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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, December 2023
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 are excited to announce that we are launching 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

Charting the Journey: Strengthening Early Years Support Systems aims to explore the importance of culturally appropriate services and strengthen maternal, early years, and mental health networks. The event is open to all Tri-Cities-based service providers. Although the event is free to attend, pre-registration is required.

Register here!





Field Trip to the Lights at Lafarge Lake

Thu, December 7| 5:00pm -6:00pm

Come and join ISS of BC for a walk & talk around the beautiful Lafarge Lake to enjoy the magical lights display.

Meeting point: 136-3030 Lincoln Ave., Coquitlam

For inquiries, please email Mary Akbari at Mary.akbari@issbc.org

Register here!





Seniors Holiday Tea

Wed, December 13| 1:30pm - 3:00pm| Poirier Nancy Bennett Room

Join the Coquitlam Public Library to celebrate the holiday season. We have a fun time planned, filled with treats, prizes and entertainment! Please register for the event but if you want to drop in, that's okay as well

Register here!





Get Artistic in December - 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!

Brighten your winter nights by visiting Lafarge Lake‘s free, outdoor light display with your family! Submit a drawing of your family's favourite lights and share what you & your family did to stay warm for a chance to win this month's prize by December 31, 2023.

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




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Workplace Soft Skills

Thu, December 7| 10:00 am - 12:00 pm| Online.

Join ISS of BC and take your career to the next level with this Workplace Soft Skills workshop, and learn practical skills on:

• Building relationship at work
• Adapting to changes in the workplace
• Giving and receiving feedback that match Canadian culture
• Understanding your Employment rights

Register here!





Interview Skills: Getting Ready and Answering the Commonly Asked Questions

Mon, December 11| 3:00pm -4:30pm| Online

Join the Vancouver Public Library in this virtual workshop to learn how to prepare for interviews in the Canadian workplace. The workshop will cover the necessary preparations before the interview, common interview questions, and the best ways to answer them! 

To register, please email bcsis@success.bc.ca





Creating Effective Resumes

Tue, December 19| 2:00pm -3:30pm| Online

Do you want to learn the basics of writing effective Resumes? Join the Coquitlam Public Library and Work BC for this online free career workshop, where you'll learn:

  • The purpose of an effective Resume
  • The different types of Resumes
  • Strategies to make your Resume attractive to potential employers.
  • A WorkBC Employment Specialist will present on these key points and share quick tips to create a winning Resume!

This tutorial will be offered by using Zoom. All job-seekers are welcome, but registration is required. this workshop using Zoom.

Register here!




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Information Session Registration: Women’s Facilitation & Leadership Training Program

Fri, December 8 |10:00am - 11:00am| Online

Are you interested in becoming a facilitator and helping other women in your community? Join ISS of BC's program to:

  • Learn how to facilitate support groups for immigrant and refugee women
  • Learn about community resources, benefits, and Canadian systems
  • Get connected with other women and share your experience

Join ISS of BC for an information session to learn more about this program:
  • What is support group facilitation
  • What you will learn
  • Benefits of becoming a facilitator
  • How to apply!

To register for the info session, please click here!





Arabic Women's Peer Support Group

Fri, December 8 |12:30 pm - 2:30pm| ISS of BC Welcome Centre

Join ISS of BC's Arabic Women's Peer Support Group to:
  • Learn about Canadian Culture
  • Make new friends
  • Share your experiences
  • Gather information on services and resources

Snacks, transit tickets, and childminding provided.

For more information and registration, please click here!





How to Apply for Canadian Citizenship - Farsi 

Thu, December 21 |1:00 pm - 3:00pm| In Person and Online

Join ISS of BC to learn how to apply for Canadian citizenship. In this event, you will learn more about the requirements, eligibility, and process of Canadian citizenship. 

For registration, please contact Helia:
Tel: 778-372-6525
Email: helia.Arefkia@issbc.org




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Farsi or Cantonese Interpreter for Client Service Delivery

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. BC Settlement and Integration Services (BCSIS) is looking for volunteer interpreters who can speak Farsi, or Cantonese to support in-person client appointments. BCSIS is a settlement service delivered by S.U.C.C.E.S.S. to support temporary residents and naturalized citizens to settle and integrate into the community. By removing language barriers, BCSIS clients can integrate better into everyday life.

Work Location (Virtual and/or In-person):
  • VANCOUVER SUCCESS Office 28 W Pender St Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3
  • RICHMOND SUCCESS Office 8171 Alexandra Rd #200, Richmond, BC V6X 1C3
  • COQUITLAM SUCCESS Office 1163 Pinetree Way #2058, Coquitlam, BC V3B 8A9 - Farsi
  • SURREY SUCCESS Office 10090 152 St #200, Surrey, BC V3R 6N7 

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide interpretation for SUCCESS staff during in-person appointments with Farsi or Cantonese clients
  • Settlement information resources / Form-filling services (Cantonese/Farsi)
  • Employment services: interpreting the concept of what a Canadian resume, cover letter and/or job search is (Farsi)

For more information about qualifications, eligibility, and application, please click here!

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.

10 Reasons to Become a Library Champion
  • Discover amazing programs at your public library.
  • Learn about the services offered by community and immigrant serving agencies.
  • Build English communication & presentation skills.
  • Increase your confidence.
  • Help other new immigrants.
  • Give back to your community.
  • Learn about events & activities in your city.
  • Gain volunteer experience and references.
  • Learn about different cultures.
  • Make new friends.

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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