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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, July 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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World Wide Food Festival 2024

Sat, July 6| 11:00am - 7:00pm| Town Centre Park, Coquitlam, 1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7S4

Join Low Entropy Foundation for the 2024 World Wide Food Festival, a vibrant celebration of global cultures through a diverse array of cuisine and performances. This year‘s event is particularly exciting with an unprecedented participation of 24 food vendors representing a variety of culinary traditions. Attendees can look forward to sampling delicious dishes from Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Thailand, Greece, Vietnam, the Philippines, Persia, Ukraine, Poland, Lebanon, Mexico, Japan, and more. In addition to the savory and sweet delights, including ice creams, cotton candies, and a plethora of other sweets, the festival will also offer a selection of local non-alcoholic beverages.

Beyond the food, this event promises a rich tapestry of 14 cultural performances. Performances include: Indigenous Hoop and Jingle Dance, Traditional dances from the Philippines, Polynesia, South America, West Africa, and Mexico, Scottish Highland dancing, Chinese Academy Dance Group, A fiddler duo, and a group of talented newcomers will showcase cultural clothing from India, Iran, and China. There will also be a Hindi singer, traditional Iranian dance, and classic Chinese folk song and dance performances.

Visitors can also explore more than 65 market stalls featuring arts and crafts, service providers, clothing stalls including collaboration with Granville Flea – a vintage Pop-up market of 16 vendors.

The World Wide Food Festival is also offering a Kid‘s Zone packed with fun and excitement for the little ones. The Kid‘s Zone will feature bouncy castles, face painting, mascots, and an array of fun games and activities. These attractions are designed to ensure that children have a fantastic time and everyone leaves with lasting memories.

Join Low Entropy Foundation for a day filled with delicious food, vibrant performances, cultural immersion, and endless fun.





Fraud Prevention with PMPD

Wed, July 3| 7:00pm - 8:00pm| Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive Port Moody, B.C. V3H 5C3 (ParkLane Room)

Join the Port Moody Public Library and Port Moody Police Staff Sergeant Brad Sheridan to learn about fraud prevention. Frauds, scams, and identify theft are becoming more common, and affect adults of all ages. Join this session to learn about current fraud trends and get tips on how you can avoid being the victim of fraud. 

Register here!





Question, Persuade and Refer: Suicide Prevention Education

Mon, July 8| 6:00pm - 8:00pm| Online

Join Fraser Health in this presentation to learn about suicide intervention and prevention and how you can help save a life. In this session, you will learn how 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!





Camping 101

Thu, July 18| 2:00pm - 3:00pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Branch - Room 127)

Join the Coquitlam Public Library for an information session to discover how easy and enjoyable camping can be. Parks Canada‘s Learn to Camp team will guide you on packing necessities for a front-country camping experience. This family-friendly event will teach you everything you need to pack so you will feel prepared for the trip ahead.

Topics include camping basics, how to plan your trip, what to bring, camp cooking, and wildlife safety.

Register here!





Coquitlam Pride Festival

Sat, July 20| 12:00pm - 5:00pm| Evergreen Cultural Center, 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3

Join Tri-Cities Pride Society for Coquitlam's second annual Pride Festival. This year, Tri-Cities Pride Society is partnering with the Evergreen Cultural Centre and the City of Coquitlam to bring an all-ages parade and festival celebrating the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

The festival will take place at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and the new Town Centre Park Community Centre on the shores of Lafarge Lake. There will be a fantastic lineup of performers, including music overlooking the park and workshops in the Evergreen Studio. All events are free and family-friendly.

For more information, please click here.




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Re-credentialing Path with

Thu, July 4| 5:30pm - 6:30pm| Online

Join the Global Talent Loans Program at ISS of BC in this conversation with Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia to learn about transferring your international education and work experience in accounting and finance towards the CPA program and designation.

Register here!




Navigating the Canadian Workplace for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers

Fri, July 5| 12:00pm - 1:30pm| YWCA Cause We Care House, 2nd Floor, 720 E Hastings St, Vancouver

Are you a self-identifying LGBTQIA+ newcomer or refugee in Vancouver? Join the Believe Program at YWCA for a networking opportunity and workshop that will help you build the skills to be more confident communicating in interviews and at the workplace. In this workshop, you will: 

  • Practice communication skills in a group setting.
  • Build your confidence in professional communication.
  • Learn about Canadian workplace culture.
  • Connect with other LGBTQIA+ newcomers and build your peer network.

Register here!




Preparing for Interviews 

Thu, July 11| 2:00pm - 3:30pm| Online

Join the Coquitlam Public Library and WorkBC Center for an online presentation to learn how to prepare for job interviews. If you feel your interview skills are stopping you from getting the right job, join this presentation to learn basic strategies to answer interview questions. With the help of a career advisor, you will get information that will help you structure answers and place your skills at a higher level. All job seekers are welcome.

Register here!




Know Your Rights at Canadian

Thu, July 11| 5:30pm - 7:00pm| Online

Join the Global Talent Loans Program at ISS of BC for a workshop on how to understand the employment rights in Canada. The workshop will cover:

  • Rights in the workplace in BC.
  • Employment Standards Act & human rights law.
  • How to file a complaint to the BC Human Rights Tribunal.
  • Legal definition & examples of workplace sexual harassment.
  • Rights of individuals facing sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Overview of legal options and resources.

Register here!




How to Become an RCMP Officer 

Wed, July 17| 10:00am - 11:30am| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Branch - Room 127) or Online

Join the Tri-Cities Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for a hybrid workshop on how to become an RCMP officer. The content of this workshop includes:

  • RCMP introduction.
  • Requirements and expectations.
  • Training and benefits.
  • Job opportunities.
  • Recruiting process and preparation. 

Register here!




Learning to Optimize LinkedIn Profile

Wed, July 17| 1:00pm - 2:30pm| Online

Join ISS of BC and the Coquitlam Public Library for a workshop on how to effectively set up your LinkedIn profile and expand your professional network with effective job searching skills.

Register here!





Preparing your CV for PRA-BC

Thu, July 18| 10:00am - 11:00am| Online

Join Practice Ready Assessment – British Columbia (PRA-BC) for an online information session on preparing your CV for PRA-BC. This event is for internationally trained family physicians who have applied to the PRA-BC program, or who are considering applying soon. In this session, you will learn:

  • What to include (and what not to include) in your CV.
  • How to organize your CV to show how you meet the PRA-BC eligibility criteria.
  • When – and why – you should make revisions during the application process.

PRA-BC is a program for internationally trained physicians who have completed postgraduate training in family medicine outside of Canada. PRA-BC provides these family physicians with a pathway to licensure in British Columbia (BC), Canada. Candidates undergo a 12-week Clinical Field Assessment where their clinical skills are rigorously assessed. Those who successfully complete program requirements go on to fulfill a 3-year Return of Service (ROS) in a BC community of need.

Register here!




Becoming a Data Scientist in BC

Tue, July 23| 5:30pm - 6:30pm| Online

Join the Global Talent Loans Program at ISS of BC in this webinar to learn how to become a data
scientist in Canada. In this event, you will learn:

  • What does it take to become a Data Scientist in BC?
  • What are the different paths in Data Science?
  • How to break into the field as a newcomer in Canada?

Register here!




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Conversation & Connection

Mon, July 8 |6:30pm - 8:00pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Branch - Room 127)

Join the Coquitlam Public Library for a new Conversation and Connection session titled "Unlock Better Listening: Enhance Every Conversation Effortlessly." 

Conversation and Connection sessions are designed to teach you some fundamental skills of effective communication and also provide a safe, friendly space to practice these skills so that you can have more meaningful conversations and create deeper connections with others. This is an advanced communication workshop to help you become a more effective communicator as you continue attending each session.

Register here!





How To Increase Your Chances of Employment as a New Immigrant - Mandarin

Tue, July 16 |10:00am - 11:30am| Online

Join S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for a webinar on how to increase your chances of employment as a new immigrant to Canada. The content for this webinar include: 

  • Growing your professional network in Canada.
  • Networking opportunities and programs.
  • How volunteering can help your career and how to start.
  • Resources for volunteer opportunities.

Register here!





Sponsoring Your Family  

Sat, July 20 |6:00pm - 7:30pm| Online

Join ISS of BC in collaboration with St. Mary's Migrant Ministry for a webinar on family sponsorship. In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Different types of Family Sponsorship.
  • Eligibility to Sponsor.
  • Documents required, fees, and processing time.
  • Updates, if any.
  • Common Issues.

For registration, please contact Resochita Arma at resochita.arma@issbc.org or call: 778-554-2004.





Starting a Home Day Care Business - Korean

Tue, July 23 |2:00pm - 4:00pm| Online

Join the Tri-Cities Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for a workshop on starting a home day care business. The content of this workshop includes: 
  • Types of Day Care Business.
  • Eligibility & Application.
  • Starting a Home Day Care Business.

Register here!





Employees Legal Benefits in Canada - Farsi

Thu, July 25| 1:00am - 3:00pm| 258-3020 Lincoln Avenue, Coquitlam BC V3B 6B4 or online

Join ISS of BC for an information session to learn about employees legal benefits in Canada. This session will discuss:

  • What benefits can you claim from your employer?
  • Which benefits can your employer deny you?
  • What happens to your benefits if you leave your current job?
  • And many other issues.

For registration, please contact Helia Arefkia at Helia.Arefkia@issbc.org or call 778-372-6525.




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Digital Literacy Workshop Assistant

The Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program (ISIP) at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is currently recruiting volunteers to support its Digital Literacy workshops facilitated by its Digital Navigator. The key responsibilities for this position are:

  • Supporting the Digital Navigator via various formats, such as in-person workshops and online webinar settings.
  • Supporting the Digital Navigator to facilitate digital literacy skills learning and comfort level among clients using different applications (e.g. using Zoom, email, google maps, internet browsers).
  • Providing one-to-one help for digital literacy workshop/webinar clients who require extra support.
  • Providing informal first language interpretation support as needed.

For more information and application, please click here.

Volunteer at the Food Bank 

SHARE Family & Community Services Society is currently accepting volunteers to support its food bank activities. The Food Bank provides food hampers at the Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam SHARE Food Banks for those who are in need. Volunteers need to be over the age of 19. Most of the volunteer roles involve lifting, sorting food, and other activities. A minimum of 6-month commitment is preferred. 

If you are interested, please contact Krissie Sondles at krissie.sondles@sharesociety.ca or call 604.540.9161.









Certifications for Leadership in Cybersecurity

CLIC (Certifications for Leadership in Cybersecurity) is an intensive training and certification program designed to offer students the opportunity to earn two globally recognized GIAC certifications, gain career mentorship from leading cyber experts, and connect with major employers in the sector. CLIC is Canada's top dual certification program for rising cybersecurity professionals and is held in partnership with the SANS Institute, a world leader in cybersecurity training and certification.  

  • 6 months.
  • $16,500 + HST.
Delivery Method: 
  • Part-time, Virtual, Self-study.
Next Intake: 
  • October 2024.
  • SANS SEC275.
  • SANS SEC401.
  • Cybersecurity Professional Practice Course.
  • The GIAC Foundational Cybersecurity Technologies (GFACT).
  • The GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC).
Experiential Learning: 
  • CLIC students get hands-on experience in the Catalyst Cyber Range. With an array of real-world cyber-attack scenarios, Cyber Range offers an immersive and ultra-realistic experiential learning opportunity that will ensure you are well prepared.

For more information, please click here.
To apply for the CLIC, please click here. 




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