Tri-Cities LIP Connects Newsletter - November 2022
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Tri-Cities LIP Connects E-Newsletter November 2022
We bring community leaders, organizations, and newcomers together to build welcoming & inclusive communities in the Tri-Cities.

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 | Newcomer Settlement | Career Resources |
 Civic Engagement & Volunteer Opportunities | Research & News Publications
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Remembrance Day - Friday November 11, 2022

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states, including Canada, since the end of the First World War to honour and remember the armed forces members who have died in the line of duty and those who served. In Canada, November 11 is officially called Remembrance Day, but it is also known as Armistice Day and Poppy Day. To learn more about the history and tradition of Remembrance Day, visit the Government of Canada website here. In addition to wearing red poppies, some also choose to wear a white poppy flower on Remembrance Day to commemorate the civilians casualties in wars and as a symbol for peace. Click here to read about the origin of wearing white poppy flowers.

There will be memorial parades and ceremonies in the Tri-Cities as well. Visit the city website to learn more about local events on November 11th: City of Coquitlam | City of Port Coquitlam | City of Port Moody




The Fall Coquitlam Library Programs & Events Guide is now Available for the Public

Coquitlam Library's Fall Library Programs & Events Guide is now out. There are plenty of upcoming programs, events, and initiatives for all ages and language levels. The Programs and Events Guide includes program information for: 
  • Newcomer support programs and English learning classes
  • Career and employment skills workshops
  • Virtual book club
  • "Life Stories" speaker series
  • Technology and STEM classes
  • Children and babies' story time programs
  • Homework Help Club





Coquitlam Library Life Stories: Speaker Series

November 1, 8, 15, 22 | Coquitlam Library City Centre Branch
Join the Library in this speaker series with people from diverse backgrounds sharing their stories. The best way for Canadians to build a better future for all is to understand and appreciate everyone’s past & present. Event is free, registration required.


Film Screening: Persepolis

Thu, November 10 | 7:30pm | Inlet Theatre, Port Moody Film Society
Based on the graphic novels by the Franco-Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, it is a gripping story of what it is like to grow up as a girl during the Islamic Revolution.  from a lonely imaginative child into an adult, and to find this internal tumult matched by geo-political upheaval. Persepolis is an emotionally powerful, dramatically enthralling autobiographical gem. Tickets sold at the door


Immigrant Professionals Conference | MOSAIC BC

Sat, November 26 | 8:30am-4:00pm | UBC Robson Square
MOSAIC's annual Immigrant Professionals Conference will be taking place this year in-person. Listen to motivational speakers, participate in discussions, learn from experiences, and create a new improved you! Your ticket includes: All day admission, opportunity to meet top professional immigrants, award winning keynote speakers, access to exhibitors, and BC‘s Top Employer panel




Community Health Corner

Cervix Self-Screening Kit Now Available in the Tri-Cities | BC Cancer Agency

There's a new way to screen for cervical cancer that you can do yourself. It can be done anywhere you feel safe and comfortable.
The Cervix Self-Screening is now available to people with a cervix, including women and transgender people who: live in the Tri-Cities, are due for a Pap test, and between the ages of 25 to 69 years old. 


Health Survey: Alcohol Use Across B.C.

The Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice is conducting a survey to better understand the healthcare experiences of patients who drink alcohol across B.C. Health care providers are working to reduce the fear of judgement & stigma and improve access for people in the Tri-Cities community. Feedback will help identify barriers & opportunities for improvement. This survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

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The Canadian Immigrant Fair is Coming to Vancouver

Thu, November 3, 2022 | 10:00am - 3:00pm | Vancouver Convention Centre | Free admission, but registration is required
It is a free, one-stop event connecting newcomers with information and inspiration on the three pillars of immigrant success: CAREERS. EDUCATION. SETTLEMENT. The fair offers a dynamic environment for immigrants who need support as they look for jobs, go back to school and settle into their new home. What you‘ll find at the fair include: hiring employers and recruiters looking for workers, career tips and coaching, English language help, immigration and settlement help, small business resources, and much more.




Immigrants Couples Group
(English, Mandarin 中文)

Sat. (6 sessions) | 2:00pm-3:30pm | Online
This group is designed for couples who are looking for strategies and tools to enhance their relationships or experiencing challenges in their relationships. Live Mandarin interpretation available. Learn skills & strategies to manage stress in marital relationships; Navigate the culture and society of Canada; Connect with other newcomer couples.

Contact Dorian Huang from MOSAIC for questions and registration. Email:
Phone: 236-521-7092

English as an Additional Language Virtual Book Club

Mon, November 14 & December 12 | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Online
Are you interested in joining a book club dedicated to English language learners? Join the Coquitlam Library Virtual Book Club for their monthly gatherings and discover the joys of meeting online to talk about books!

To sign up, please send your email to Ann Johannes at




Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation Workshops

November 21-25 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Registration Required by November 18 | Online 
Studying to become a Canadian Citizen? Join MOSAIC for in-depth workshop and improve your knowledge of Canadian history, government, regions, and more. There are 4 sessions, which will cover Canadian history, Canada's government system, Canadian symbols & regions, and how to access the online citizenship test. 

English Language Test Preparation For CELPIP & CAEL 

Thu, December 15 | 6:30pm-7:30pm | Registration required | Online 
Are you planning to take an English language Test? Join Coquitlam Library to learn about CELPIP and CAEL language tests. CELPIP is for immigration and professional designations while CAEL is for admission to post-secondary and professional designations. This is a free online information session but registration required. 

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Google My Business: Digital Tools to Brand & Market your Business | Coquitlam Library

Tue, November 8 | 11:30am-2:00pm | Registration required | Online
Join Coquitlam Library's new professional development series to learn the tools used to build a logo and create a style guide, navigate social media platforms from a business perspective, and learning about social media ethics, privacy, and customer experience.





Self-Care & Mindfulness Practices to Manage Workplace Stress | ISS of BC

Wed,  November 9 | 1:00pm-2:30pm | Registration required | Online
Consider the impact stress has in modern-day life and then discover several ways you can use self-care and mindfulness to manage stress and build a healthier lifestyle. Mindfulness techniques involving stillness, action, creativity, spirituality, and other methods will be discussed.





Cybersecurity Analyst Diploma Program

Application due by November 14th | Program starts November 28th
This 30-week program delivered in partnership with Canadian College of Technology and Business (CCTB), will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter roles such as systems security planner, internet systems administrator, computer network manager, and network administrator. Only 20 seats available.




SHARE Family & Community Services Society is Hiring: Family Counsellor - Regular, Full Time

The Family Counsellor is responsible for case management and providing outreach support to children and their families referred by the Ministry for Children and Families. This position is 35-hours per week and will require the use of one’s vehicle to work with clients at a variety of locations. The primary job duties & responsibilities include:
  • Assist families to respond to crisis and provide strength-based outreach counselling; and
  • Assist families to be proactive in order to respond to the child/youth in their care
Application deadline is November 9th, 2022Forward resume & cover letter stating "posting #2022-040" to Jacquelyn Currie, Supervisor of Child & Family Services |

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5 Tips for Recognizing and Dealing with Online Hate, by Equitas

According to the United Nations, online hate is defined as “any kind of communication in speech, writing or behavior, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, color, descent, gender or [any] other identity factor.” It is hard to estimate the psychological damage that results from online hate, since it is hard to see people’s reactions and nonverbal behavior online. 





Municipal Election Results

Municipal (local) elections were  held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 and official results are now available to the public. Follow the links below to see who are the new and returning elected representatives in your city. This includes Mayors, City Councilors, and School Board Trustees: 
• City of Coquitlam Results
• City of Port Coquitlam Results
• City of Port Moody Results
• Village of Anmore Results
• Village of Belcarra Results





Youth Volunteer Opportunity with the Coquitlam Library Teen Advisory Council

Looking for somewhere to volunteer? Join the Teen Advisory Council to help plan programs and events for families and youth, and to provide guidance on Library services. New members are always welcome. Members earn community service hours. For more information, email Chris Miller at





Volunteer as a Snow Angel this Winter | City of Coquitlam

Winter can be difficult and isolating time for seniors and those with mobility or accessibility concerns. The City of Coquitlam is actively recruiting volunteer Snow Angels, neighbours who can lend a helping hand this winter by assisting those who are unable to clear their City sidewalks. Snow Angels can be anyone who wishes to volunteer to help make the City‘s sidewalks safer for those in need.

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Record share of Canadians are immigrants or permanent residents | Vancouver Sun

Atlantic provinces see rapid growth in immigration, Census figures show| CBC News

More newcomers in B.C. are choosing to live outside Metro Vancouver, latest census data shows | CBC News

International students welcome unlimited work rules — and hope they stick around | CBC News

Metro Vancouver tops list of non-religious big cities in North America | Vancouver Sun

Record immigration no cure-all for B.C.‘s labour woes | Business in Vancouver




The Challenges of Settlement and Integration: Exploring Canada‘s Response to Venezuelan Migration | Toronto Metropolitan University 

Teitiota v New Zealand, Climate Migration and Nonrefoulement:
A Case Study of Canada‘s Obligations under the Charter and the ICCPR | Dalhousie Law

It‘s Not As Easy as They Say:
International Students‘ Perspectives About Gaining Canadian Work Experience | Journal of Career Development

The Future of Immigrant-Serving Agencies in Ontario: Meeting the Challenges of Hybrid Service Delivery | York University




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