[NOV] Tri-Cities Community Events, Newcomer Jobs and Settlement Resource & More
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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, November 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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Filling the Gaps: TCLIP Community Forum

Thu, November 30| 10:00am-2:30pm| Evergreen Cultural Center

Join us to learn from two research projects on the local settlement sector trends and explore ways to improve services for newcomers.  

  • Explore an alternative funding approach that could lead to more effective service delivery with the Tri-Cities Community-Based Planning Project. 
  • Discover the needs and challenges of LGBTQIA+ newcomers in the Tri-Cities and how settlement services can become more inclusive. 
  • Connect with other service providers in the community to network and collaborate by adding your voice.  

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

Register here!





Growing Together: TCLIP Employment Forum

Sat, December 2| 10:00am-1:00pm| Coquitlam City Hall

Join us for inclusive mentorship, networking and learning opportunities about the job market.  

  • Mentorship: learn from mentors, mentees and HR professionals how inclusive mentorship can support your professional growth.   
  • Networking: join seasoned professionals in conversations that will help you build connections and grow your professional networks.  
  • Navigating the job market: learn directly from professionals how to navigate the local job market in a series of workshops.  

Special Event: How to Network Workshop

Tue, November 28| 6:00pm-7:00pm| Online

Networking has earned a bad reputation for seeming transactional, forced, or inauthentic. Is it possible to network without the stress? Join the Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership on this online special event to discover strategies to put your best self forward without losing yourself in the process.

These 2 event are free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

Register for both events here!





Trauma-Informed Practices in Your Role

Learn 5 principles to create safer and more inclusive spaces. 

Click here!

Anti-Oppression in Program Design

Learn 3 Anti-Oppressive Practices to design more inclusive programs.

Click here!





Climate Action for Sustainable Future

Tue, November 7| 6:00pm - 8:30pm| City Centre Branch - Room 136 and 137

Join the Coquitlam Public Library for engaging documentary screenings that explore the urgent need for climate action for a sustainable future.
There will be a 30-minute discussion following the screening. Narrated by Academy Award® winning actress Kate Winslet, this powerful documentary showcases how simple changes to the way we eat can help halt catastrophic climate change and restore our planet.

The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, please click here!





Your Art Your Reflections: Multiculturalism, Diversity and Anti-Racism Art Exhibit

Thu, November 9| 11:00am -12:30pm| Place Des Arts

Join the Your Art Your Reflections: Multiculturalism, Diversity and Anti-Racism Art Exhibit, hosted by the Asian Impact Society.  This will be an opportunity for you to check out and vote on all the artworks by local artists. This exhibition and contest will be presented in the Atrium at Place Des Arts from September 8 to November 9, 2023, and viewable online from September 15 to November 9, 2023. 

This exhibition is free to apply, to view, to enjoy and to learn! For more information and voting, please click here!

There will also be a wrap up event on Nov 5 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at Place Des Arts, admission by donation but registration is required. To register, please click here!





Global Entrepreneurship Week – Demo Day

Thu, November 16| 11:30am - 5:00pm| 2610 Victoria DR., Vancouver, BC

Explore a World of Entrepreneurial Opportunities at ISS of BC's Grand Demo Day Event. See entrepreneurs in action as they show their businesses, hear success stories from program alumni, and check out a wide range of innovative products and services. 

Why attend?
  • Gain valuable market insights
  • Expand your network with other entrepreneurs
  • Discover unique business opportunities
  • Get inspired to start your entrepreneurial journey
  • Don’t miss this great chance to immerse yourself in the local entrepreneurial community, learn about new market trends, and start your entrepreneurial spirit.

Register here!





Build a Career in Health & Senior Care

Wed, November 8 |1:00pm-3:30pm| ISS of BC Welcome Centre

The demand for health and senior care is continuously growing. Join  ISS of BC in this event to learn about various roles in healthcare including Senior Living Homes and Home Health. In this event, you will meet with employers and explore the opportunities in the sector for various positions, including:

  • Companionship roles
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Kitchen Staff
  • Housekeeping and Maintenance
  • Recreation Assistants
  • LPN‘s RN‘s

Register here, and remember to bring your resume!





Trivia Night

Thu, November 30| 7:00pm -8:00pm| Online

Join the Coquitlam Public Library staff in a fun night of trivia! This is a special event focused on fictional villains. This program will be offered using Zoom.  

Register here!





Tri-Cities Shelter (October 2023 - April 2024)

Pick-up locations:
  •  Lincoln Skytrain Station / Coquitlam Library on Northern Street
  •  North side of Kingsway Ave at Jane Street (Bus Stop)
  • South corner of Pheasant Dr & Christmas Way (Behind Superstore)

Pick-up starts 8:45pm • Drop off at 7:00am.





Get Artistic in November - 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!

This month, spend time with your family playing games! Children can learn communication skills, problem-solving, teamwork, and how to be a good sport. Submit a photo or drawing of your favourite board game for a chance to win this month's prize by November 30, 2023!

For more information on how to participate in the challenge, Download a copy of the Booklet. Stay tuned for December's activity challenge!

This initiative is part of the Tri-Cities Wrap Around Model of Care for Mental Health in Immigrant Families project. For more information about this project please click here!




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Free Career Counselling: MOSAIC Career Paths Info Session

Thu, November 16| 10:00 am - 11:30 am| Location to be determined.

Unlock your career potential in Canada with MOSAIC‘s Career Paths Information Session! If you‘re a skilled immigrant seeking opportunities in Canada and possess qualifications and experience in accounting, marketing, advertising, public relations, or business consulting, this event is tailor-made for you. The Career Paths program is meticulously designed to offer advanced-level support encompassing language enhancement, comprehensive career planning, and financial guidance. MOSAIC's mission is to assist skilled newcomers like you in not only securing a job but also finding one that perfectly aligns with your pre-arrival credentials, all while gaining valuable Canadian work experience.

For more information and registration, please click here or contact careerpaths@mosaicbc.org.





Career Fair and Networking Skills

Tue, November 21| 10:00am -2:00pm| Online

Looking for strategies to stand out in career fairs and networking events with employers? Join this workshop hosted by ISS of BC to learn about:

  • What to expect at the job fair and what do you need to bring
  • How to present yourself when meeting employers at the job fair
  • Effective networking strategies to help you land your next interview and job offer

For inquiry, contact vivian.zhao@issbc.org.

Register here!





Pre-Employment Skills for Newcomers - Cover Letters

Tue, November 21| 1:00pm -3:00pm| Online

Are you looking for work? Do you need to write a cover letter and don't know how to begin? Join the Coquitlam Public Library's and ISS of BC's Job Quest in this online presentation about writing cover letters. Everyone is welcome to attend. This will be an opportunity for you to learn simple but important strategies for writing powerful cover letters that will capture the attention of hiring managers. 

Registration is required. The Library will be offering this tutorial using Zoom.

Register here!





Job Search Strategies

Thu, November 23| 2:00pm -3:30pm| Online

Job search can be overwhelming – where do you start? How do you focus your efforts? Join this online presentation by the Coquitlam Public Library and Work BC Center to learn about job search strategies. The workshop will help you set SMART goals in creative ways and explore how to effectively manage your time. You will also learn how to keep your motivation up and focus on how to get a job that‘s right for you!

Registration is required. The Library will be offering this workshop using Zoom.

Register here!




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Conversations about Race in BC - Allyship

Wed, November 8 |6:30pm - 8:00pm| City Centre Branch - Room 136 and 137

Join the Coquitlam Public Library in this 5-part speaker series with people from diverse backgrounds sharing their stories. 

The session on November 8 will focus on Allyship. Anyone coping with the burden of racism needs allies. But what does it really mean to be an authentic ally? This is an important question for everyone to consider, especially those in leadership roles. Embodying equity informed skills will change how you show up and impact those around you - individuals, groups, teams, organizations and beyond. This workshop will focus on the inner work required to build equity informed allyship.

Registration is recommended for each session, but drop-ins are welcome. Light refreshments will be served!

Register here!

If you have any questions, please contact
Ann at ajohannes@coqlibrary.ca
or Aman at asaroya@coqlibrary.ca 





Navigating the Canadian Multiculturalism: Balancing Tradition and Change

Sun, November 5 |4:00pm - 5:00pm| Online

Join MOSAIC for an engaging and insightful workshop as they examine the theme of ’Balancing Tradition and Change‘ within the context of Canadian Multiculturalism while adapting to the Canadian way of life and preserving cultural traditions. 

To register, please submit a referral form here!





Canadian Citizenship Workshop for Permanent Residents

Mon, November 27 |1:00pm - 3:00pm| Online

Are you a permanent resident of Canada aspiring to become a Canadian citizen? Look no further! Join MOSAIC for a comprehensive and engaging Canadian citizenship workshop to enhance your understanding of Canadian history, government, regions, and more. This interactive, informative, and supportive online event is designed to empower you on your path to Canadian citizenship.

The registration deadline is November 24. To secure your spot, contact Judy at jlee@mosaicbc.org.





Spanish Support Group for Women

Tue, November 7 |10:00am - 12:00pm| New Westminster Schools Welcome Centre   

Are you ready to make new friends and receive emotional support, learn about free community services and opportunities, share your experience and learn from others, and obtain a certificate of participation? Join ISS of BC's Spanish Support Group for Women.  

Contact Fiorella to register: 778-319-3884 | fiorella.diliberto@issbc.org




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Language Interpreter

ISS of BC is looking for a volunteer interpreter to provide ‘on the spot’ support to both clients and Settlement Workers/Case Managers/Service Providers to convey spoken words from one language to another. Volunteer interpreters are responsible for listening, understanding and interpreting spoken language to another targeted language and vice-versa.

  • Fluency in English and at least one other identified language: Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Mandarin, Pashto, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian
  • Familiarity with various interpreting techniques and modes
  • Advanced English level – Canadian Language Benchmark or CLB 9 or higher
  • Familiarity/experience in group facilitation
  • Confidence in public speaking
  • Cross-cultural experience or commitment to learn about others culture
  • Familiarity with online video communication platforms/conferencing apps such as Zoom and Telegram

For more information and application, please click here!

Building Community Connections (BCC) Events Assistant

The Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program (ISIP) at S.U.C.C.E.S.S is currently recruiting volunteers to support their outdoors activities which may include (but not limited to:) Building Community Connections (BCC) ‘We Live Here’ and ‘We Volunteer Here’ program at their Burnaby Service Centre.

  • Intermediate Level of English or above
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset (Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin), Dari, Farsi (Persian), Korean, Russian, Ukrainian, Tagalog, Vietnamese)
  • 19 years or older
  • Customer service experience (preferred)

Time Commitment and Schedule:
  • Events dates and times vary. Volunteers can sign up for the events that meet their availability
  • Approximately 4 hours per shift
  • Shifts timing differs depending on the event's schedule. Usually events occur between Monday to Saturday

For more information and application please click here!




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