[JAN] Tri-Cities Community Events, Newcomer Jobs and Settlement Resource & More
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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, January 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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Growing Together: Inclusive Mentorship Program

We have recently launched the Growing Together: Inclusive Mentorship pilot program. This project is a partnership between the City of Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership (TCLIP), and it aims to increase the professional growth of the City of Coquitlam's mentors and mentees from equity-deserving backgrounds through an inclusive mentorship program.

Mentors will be able to support individuals from equity-deserving backgrounds by sharing their professional experiences and perspectives. While mentees will receive support on how to navigate their career journeys, have a better understanding of how the government sector operates, build connections and grow their professional networks. This project will be rooted in solidarity and a caring approach in which mentors and mentees will support each other to strengthen their leadership abilities and increase their professional growth.

  • Increase participants’ confidence by growing their networks and perspectives.
  • Strengthen mentees’ skills by giving them the opportunity to better understand the context of the government sector and the Canadian job market in general while also increasing their ability to identify professional paths.
  • Advancing the City of Coquitlam EDI commitments by building a bridge between City staff and professionals from equity-deserving backgrounds who face systemic barriers to meaningful employment.

  • Mentees must be able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per month for 4 months. Details of the engagement will be decided between mentor and mentee.
  • This is not an employment program.
  • English proficiency level: CLB 6+ recommended.
  • This is a pilot program with limited spots available.
Registration for the mentorship program is now open, and the deadline to submit applications is Sunday, January 14th, 2024.

For more details about the mentorship program and submitting your application, please click here.





Charting the Journey: Strengthening Early Years Support Systems

Tue, February 6| 12:00pm - 3:30pm| Evergreen Cultural Center

Calling all Tri-Cities-based service providers: spend an afternoon with us exploring the barriers and service gaps families experience in accessing services; strengthening referral pathways between maternal, early years, and mental health services; and learning culturally appropriate strategies to enhance service provider-client relationships!

Meet and connect with AIS BC, BabyGoRound, Douglas College, Family Smart, Fraser Health, Kinsight, Westcoast Family Centres, YMCA BC, and other community services helping families living in the Tri-Cities!

The event is free to attend, and a light lunch and refreshments are included. Pre-registration is required to attend, so register now!

Register here!





Healthy Brain

Tue, January 30| 6:00pm - 7:00pm| Online

Join the Coquitlam Public Library to learn strategies to maintain or improve your brain health with the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia and the Library. Over half a million Canadians are living with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia. It is never too soon or too late to make changes for your brain health. Learn different strategies to maintain or improve your brain health.

Register here!





Get Artistic in January - 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!

Start 2024 by creating a reading goal with your family! Borrow some books and read with your family on these cold winter nights. Submit a story of your family’s favorite book(s) and why for a chance to win this month's prize by January 31, 2024.

For more information on how to participate in the challenge, download a copy of the booklet. Stay tuned for February's activity challenge!

For more information on how to participate in the challenge, download a copy of the booklet. Stay tuned for February's activity challenge!




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Small Business Tour 

Sat, January 20| 10:30am - 12:00pm| Online

Thinking of starting a small business? Already running a business, but need more information? Join the Vancouver Public Library in this virtual workshop to learn where to find help with small business planning, market research, financial assistance and more.

Register here!





How to Find Work in Canada

Tue, January 16| 10:00am - 12:00pm| Online

If you are new to Canada and want to start working, join ISS of BC in this virtual workshop to learn:

  • How to get started looking for work.
  • What you need to know to look for work.
  • How to be successful in finding meaningful work. and retaining your job.

For registration please contact noel.soares@issbc.org




Networking and the Hidden Job Market

Tue, January 23| 10:30am - 12:30pm| Online

Join the Vancouver Public Library in this virtual workshop to learn how you can use networking to your advantage when searching for a job or advancing in your career. Discover practical networking strategies, both virtual and in person, that can help you find meaningful employment in your desired career path.





Career Prep Workshop - Job Interviews

Wed, January 24| 2:00pm - 3:30pm| Online

Do you feel your interview skills are stopping you from getting the right job? Join the Coquitlam Public Library and WorkBC Center in this online presentation to learn how to prepare for job interviews. You will 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!




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English Learners' Book Club

Do you love books and want to practice your English? Join the Port Moody Public Library and SHARE Family & Community Services to read and discuss a book written for adult learners together. This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced learners.

  • Tuesdays, January 16 to February 27, 1:00 - 2:30 pm OR
  • Wednesdays, January 17 to February 28, 2:00 - 3:30 pm.

How to register:
  • English Learners' Book Club is a seven-week program, held every Wednesday from January 17 to February 28.
  • Register once for all seven meetings.
  • Please choose only one book club: Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
  • You will get your book club book at the first meeting.

Register here!





VoiceStory - Three Skills that will Help you Become an Effective Communicator

Wed, January 24| 6:30pm - 8:00pm| Coquitlam Public Library (City Center Branch - Room 127)

Join the Coquitlam Public Library to make new friends and learn social skills at the VoiceStory: Conversation and Connection sessions. The VoiceStory social events are about putting away cell phones and taking a moment to be with yourself and other community members, then having time to practice how to have a conversation.

If you have thoughts and feelings of being disconnected, uncertain of what to say, what to talk about, not wanting to go alone, “this is just another networking event…” or a multitude of other reasons… please understand that all of this has been kept in mind in the creation of these social events for you.

For more information, click here!

Register here!





Navigating Health Care System in BC, Canada & the Resources

Thu, January 11 |1:30pm - 3:30pm| Online

Join ISS of BC in this Zoom webinar in Farsi to find out what you need to know about the health care system in BC & the available resources. 

To register and get the webinar link, please contact Mojgan

T: 778-372-6544
Email: mojgan.heydarpour@issbc.org





Disability Benefits Free online Workshop  

Fri, January 19| 11:00am - 12:30pm| Online

Join ISS of BC's disability benefits workshop in Farsi to learn about:

  • PWD benefits, Provincial and federal CPPD benefits. 
  • DTC (disability tax credit).
  • RDSP (registered disability savings plan).

Register here!




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English Conversation Circle Facilitator

ISS of BC is looking for a volunteer to facilitate its English Conversation Circle events. This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in giving back to the society and gaining experience as an ESL teacher.

When & Where
  • Late January to April, 2024.
  • Friday or Thursday mornings or afternoons.
  • Online via Zoom.

  • Be fluent in English.
  • Be able to plan 1-hour lessons for newcomers with different topics.
  • Be capable of facilitating a small online groups every week.
  • Can commit to 1 hour of tutoring for 3 months every week.

If interested, please contact Mary Akbari:

T: 604-653-6592
Email: mary.akbari@issbc.org




Library Champions Project

The Library Champions Project (LCP) is a three-month volunteer program for new immigrants.

During the project, Library Champions are trained to conduct outreach to other new immigrants. The LCP’s four training sessions focus on building communication, presentation, and outreach skills and on gaining an understanding of the range of programs, services, and resources that are provided by libraries and immigrant and community service agencies.

To register to become a Library Champion and to hear what past Library Champions say about the project, please check out the following links:




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For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit www.tricitieslip.ca

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