Tri-Cities LIP: Newcomer Employment Week, September-October News
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Tri-Cities Newcomer Employment Week returns on November 18- 22, 2019!

Newcomers are invited to meet and network with employers and service providers. This year’s theme is on the Importance of Workplace Culture. Learn how workplace culture plays a key role in an organization’s recruitment process.

Start the week at Coquitlam City Centre Public Library on November 18 from 10 am – 3pm with workshops, employer panels, resume clinics & speed networking with employers.

The rest of the week is dedicated for newcomers to meet employers at Workplace Tours. Jobseekers will be invited to workplaces from a variety of different sectors across the Tri-Cities to meet with employers, learn about the different roles in their organization and their recruitment process.

Save the date in your calendars!

This initiative is delivered in collaboration with

Vancity | Coquitlam Public Library | Douglas College Training Group | ISSof BC | S.U.C.C.E.S.S. | MOSAIC | YWCA WorkBC Centres | City of Port Moody | Immigrant Employment Council of BC | Coquitlam Continuing Education | Windmill Microlending | SHARE Family & Community Services

Visit the 
Tri-Cities LIP website for updates!








Learn About Government   Elections

Presented by Tri-Cities Literacy Committee
In Collaboration With Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership 

October 2, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Coquitlam City Centre Library
1169 Pinetree Way

October 3, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Terry Fox Library
2470 Mary Hill Rd
Port Coquitlam 

For more information, contact 




All Candidates Debate
On October 2 and 3, the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce invites you to come out to the
All Candidates Meeting to hear from your local federal candidates. It will be held at Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Ask your questions online! Visit and enter the event code COQ - POCO to ask your questions before or during the event.

Click here for more information on the October 2 event at Port Coquitlam.
Click here for more information on the October 3 event at Coquitlam









Become A Library Champion Volunteer Today!

Do you want to gain Canadian work experience, build skills, meet new people and give back to your community all at the same time? Consider becoming a Library Champion! An information session will be held at the Port Moody Library on October 3 from 10 - 11:30 AM. Click here to register.  

2019 MOSAIC Multicultural Seniors Day 

MOSAIC invites to a day-long celebration of seniors' contributions on September 14, 2019 (Sat) from 10 AM - 3 PM at Surrey City Hall (Atrium and Theater) on 13450 104 Ave. Surrey. Featuring performances and story-telling. Light refreshments available for registered attendees. For more information, call 604.254.9626




Welcome To Coquitlam
Both new and long-time residents are invited to Coquitlam’s annual Welcome to Coquitlam event on October 9, 2019 from 2 - 8 PM at Coquitlam City Hall, 3000 Guildford Way. This free event highlights city and community-based programs and services and is designed to welcome newcomers and help them get the most out of the community. Check back on this link for updates. 




Volunteer as Visual Art & Dance Classroom Assistants this Fall

Place des Arts seeks reliable volunteers for weekly visual arts and dance classes. You should enjoy working with kids, have a fair level of artistic skill/knowledge, and must make a strong commitment to coming to the class each and every week, as teachers and students rely on the volunteer's help each class.

For inquiries, email Samantha Newton or call 604.664.1636 ext. 36.

Ma Murray Day at Anmore 

On September 8, from 12 - 5 PM, head out to Spirit Park, 2697 Sunnyside Road, Anmore, and enjoy food, live entertainment, and a car show, among many other activities, in celebration of Ma Murray Day. 

For information and registration, contact Sabina Perrin at




Maillardville Open House 

The annual Open House event celebrates the arrival of the first train passengers to Maillardville and this year is the 20th anniversary of Mackin House being open to the public as a museum. On September 21, join the Francophone community for train station & museum tours, crafts, treats, quilt sewing and sock knitting demonstrations and the world folk music sounds of Kouskous.

Click here for more details. 

Diwali Festival

Diwali is a celebration of light defeating darkness.  On October 19, head out to Mackin House and learn the reasons behind the customs, make crafts, watch a samosa making demonstration, enjoy chai & sweets. Get a complimentary henna design on your hand and enjoy performances.No Registration Required. By Donation. All Ages.

Click here for more details. 





For Girls Who Want To Fly! 

If you’d like to experience an incredible FREE event, check out for information on the world’s largest gender diversity outreach event in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine & Defence!  No registration required. The event happens on October 5-6, 2019 at the Abbotsford International Airport.









How To Start A Small Business 

September 5, 12 & 19 (Thursdays)
10 AM - 12:30 PM
2058 Henderson Place, SUCCESS Tri-Cities Service Centre
1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam 

Participants will receive a $49 voucher from Small Business BC to register for the Start Smart Series. 

To register, call 604.468.6000 or email Annie Moon at

CAVE Youth Employment Program 

Specializing in helping youth with barriers find jobs, the CAVE Youth Employment Program is now accepting applications from young adults aged 18-24. The next class begins on September 23rd and there are only 12 available seats. 

Drop in for an information session: 
Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday until September 19, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Douglas College
Burnaby Training Centre
4250 Kingsway, Suite 202, Burnaby, BC

For more information and appointments, contact:

Text or call Hana: 604.218.4146
Reception Desk:  604.438.3045 

Douglas College Encore Careers (Job Search For 55+)

Are you 55 or older and looking for an income? Encore Careers takes an innovative approach that helps you identify and use your skill strengths in the current labour market to meet your retirement goals. 

To register, call 604.777.6147 or email





September 25, 2019
8:30 AM - 3 PM
Evergreen Cultural Centre
1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam

Across several educational workshops, entrepreneurs will learn the foundational skills they need to launch a successful business, delivered by expert industry professionals. There’ll also be plenty of opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and benefit from educational exhibits. Register here. 

Interview Savvy   

Learn how to pitch yourself, answer key questions, 
close well, and get feedback on your answers.

Oct. 1, 2019
7-9 PM
ParkLane Room
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

Register here









Windmill's Mentorship Program 

To better support clients in achieving professional success, Windmill Microlending has launched a new Mentorship Program.

The program will help mentees navigate the Canadian labour market and provide necessary skills and tools to help them find employment that matches their skills, experience and education

Click here to learn more about the program. 




Family Learn & Play

Family Learn & Play is a monthly family literacy event co-sponsored by the Coquitlam School District (SD43), the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee, the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Committee, Coquitlam Public Libraries, and Coquitlam Centre. Children aged 3 to 10 years old are invited to complete a variety of early learning activities. Children will be given a bookmark upon arrival and stickers upon completing activities. Once they receive 6 stickers, they will receive a free book. Parents and caregivers are welcome to explore the wide range of community services and resources provided. Click here to learn more. 

The Migrant Worker Hub

The Migrant Worker Hub is a component of the project “Building Capacity to Support BC’s Migrant Workers”. This website is a centralized hub of resources and tools to enhance the knowledge and capacity of individuals, employers, unions, professional associations and other organizations supporting migrant workers in British Columbia.

The purpose of this Migrant Worker Hub is to provide content that contributes to improving the working and living conditions of migrant workers and to exchange knowledge with organizations, employers and staff. Visit the site for more info.

Let's Talk About Stress 

Facilitated by a registered therapeutic counsellor, the workshop will discuss how certain core values and family rules can cause stress, 
as well as how a person's body reacts when they are 
dealing with stress.

October 22, 2019
7 - 8 PM
ParkLane Room
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

Register here








Newcomer Orientation (in Farsi) 

September 6, 2019
10 AM - 12 PM
2058 Henderson Place, SUCCESS Tri-Cities 
1163 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
To register, call 604.468.6000

Citizenship Application Information 

September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10
10 AM - 12 PM
ParkLane Room
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
To register, call 604.468.6000

B.C Public School System (in Mandarin) 

September 17, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 PM
Room 137, Coquitlam City Centre Library
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
To register, call Theresa Yu at
778.284.7026 (ext 1563) or email

B.C Settlement & Integration Service 

September 17, 2019
1-4 PM
ParkLane Room
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody
Make a one-on-one appointment by calling 604.468.6022 or email

Learning In Action

Learning in Action matches newcomers learning English with long-term residents of Canada in 3-month mentorships to help them gain confidence and improve their English-speaking skills outside of the classroom.

September 24, 2019
6:00 to 8:30 PM 
ISS of BC Lincoln
#129-3030 Lincoln Ave.,Coquitlam
To register, contact Elsie Decena 778.284.7026 (ext 1560) or

Format Your Resume In Microsoft Word 

Learn how to use different formatting tools in Microsoft 
Word to make your resume look professional. 
Basic Microsoft Word and typing skills required.Learn how to pitch yourself, answer key questions, 
close well, and get feedback on your answers.

Oct. 3, 2019
ParkLane Room
100 Newport Drive, Port Moody

Register online








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Crossing The Divide: Deepening Our Understanding Of Diversity In The Tri-Cities 

December 2, 2019 & February 18, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
C1008 Douglas College
David Lam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way Coquitlam

Explore ways to improve service delivery that meets the diverse needs of residents through an intersectional framework & promote meaningful intercultural connections through a deeper understanding of diversity in the Tri-Cities. Co-facilitated by Priti Shah & Matthias Klenk.

Click here to register!














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