[Apr] Tri-Cities Community Events, Newcomer Jobs and Settlement Resource & More
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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, April 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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Wildlife 101- Living with Coquitlam‘s Urban Wildlife

Tue, April 16| 6:30pm - 7:30pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Branch - Rooms 136 & 137)

Join the Coquitlam Public Library for an insightful presentation to to know more about how to safely coexist with bears and other wildlife in Coquitlam. Learn practical skills to prevent wildlife encounters in your neighbourhood and when exploring the outdoors.

Registration is not required. Drop-in is welcome!





Bad Art Night

Wed, April 17| 6:00pm - 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 Bad Art Night, which  is a craft for people who love art, but aren‘t quite so good at making it. This event will feature already made art that attendees will take and turn into their own. There will be a full supply of crafting materials to decorate your chosen image. At the end of the night everyone will vote on their favorite and the Best Bad Artist will be crowned!

This event is for teens and adults only, no kids allowed. Ages 16+ only. This will be messy so please don't wear clothes you care about, they will get splashed. 

Register here!





How to Co-Exist Safely with Coyotes Info Session

Sat, April 20| 1:00pm - 2:00pm| Maillardville Community Centre, 1200 Cartier Avenue (Multipurpose Room 1)

Join the Port Moody City of the Arts for an info session about co-existing safely with coyotes. Coyote breeding season is underway, which means they will be more active as they secure and protect territory. Sign up to attend a free information session, presented by the Stanley Park Ecology Society, and uncover common misconceptions about urban coyotes. Learn important tips to help keep your family and pets safe, what to do if you encounter a coyote and ways to manage attractants.

Register by email at UrbanWildlife@coquitlam.ca





Gardening Workshop: Help Plant a Veggie Garden

Wed, April 24| 2:00pm - 4:00pm| Terry Fox Library, 2150 Wilson Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 6J5

Join the Terry Fox Library for a workshop that will focus on companion planting vegetables. The first part is a presentation in the library by Master Gardener Lori Greyell, following which she will take participants out to the Port Coquitlam community garden beds for some hands-on planting.

Rain or shine, so dress appropriately. If you have a trowel and gloves, please bring them; we will have some on hand. All other supplies are provided. 

Space is limited and only open to Port Coquitlam residents. To register, please call or drop by the Terry Fox Library.

For more information, please contact Chris Conroy at (604) 927-7999.





Thrift & Fund - New Store!

Sat, April 20| #107b—2748 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam

Join Low Entropy Foundation for the grand Opening of a new Thrift & Fund store, Port Coquitlam’s newest destination for sustainable shopping and community support. Save the date for a memorable day that celebrates thrift, sustainability, and shared community values.

The event will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 am, followed by the doors opening at 10:00 am. But that's not all! To make things even more exciting, attendees can win a $50 gift card to spend at our new store. For more information on entering the giveaway, please
click here!

Thrift & Fund is committed to offering affordable, high-quality items, including clothing, accessories, home decor, and more. By shopping at this store, you can get great deals and contribute to the mission to promote sustainability and shop for a cause.




Nominate someone inspiring for Windmill Microlending Empowerment Award!

Canadian Immigrant is pleased to announce a nomination call for the 2nd annual The Windmill Microlending Empowerment Award in partnership with Windmill Microlending. This award recognizes individuals who are working above and beyond to empower and support the successful journeys of immigrants and refugees to Canada. Do you know someone who has made a difference in the lives of Canadian immigrants? Nominate them today!

For more information and to nominate someone, please click here!




Check your immunization records before Spring Break Travel!

With measles outbreaks being reported internationally and spring break on the horizon, the provincial health officer, BC Centre for Disease Control, and public health officials are reminding people in British Columbia to check their vaccination records before travelling to ensure they are protected. 

In B.C., measles vaccine is given as a series of two doses. The first dose is given as the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine on a child's first birthday and the second dose is given around the time of starting school as the measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (MMRV) vaccine. Babies as young as six months should get vaccinated against measles before travelling to countries where measles is spreading. Children between one and four years can also get their second dose before travelling internationally.

Vaccine appointments can be booked through local public health units, community health centers or nursing stations. To find your local center, please click here! 





Tips to Protect Your Health at Home

Every day, we are exposed to chemicals and pollutants in the air, water, soil, food, and products we use in our home. Check out this guide for some tips on how to help protect yourself and those around you. Find this guide below in different languages: 




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Careers in Software Testing

Wed, April 10| 5:30pm - 6:30pm| Online

Join the Global Talent Loans program at ISS of BC to learn about software testing, which is a fast route for those who want to get a well-paid job and have limited time on their hands.

Register here!




Preparing for Job Interviews

Tue, April 23| 2:00pm - 3:30pm| Online

Join the Coquitlam Public Library for online presentation to learn how to prepare for job interviews. Do you feel your interview skills are stopping you from getting the right job? Join this presentation where you will learn basic strategies to answer interview questions. With the help of a career advisor, you will get information that will help you structure answers and place your skills at a higher level! All job seekers are welcome.

Register here!




Becoming a CPHR Professional

Tue, April 23| 5:30pm - 6:30pm| Online

Join ISS of BC in this workshop to learn about how to become a chartered professional in human resources. Find out about the CPHR designation and pathways to earning the designation. 

Register here!




Job Retention Workshop – Conflict Literacy

Tue, April 30| 12:00pm - 1:00pm| Online

Join ISS of BC in this workshop to get basic awareness, knowledge, skill, and practical strategies for productively engaging in conflicts at workplace. Learn about workplace conflict literacy, which will not only help you retain your job but also succeed in your career.

Register here!





Career Coaches

Low Entropy Foundation now has volunteer career coaches to support individuals in finding and landing their next job. Whether you are just starting your career, transitioning to a new industry, or looking to advance in your current field, the coaches are here to guide you through every step of the job-seeking process, empowering you to achieve your professional goals.

For more information and to sign up for career coaching, please
click here!

Have an interview coming up soon? Check out these
Interview Resources!




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Tax Tips for Newcomers (Cantonese)

Thu, April 11 |7:00pm - 8:00pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Room 137)

Join the Coquitlam Library for helpful tips for newcomers for 2024 Tax season and join RBC Investment and Financial Planner Shirley Wang to discuss about taxes and ways to maximize your income tax savings. 

    Register here!





    PR Card Renewal Information  (Korean)

    Thu, April 25| 6:30pm - 8:30pm| Online

    Join ISS of BC in this online workshop for Korean immigrants to learn about:

    • Citizenship Processing vs. PR Card Renewal
    • Required Documents/History.
    • Differences between online & mail submission on IRCC website /application samples.
    • Expired PR Card outside Canada, Travel Document/Voluntarily Renouncement.

    For inquiries and registration, please contact Isabel at isabel.lee@issbc.org or 778-372-6550.




    Beginner English Practice Groups

    Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive Port Moody, B.C. V3H 5C3 (ParkLane Room)

    Join the Port Moody Public Library's English Practice Group to practice English speaking and listening. This learning class is held every week on Tuesday and Thursday. Please choose only one class: 

    • Every Tuesday, 11:00am - 12:30pm.
    • Every Thursday, 11:30am - 1:00pm.

    This is a drop-in event; there is no registration required. For more information, please click here!

    Intermediate/Advanced English Practice Group

    Port Moody Public Library, 100 Newport Drive Port Moody, B.C. V3H 5C3 (ParkLane Room)

    Are you looking for ways to keep your community connection while improving your English? Participate in the Port Moody Public Library's English Practice Group! Practice your English speaking and listening skills, develop friendships, and learn more about Tri-Cities, Canada, and available community resources. This class is suitable for intermediate or advanced learners.

    This learning class is held every week on Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:00pm.

    This is a drop-in event; there is no registration required. For more information, please
     click here!





    Brave Spaces Speaker Series - Pride Community

    Wed, May 1st| 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. This session includes speakers from the Pride Community and its allies.

    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!









    Celebrating Black Excellence: Contributions to the LGBTQ2+ Community

    Reflecting on Black History Month in February, Pride Allies highlights some significant Black LGBTQ2S+ people in BC and their important contributions with their passionate advocacy and activism. Below are three names to remember:

    Cicely Belle Blainour

    A Black poet and activist from BC and one of the primary founders of Black Lives Matter Vancouver. They are the author of the poetry collection called Black Sugar which delves into Black history and identity and the impact of colonization on Black people. The collection shines light on “how systems, society and culture are all structured to reinforce racism."

    Jillian Christmas

    A queer, Afro-Caribbean writer, educator, and activist based in Vancouver. She focuses on increasing anti-oppression initiatives in spoken word. She is the former artistic director of Vancouver's Verses Festival of Words.

    Dominique Wakelandour

    A transgender activist and educator. They are one of the founders of Black Lives Matter Vancouver chapter and a strong advocate for the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Dominique uses creative and performing arts to spread messages of inclusion and diversity.




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    Business Mentor for the Integrated Women’s Entrepreneurship Project

    S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is currently looking for business mentors to work as volunteers for the Integrated Women’s Entrepreneurship Project (IWEP). The IWEP is a multi-regional program that sets out to support and empower women entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business and expand their business by providing them with a wide range of resources, tools, advisory and trainings to succeed.

    As a Business Mentor, you will take part in our virtual mentoring sessions or networking events and guide our budding entrepreneurs who are looking to start or expand their businesses. To apply for this position, you need to have minimum 2 years of professional experience in Canada and in total minimum 3 years of business experience.

    For more information about requirements and applications, please click here!

    Empower Home 

    The Low Entropy Foundation is currently looking for volunteer outreach supporters to join its team in the effort to connect with unhoused people in the community and contribute to its project of addressing homelessness. This innovative homelessness outreach endeavor is not just a project— it’s a heartfelt commitment to nurturing community, connection, and care for those among us who are most vulnerable. Empower Home is deeply inspired by the wisdom and values of the Indigenous culture and their philosophy of “all my relations,” a powerful reminder that we are all intricately linked and bear a collective responsibility to support one another.

    For more information and application, please
    click here!








    YWCA Aspire, Refugee Women Employment Program 

    YWCA Metro Vancouver ASPIRE Refugee, Women Employment Program is now accepting applications for the April 2024 Cohort. This is a free employment program that assists newcomer refugee women in labour market preparedness to jump-start a meaningful career in Canada. As this is a hybrid program with optional in-person attendance, YWCA accepts applications from all over BC. They have 8 spots available for the April 15 cohort. 

    The application deadline for this program is April 10, 2024, 2:00 pm (PDT). 

    To apply, please click here!

    Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants - Tri-Cities 

    Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants – Tri-Cities at Douglas College is for newcomers to Canada who live in the communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Maple Ridge, or Pitt Meadows and who have international credentials, training and skills from outside of Canada. Working one-to-one with knowledgeable career coaches, you will gain valuable resources needed to assist in launching your career in Canada.

    The program is free for internationally-trained professionals who meet eligibility requirements.  French settlement services are also available.

    For more information and application, please
     click here!




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    For additional immigrant and settlement related resources, visit www.tricitieslip.ca

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