[May] Tri-Cities Community Events, Newcomer Jobs and Settlement Resource & More
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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, May 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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TCLIP's Resilience Blanket

Inspired by the Witness Blanket, the Resilience Blanket is a collective story of strength and the power of community. Similar to a patchwork quilt, each story shares unique perspectives on strengthening confidence, empathy & community. The images used for the Resilience Blanket were made by community members and families with lived immigration experience who now reside in the Tri-Cities. They participated in several workshops offered by the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Multicultural Early Childhood Development Program and Luna Aixin.

Over the past few years, the Tri-Cities has seen increased incidents of racism which impact many Indigenous and racialized communities‘ health and sense of belonging. The idea for the Resilience Blanket was developed in response to the community‘s desire to support our diverse communities in amplifying their voices, to remind them of the strength in building connections and community, and to engage everyone in dialogue. We believe that by sharing stories of hope and resilience, we can reflect on our own privileges and how we can play a role in advancing equity and inclusion for all. 

We encourage you to take the time to explore the stories, artwork and reflections on resilience represented in this interactive blanket.  As you click through the blanket sections, watch for the reflection questions and think about what they mean to you and how they relate to your and others‘ experiences.

To access the resilience blanket, please
click here.





Services Fair for Newcomers

Tue, May 7| 10:00am - 3:00pm| Evergreen Cultural Center 1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 7Y3

Join the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee in this Services Fair for Newcomers. This event is tailored for newcomers to Canada who may be uncertain about the array of services available to them.

This event is free, and no registration is required.





Archivist Talk

Wed, May 8| 6:30pm - 7:30pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Branch - Room 127)

Join the Coquitlam Public Library for an archivist talk. City Archivist Jamie Sanford will provide an overview of the archives collections and discuss some of the most popular research topics at the Archives. Jamie will also introduce the services and work archives does to ensure that the history of Coquitlam and Coquitlamites is well documented for future generations.

Register here!





Fraud Prevention with PMPD

Sat, May 11| 2:00pm - 3:00pm| 100 Newport Drive Port Moody, B.C. V3H 5C3 (ParkLane Room)

Join the Port Moody Public Library for a webinar about fraud prevention. Frauds, scams, and identity theft are becoming more common, and affect adults of all ages. In this event, Port Moody Police Staff Sergeant Brad Sheridan will talk about current fraud trends and tips on how you can avoid being the victim of fraud.

Register here!





Plant Swap 

Sat, May 11| 10:00am - 12:00pm| Coquitlam Public Library, Poirier Branch, 575 Poirier St, Coquitlam, BC V3J 6A9 (Poirier Nancy Bennett Room)

Join the Coquitlam Public Library in this plant swap activity. Bring your healthy indoor plants, propagations, cuttings, and bulbs to share and trade with others. Light refreshments and a door prize will be up for grabs. The City of Coquitlam's Park Spark team will be in attendance with informational resources about gardening and growing indoor plants. 

Register here!





Heat and Wildfire Smoke Safety Presentation

Wed, May 15| 6:30pm - 7:30pm| Terry Fox Library, 2150 Wilson Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 6J5

Join the Terry Fox Library for an informative presentation with Fraser Health on heat and wildfire smoke. The presentation will talk about how these can affect your health and how to stay safe during these conditions. Fraser Health will also share helpful resources available to you and your family. Don't miss this opportunity to learn, connect and take proactive steps toward a healthier tomorrow.

For more information, please
click here.





Red Dress Day

Sun, May 5| 1:00pm - 3:00pm| Hyack Square, New Westminster

Red Dress Day honours the memory and lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2-Spirit+ people across Canada and the US. Join the Spirit of Children Society on this day for public displays and Red Dress Day teachings. The event will include a ceremony hosted by the Spirit of Children Society and family-friendly activities. Free snacks and beverages will be available while supplies last.

For more information, please click here.





Combatting Racism: A Community Information Handbook

The Combatting Racism handbook is a resource compiled for the East and Southeast Asian communities who have been traumatized by anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to be the targets of racism and discrimination. The handbook brings together the needed information to help the communities know their rights, recognize the various forms of racism, and learn practical strategies to respond to racial discrimination, harassment, bullying and hate crimes. 

To access the handbook in English, please
click here.
To access the handbook in Chinese, please click here.





Black Education Fund 2024 Scholarship Applications

Apply now for the Black Education Fund scholarship program. The program is offering a total of 9 roster scholarships, each valued at up to $4000, along with 10 one-time bursaries of $500.

  • Three (3) roster scholarships and ten (10) bursaries available.
  • An additional two (2) roster scholarships are reserved for Black students within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
  • Additional four (4) are designated for those pursuing studies in mental health, health sciences, or sciences.

Don't miss this opportunity – applications open on May 1st, 2024, at 9 am and close on May 31st at 11:59 pm.

For more information, please
click here.




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Online Self-Paced Job Search Course

Thu, May 9| 1:00pm - 2:15pm| Online

Are you looking for work? Take an online job search course to learn about effective methods and strategies for your job search in Canada.  Join ISS of BC in this workshop to learn about this online course for newcomers.

Register here




Learning to Optimize LinkedIn Profile

Thu, May 16| 1:00pm - 2:30pm| Online

Join ISS of BC in this workshop to learn how to improve your LinkedIn profile and expand your professional network with effective job searching skills. 

Register here!




Job Search Strategies

Tue, May 21| 2:00pm - 3:30pm| Online

Join the Coquitlam Public Library for an online presentation to learn about job search strategies. Presented in partnership with WorkBC Centre. Job search can be overwhelming – where do you start? How do you focus your efforts? At this workshop, WorkBC will answer all those questions and more, by helping you set SMART goals in creative ways and exploring how to effectively manage your time. They‘ll also cover how to keep your motivation up and focus on how to get a job that‘s right for you!

Register here!




Career Café: Early Childhood Education in Canada

Thu, May 23| 1:30pm - 3:30pm| Online

Are you Interested in becoming an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) in Canada? Join ISS of BC for an  online mentoring session and gain valuable insights from an industry expert on how to start a career in Early Childhood Education in Canada.

Register here!





PRA-BC Application Process - Info Session

Thu, May 16| 10:00am - 11:15am| Online

Join PRA-BC for an information session where you will navigate the ins and outs of the PRA-BC application process, share compelling success stories, and address your questions. 

What to Expect:
  • Insider Insights: Dive deep into the PRA-BC application process with seasoned Physician Application Consultants.
  • Success Stories: Be inspired by the stories of physicians who have gone through the PRA-BC process and are now practicing independently in communities across BC.
  • Q&A Session: Have questions? Bring your queries, and start your PRA-BC journey.

Don't miss this chance to take the next step towards an exciting future as a fully licensed family physician in BC. Secure your spot now, and let the journey begin!

This session is available to:
  • Internationally trained family physicians who either have already immigrated to BC, or are considering immigrating.
  • Practitioners who are supporting newcomers to BC, who wish to learn more about the options available for newcomer family physicians.

Register here!




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Citizenship Test Preparation workshop Series - Farsi

Sat, May 4 |11:00am - 12:30pm| ISS of BC, 258-3020 Lincoln Ave, Coquitlam, or Online

Join ISS of BC for a workshop series that supports newcomers with preparation for the citizenship test in Farsi. The workshop will also take place on May 11th and 25th, and June 1st.

    Register here!





    Responsibilities of the Worker

    Sat, May 11 |1:30pm - 3:30pm| Online

    Are you new to working in Canada? 
    Join ISS of BC for an online workshop that is designed to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as an employee. It is essential to have this information to ensure your safety and happiness at work.

      Register here!





      Applying for Citizenship: Adults Only - Korean

      Wed, May 15| 10:00am - 12:00pm| ISS of BC, 258-3020 Lincoln Ave, Coquitlam, or Online

      Join ISS of BC for an online workshop in Korean on the application for citizenship. The contents of the workshop include:

      • Making sure you are eligible.
      • Required documents/history and form filing.
      • Important documents while living in Canada.

      Register here!





      Brave Spaces Speaker Series - Real World Love: An Interfaith Exchange

      Wed, May 15| 6:30pm - 8:00pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Branch - Rooms 136 & 137)

      Join the Coquitlam Public Library in this speaker series with people from diverse backgrounds sharing their stories. This series brings awareness of people who are from diverse groups and how everyone's story is different. The Interfaith Exchange fosters a better understanding of, and appreciation for, the different cultures, faiths, and individuals that make up the Canadian Mosaic. 

      A brave space is:
      • a supportive place where participants feel comfortable learning, sharing honestly and equally, and growing individually and together.
      • is inclusive of all races, sexes, genders, abilities, immigration statuses, languages, and lived experiences.
      • can help encourage dialogue, especially about challenging topics like anti-racism.

      There will be time for questions from the audience. Registration is recommended for each session, but drop-ins are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

      Register here!









      Local Statistics for the LGBTQ+ Community in the Tri-Cities

      The 2023 Youth Development Index indicates that about 23% of youth in the Coquitlam school district identify as 2SLGBTQ+, which is almost one in four. In addition, about 4% of youth in grade 11 indicated their gender as either nonbinary or “in an-other way” (encompassing a variety of gender expansive identities). These statistics show that the local LGBTQ+ population is certainly not small!
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      Front Desk Assistant

      The Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program (ISIP) at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is currently looking for a Front Desk Assistant to perform the following responsibilities:

      • Front Desk support.
      • Greeting walk-in clients and visitors.
      • Answering phone, directing calls.
      • Helping clients register for workshops, classes or events.
      • Promoting programs and services.
      • Assisting Program Assistants with administrative tasks when needed.

      If you speak Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Arabic, or Ukrainian, consider applying for this volunteer position.

      For more information about qualifications, time commitment, and application, please
      click here.

      Empower Home 

      The Low Entropy Foundation is currently looking for enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to support them in person to operate their thrift store in Port Coquitlam. You will perform a wide range of duties from customer service to sorting donations and organizing the store. Low Entropy asks volunteers to commit to a minimum of one shift per week. Shifts are usually about 4 hours in length.

      Shifts available:
      • Monday to Friday: 9am-1pm; 1pm-5pm; 5pm-8:30pm.
      • Saturday to Sunday: 10am-2pm; 2pm-6:30pm.

      • Providing customer service.
      • Greeting customers when they arrive and support them.
      • Processing payments via cash or the square terminal.
      • Receiving and sorting donations.
      • Checking merchandise for quality and condition.
      • Organizing, merchandising, and hanging clothing
      • Taking pictures and pricing clothes and items.
      • Supporting with the promotion of the store and encouraging donation.

      For more information and application, please click here.








      Reimagining Career Services - Mid-Career Transitions 

      The Reimagining Career Services program at Douglas College is an opportunity for you to take your next career step by joining one of the few fully-funded programs in the country for mid-career employed Canadians. Continue working while experiencing this innovative career coaching framework.

      Courses are offered online one evening per week and/or weekends and include:
      • Personality Dimensions.
      • Managing Career Transitions.
      • Dependable Strengths.
      • Financial Management.
      • Presenting Your Values.
      • Networking and Mentorship.

      Participants also receive one-to-one career counselling with certified career coaches to understand their contexts and opportunities. 

      For more information, please
      click here!

      Moms First

      Moms First at Low Entropy Foundation is a program that is dedicated to empowering resilient single mothers by providing comprehensive support aimed at securing a stable, prosperous future for them and their children. This program is a community pledge to uplift single mothers through holistic support and empowerment.

      The aspects this program focuses on include:
      • Building support networks.
      • Improved housing.
      • Enhanced Employment Opportunities.
      • Mental Health and Well-being.
      • Life Skills, Training, and Education.

      For more information and application, please click here.









      Canada Here and Now - Podcast

      Canada Here and Now is a podcast in Spanish that shares real stories of migrants to inspire others in their own journey. The podcast aims to motivate those facing the challenges of moving to a new country. Whether you're seeking inspiration and considering migration or already in Canada, this podcast is for you. 

      This podcast showcases how newcomers can take the lead in Canada by initiating endeavors aimed at addressing the challenges of adapting to a new country. It also delves into their most significant personal experiences and sheds light on the obstacles immigrants and refugees encounter along their journey.

      To listen to this podcast, please
      click here.




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