Tri-Cities Community Events, Newcomer Career Resource, Settlement Info, and More
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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, June 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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Sense of Belonging Research - Survey Participants Invite

Calling for survey participants! We need your help to better understand the inclusion of 2SLGBTQIA+ newcomers in our local settlement services, the unique challenges and barriers they face, and how we can act to build more welcoming spaces across the community.

In tandem with Pride Month celebrations in June, we are looking for folks to complete a short survey. Your contribution will help to improve community services and newcomer settlement programs to better serve the needs of queer & non-binary folks in the Tri-Cities area.

Who can participate? We are looking for:
  • immigrants, refugees, international students, and temporary workers who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or questioning
  • partner or caregiver of someone who identifies as 2SLGBTQIA+
  • staff of a community service provider (for example: newcomer settlement, employment services, library, child care, education, healthcare, food bank, etc.)

Take part in our short survey questionnaire. It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Your participation & insights are greatly appreciated and will help build more safe spaces in our Tri-Cities community.





Coast Salish House Post Blessing Ceremony and Feast | National Indigenous Peoples Day 

Wed, June 21 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
The Port Moody Ecological Society and the In the Presence of Ancestors Project presents: A Coast Salish House Post Blessing Ceremony And Feast. Join the community in celebration of three house posts carved by Tsleil Waututh, Musqueam, Kwikwitlem, and Kwantlin artists. These are the first of five house posts being raised as part of the In the Presence of Ancestors project. Free family fun for all ages! Activities include: traditional Coast Salish drumming and singing, community art project by PoMo Arts, book sale, and dinner feast celebration. Bring your own picnic blanket, plates, and eating utensils. Free to attend, but registration require. 





Get Artistic in June - Tri-Cities Family Challenge Booklet

TCLIP and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. 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!

For June, bring out your family‘s creative side. Art can be a great way of connecting with your family members and learning about their interests. Submit a drawing of your family‘s favourite activity by June 30 for a chance to win this month's prize.




Training and Professional Development Opportunities
for Early Years Service Providers

Parent-Child Mother Goose Program Teacher-Training Workshop (In-Person)

June 28 & 29 | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Pinetree Community Centre
This is a two-day, in-person teaching for service providers hoping to provide a safe starting point for family members into services they need. It aims to equip providers to help build and strengthen families through rhymes, songs, and stories. Mother Goose programs are required to be facilitated by two trained teachers/facilitators. It is recommended that your organization identify 2 or more staff to participate in the training. Participants will need to attend both days to be eligible for certification. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

Kids Have Stress Too! Facilitator Training Program (Online)

September 18 | 1:00pm – 3:30pm | Online
Kids Have Stress Too! is an online facilitator training program for service providers hoping to foster resiliency in families with young children. The program includes a 2.5-hour live session and 1.5 hours of recorded material for participants to watch on their own time. At the end of the program, providers will obtain skills to help build positive coping strategies for families to deal with life‘s stressors. Registrants will receive a Zoom link and access to the recorded material prior to the live session, and they must attend the live session to be eligible for certification. 

The Early Years Service Providers training workshops have limited space, register now to secure your seat.





Open Call for Artists: Your Art, Your Reflection:  Multiculturalism, Diversity and Anti-Racism

Deadline for art submission extended to June 8!

The Asian Impact Society has an upcoming art contest and exhibit in the Fall. Artists of all ages from all backgrounds, and at all levels of artistic journey are invited to submit artwork to this event.

This is a juried event and the artwork can be 2D and 3D work but must include one of the themes: multiculturalism, diversity or anti-racism. All submissions, provided they meet the criteria and appropriate for all audiences, will be exhibited at the Atrium of Place Des Arts from September 8 to November 9th as well as viewable online.

Learn more about Exhibition & Contest Details
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Mentoring session in KOREAN: Careers at Libraries (한국어 강좌) | S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Wed, June 7, 14, 21, 28, and July 5 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Online
Join mentors from local libraries who will provide practical guidelines and information for your career path. All participants are required to attend all  five group sessions. Sign up

"B-Hired" Youth Employment Program - Info Session | ISSofBC

Fri, June 9 | 12:00pm - 12:30pm | Online
B-Hired is a free job readiness and skills training program for newcomer youth (aged 16-29 years old) who want to launch their careers in Canada. Build confidence, increase your networking skills, connect with employers and achieve your job success. Sign up




Active Career Connect & Engagement Project - Online Info Session | S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Tue, June 20 | 9:30am - 10:30am | Online
Attend this online information session to learn about how you can gain paid Canadian work experience opportunities through the Active Career Connect & Engagement Project (ACCEP). The Program offers services online across BC to help you to achieve your career goals. To register, email Visit the  Program Website  for more details

Meeting Employer Session with IKEA (English) | S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Thu, June 22 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm | Coquitlam
This in-person meeting the employer session will include opportunities to:
  • Discover different positions available at IKEA
  • Most required skills & qualifications in retail jobs
  • The hiring process of IKEA and other similar retail companies
  • Working conditions, benefits, and schedules
  • How to prepare your resume and interview
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Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program - Online Info Sessions in June | Douglas College Training Group

The Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants program at Douglas College is a government funded program for newcomer permanent residents in BC. This program is free for eligible applicants and can help overcome the barriers to getting back into working in your professional field. Registration required to attend the info sessions.
International Medical Graduates
Thu, June 15 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Learn about how the Career Paths Health program can support you in your goal of pursuing medical residency or PRA-BC in B.C.
Internationally Educated Nurses
Thu, June 22 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Learn about how the Career Paths Health program can support you in your goal of becoming a registered nurse (RN,LPN, RPN) in B.C.
Education and Social Services
Mon, June 26 | 10:00am-11:00am
Open to foreign trained Social and Community Service Workers, Post-secondary Instructors, Early Childhood Educators and ECE Teaching Assistants.
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Immigration Pathways to Canada - Online Info Session | S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Mon, June 12 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm | Online
Hear the latest information about immigration options for work permit holders and international students. Q&A session included. The webinar is hosted in partnership with Ladner Pioneer Library.
Topics will include: application requirements, Express Entry program, BC Provincial Nominee program. Learn more

Work Permit Types in Canada - Online Info Session with Guest Speaker | S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Tue, June 13 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Online
Join this information session to learn more about open work permits and Employer-specific work permits in Canada, and how to apply for them with a guest speaker. Topics will include: Co-op work Permit, Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP), Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), Spousal Open Work Permit (SOWP). Learn more




"I Belong" Peer Support Group for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers | MOSAIC

Mon, July 3 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm | Vancouver
Meet other LGBTQ+ newcomers, make friends, and participate in activities facilitated by our LGBTQ+ support worker. Learn about community resources, share experiences and information, and build social connections. I Belong‘s peer support group is open to LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning) newcomers regardless of immigration status. Sign-up

Free English Classes: Workplace LINC 5/6 | Douglas College Training Group

Workplace LINC 5/6 combines English language instruction with classes on how to prepare for work in Canada. You will also practice computer skills. This program is for newcomers who are motivated to build up their English language skills to enter the labour market. You are eligible for Workplace LINC 5/6 if you are a LINC 4/5 graduate or have a Client Referral Form from a LINC Language Assessment Centre or a designated LINC school. Learn more
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Volunteer Opportunity: Multicultural Youth Circle | ISSofBC

Sat, June 17 | 1:00pm - 2:00 pm | Online | ISS of BC
Join this information session to learn more about the Multicultural Youth Circle Program hosted by the Immigrant Services Society of BC! "MY Circle" is a free leadership skills program for immigrant and refugee youth. Open to newcomer youth (14 to 24 years old) & Permanent Residents. As a participant, you will:
  • Gain volunteer hours and certificates of completion
  • Obtain a reference letter
  • Gain new experiences and discuss issues facing newcomers
  • Learn more about your community resources

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Latest Immigration News in Canada:

Canada welcomes Afghans through new humanitarian partnership - IRCC

B.C. Province boosts supports for newcomers arriving in B.C. - BC Gov News

Hate crimes: ‘If it makes somebody feel unsafe … we need to know:’ RCMP officer - Burnaby Now

B.C. immigrant says province can do better to incorporate newcomers into the workforce - CTV News

Recent Immigration Research and Statistics Report:

'Canadian immigration paradox' Research finds that the longer newcomers stay, the worse their mental health becomes - Saltwire

Report on the Licensure of Internationally Educated Health Professionals - National Newcomer Navigation Network

Social inequalities in health from Ottawa to Vancouver: action for fair equality of opportunity - IUHPE

Immigration to Canada On Track To Set New Record In 2023 - Immigration News Canada




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