia until 1993. 

Click here for more information

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Festival Du Bois

March 23, 2019 (Saturday) from 10 am to
March 24, 2019 (Sunday) at 4 pm
Coquitlam Heritage Society at Mackin House
1116 Brunette Ave
Coquitlam

A weekend celebration of francophone and French-Canadian culture – the largest festival in BC. Come enjoy amazing music and dance and treats at Mackin House, just across the street from Mackin Park where the 3 day festival is held. Click here for performer names and details.  
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MOSAIC Career & Job Fair

April 9, 2019 (Tuesday)
10 am - 3 pm
Croatian Cultural Centre
3250 Commercial Drive
Vancouver

The MOSAIC Career & Job Fair brings together employers, qualified professionals, skilled workers, and entry-level individuals under one roof. Over 80 companies were at MOSAIC‘s 2018 Job Fair looking to fill up to 1500 positions! Companies in 2018 included: Air Canada, City of Vancouver; Royal Bank of Canada; Home Depot; Airport Terminal Services; Canada Revenue Agency; Fortinet Technologies; LUSH Cosmetics; UPS; Canadian Tire and many more.

You can sign up here and get more information.

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

 

 

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A Strong and Connected Neighbourhood

A case study outlines the process by which a small city in Ontario facilitates resident-led neighbourhood community building.
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REPORT: Measuring Diversity-Related Investments

Measuring Up: Benchmarking Diversity and Inclusion in Canadian Organizations provides a snapshot of diversity-related investments, policies, practices, and programs across Canadian organizations. Several levers motivate organizations to pay attention to D&I. Demographic shifts and skills shortages are compelling organizations to look outside their traditional labour pools. Government regulations also require many organizations to report on representation in their workforce. Despite these contextual drivers, it is the positive impacts seen and felt inside business that are driving the attention and investment in D&I practices.

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SWEDEN: An Experiment In Economic Integration

Focused not only on immediate employment needs, We Link Sweden's Entry Hub supports individual refugee job-seekers to prepare for long-term employment success in the Swedish labour market.

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