TCLIP Nov 2020: Diversity in Leadership Events, Funding Opportunities & Research
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The Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership brings community leaders & organizations together to set priorities and coordinate services for immigrants and refugees, and to create a community where everyone can be welcomed and belong.

This newsletter is intended to share resources, upcoming events and community initiatives that may support your work. Please share with your teams and networks.

News items featured in the e-newsletter are sourced, provided to us by our partners or accessed through open data sources. To include your news and events in our next update, please email the TCLIP Team.








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Engage Diverse Board Members in Your Organization

One strategy to bringing diverse voices at the leadership level is to identify already engaged volunteers within your organization to apply to board roles. Invite potential board candidates to attend the Board Roles and Responsibilities workshop on November 17.
In partnership with Vantage Point, Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership is hosting the Board Roles and Responsibilities workshop for leadership candidates to better understand the key responsibilities and practices that build effective boards. This workshop is part of the Diversity in Leadership project, with support from the Province of BC.




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Is Your Organization Looking for Diverse Voices in Leadership?

Leadership Connections is a virtual networking event to bring together community leaders and diverse leadership candidates. The event will be held on November 5th (Thurs) from 6:30 - 8:00 pm









COVID-19 Proof Your Business: A Message from Fraser Health

Fraser Health has released a 3-page document on COVID-19 proofing the workplace for businesses. An except follows below:

"Healthy staff and healthy customers means healthy businesses. Over the past few months we’ve seen many businesses temporarily having to shut their doors to manage cases and outbreaks. As we enter respiratory illness and flu season, the risk to businesses is increasing. But there are measures you can take now to protect your business from being the next to have to shut its doors due to COVID -19:

1. Show your business cares by having all employees wear masks at work.
2. Don’t let employees come to work sick.
3. Make sure there is physical distancing in every place an employee goes during their day.
4. There should be no social gatherings, parties or staff lunches.
5. Keep good records of where staff worked each day and maintain a current employee list with contact information to support Public Health to do contact tracing if a case occurs.
6. At large worksites, divide staff into cohorts.
7. Think about transportation.
8. Good COVID-19 sense makes good business sense."





Outdoor Flu Clinics Opening in Port Moody And Port Coquitlam Starting November 2nd

Fraser Northwest Division (FNWD) in partnership with Family Doctors, pharmacists, community volunteers and the City of Port Coquitlam, the City of Port Moody and Fraser Health will be opening up outdoor flu clinics within the Tri-Cities Region to give the public more options for immunization against the flu, especially as pharmacies and clinics are offering a limited number of flu vaccinations this year to preserve the health and safety of their patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.




Staying Apart To Stay Safe 

B.C. Seniors Advocate, Isobel Mackenzie, will present the Staying Apart to Stay Safe Survey Report about visitor restrictions to long-term care and assisted living homes, Wednesday, November 4 at 1:00 pm. The session is hosted by Tri-Cities Seniors' Action Society. 

ISS of BC In-Person Services

New or returning ISS of BC clients can check out the available programs by visiting the ISSofBC Programs during COVID-19 webpage. Resumption of in-person self-employment services and LINC training – which continue to be delivered online or by phone – will be announced later. Clients booking or arriving for appointments will be expected to answer a number of health-related screening questions and provide critical personal information to facilitate virus contact tracing should that become necessary. 





Updated: Tri-Cities Street Survival Guide 

The Tri-Cities Homelessness & Housing Task Group has put together an updated Street Survival Guide for those in need of emergency food, shelter, clothing, and other useful resources such as where to find internet and help in getting a job in the Tri-Cities. 





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Fraser Health Is Looking For Volunteers 

The Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice is looking for volunteers to assist with Outdoor Community Flu-Shot Clinics. This is a great service opportunity for those who are looking to help their community while still practicing social distancing. If you are interested in getting involved, please email








BC Multiculturalism Fund Now Accepting Applications

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is pleased to advise you that it is currently accepting applications for the Multiculturalism Grant program. The application period is open now through to November 30, 2020

Registered non-profit and charitable organizations, as well as other public and private sector organizations working in partnership with a non-profit society, are invited to apply for grants to support activities across the Province that build intercultural interaction, trust and understanding, or challenge racism, hate and systemic barriers. A virtual information session on the Grant program this year is planned on November 10, 2020.  




Service Delivery Improvements Funding Process Now Open 

The Expression of Interest process for Government of Canada's Service Delivery Improvements Funding is now open until November 24th. Under the expression of interest (EOI) process, the Government of Canada will fund short-term, indirect service projects (1 to 3 years) that will focus on testing new approaches to delivering high-quality settlement services. This includes approaches leveraging technology, increasing employer involvement and building the capacity of the sector. 









Pivot to Digital: Stories of Digital Transformation

November 5th (Thurs) | 10:30 - 11:45 am 

This online event will feature UBC alumni working in various unique industries around the globe. Hear how their organizations have undertaken a digital pivot and transformed their business model to accept – and embrace – this new world. 

How to Navigate The Workplace with Courage 

November 17th (Tues) | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

This webinar will explore ways to be resilient and navigate the workplace, its relationships, and tricky situations so that you can manage people and situations up, down, and across




CAVE Youth Employment Program Accepting Applications

The CAVE Youth Employment Program at Douglas College is now accepting new applications from young people aged 17-29 looking for paid work. Program starts on November 16, 2020 and is
100% Online! Earn bonuses of up to $650.

November Is Free Education Month at Small Business BC 

Small Business BC, alongside our partners WorkSafeBC, is pleased to announce November is FREE Education Month at SBBC. This means you can attend over 25 webinars, and Talk to the Expert sessions during this month – for FREE. Whether you are looking to start, grow a business, or build resiliency during COVID-19, our educational calendar for the month is stacked with informative and practical sessions that will put your business on the road to success.





Integrating Refugees into Labour Markets

Refugee migration has increased considerably since the Second World War, and amounts to more than 50 million refugees. Only a minority of these refugees seek asylum, and even fewer resettle in developed countries. At the same time, politicians, the media, and the public are worried about a lack of economic integration. Refugees start at a lower employment and income level, but subsequently “catch up” to the level of family unification migrants. However, both refugees and family migrants do not “catch up” to the economic integration levels of labor migrants. A faster integration process would significantly benefit refugees and their new host countries.








Collective Impact 3.0: Designing A Movement for Change

Join Tamarack Institute in a virtual workshop to learn about the pre-conditions and conditions of Collective Impact through community examples. Dive into Collective Impact 3.0 as a movement building strategy. This interactive workshop will take your collective impact work to the next level. Participants will be given tools and frameworks for building commitment and co-creating a compelling, shared strategy for change that can be used in both in-person and virtual environments. 









Webinar: How Can BC Become More Welcoming For Immigrants & Refugees?

Join a panel of UBC and community experts online on November 2nd at 12:00 pm as they discuss the barriers that exist for new Canadians and explore the ways that BC and Canada can better support these individuals and families. 





Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Families Through Home Visiting 

This brief highlights strategies adopted by some US states and counties to support immigrant & refugee families by looking at four case studies: King County, Washington; San Diego County, California; Illinois; and Massachusetts. Working with different populations and in varied funding environments, these state and local efforts illustrate key steps policymakers and program administrators can take to boost the equity and quality of home visiting services for immigrant families. 





The Role of Post-Secondary Institutions in Building International Student Resilience

International students are key pillars of Canada’s education and immigration policy, and are aligned with Windsor-Essex region’s efforts to develop and diversify. The Building Migrant Resilience in Cities- Immigration et résilience en milieu urbain (BMRC-IRMU) Partnership and the Windsor City Network convened the first of a series of public forums in January 2020, examining international education, immigration and nation-building. 




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