[Jun] Tri-Cities Community Events, Newcomer Jobs and Settlement Resource & More
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Tri-Cities LIP Connect Monthly Newsletter, June 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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Training Module 1: Effective Employer Engagement

Fri, June 7| 8:30am - 10:00am| Online

Employer engagement is crucial to the success of community stakeholders and partners who provide immigrants, refugees, and other newcomers with employment-related services. Yet, knowledge about effectively engaging businesses and other employers—especially in long-term partnerships—remains scarce.

To address this gap, join us for pat 2 of this interactive webinar to learn about: 
  • How to engage employers and build long-term relationships.
  • What the research tells us about employer receptivity to immigrant talent.
  • How to make the business case for hiring and investing in immigrant and refugee talent.
  • Proven strategies to engage employers in supporting the employment services you offer.
  • Communication practices in newcomer programming to align with employer priorities and needs. 
  • And more.

The webinar will be facilitated by Henry Akanko, Project Director of Hire Immigrants Ottawa (HIO), which is a community-wide initiative of United Way East Ontario. In this role, Henry (he/him) oversees efforts to bring together employers and key stakeholders to develop and champion local solutions to systemic barriers around the workforce integration of skilled immigrants; and to develop practical and effective programs, tools, and resources that enable diverse, inclusive, and belonging workplaces. 

This event is free, but registration is required. 

Register here!





Tri-Cities Community Building Dialogue: From Hate to Hope

Thu, June 20| 10:00am - 11:30am| Online

Join Kasari Govender, B.C.‘s Human Rights Commissioner, for an informational session shedding light on the Office‘s report, From Hate to Hope: Inquiry into Hate in the COVID-19 Pandemic. The inquiry explored why hate increased during the pandemic, where hate comes from and what actions we can take to stop hate now and in future times of crisis.

This webinar will be an opportunity for you to: 
  • Discover some underlying factors contributing to the rise in hate during the pandemic.  
  • Learn about stories of hate and their impact on people and communities.  
  • Explore some proactive measures taken by the community to respond to hate. 

This event is free, but registration is required. 

Register here!





Toxic - A Documentary Film

Tue, June 18| 6:30pm - 8:00pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Branch - Rooms 136 & 137)

As part of the Men Mental Health Week, join the Coquitlam Public Library for a documentary film screening. The film that will be screened is "Toxic," which takes an unflinching look at what decades of failed drug policy, lack of mental health services and affordable housing has created.

Parental discretion advised as contents may be disturbing. Resources and refreshments will be available.

Register here!





Coquitlam Search & Rescue - Can you Survive? 

Sat, June 22| 2:30pm - 4:30pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1 (City Center Branch - Rooms 136 & 137)

Join the Coquitlam Public Library and Coquitlam Search and Rescue (SAR) to learn about outdoor safety. SAR guest speakers will go over how kids can stay safe if they get lost, proper outdoor equipment, and recommendations for safe and fun nature excursions. You will also hear real life stories of rescues and dangerous encounters, such as stranded hikers and bear attacks. If you are going into the woods this summer you do not want to miss it.

Registration is recommended. This event is for teens and adults ages 15+, and includes real life stories, equipment review, and discussion.

Register here!





Seniors Try It Week

Port Moody Recreation wants to celebrate seniors and extend a warm welcome to all local senior residents, newcomers, and recreation beginners to join its Seniors Try It Week from June 17-21, 2024. Visit the recreation facilities, try out some of our free programs and activities, engage with local partners, and create meaningful connections. 

For more information and registration, please click here.





Summer Reading Clubs

Starting June 1, join one of the Coquitlam Public Library's three Summer Reading Clubs and participate in fun activities. You will have a chance to win one of the library's grand prizes. The more active you are, the better your chance of winning.

For more information and registration, please click here.





Community Connections & Volunteer Fair

Sun, June 9| 10:00am - 2:00pm| Port Coquitlam Community Centre, 2150 Wilson Ave, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6J5 (Mabbett Hall & JB Young Rooms)

Join the City of Port Coquitlam in their annual volunteer fair to explore exciting volunteer opportunities, discover the amazing work of nonprofits in your area, and find meaningful ways to give back. Meet inspiring people, attend informative presentations, and learn how you can make a difference in your neighborhood. A family friendly event.

For more information and registration, please click here.





Multicultural Connections

Thu, June 27| 1:00pm - 8:00pm| Coquitlam Public Library, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1, Rooms #136 & 137 (main stage), Room 127 (workshops and children‘s activities)

Join the Low Entropy Foundation in this Multicultural Connections event, a one-day festival celebrating Canada‘s diverse cultures, ethnicities, languages, and landscapes. This event will feature a variety of activities designed to educate, entertain, and inspire attendees of all ages.

What to expect?
  • Cultural Booths: Explore booths showcasing different cultures, their traditions, and unique aspects.
  • Performances: Enjoy traditional music, dance, and performances on the main stage, featuring local and emerging talent.
  • Interactive Displays: Engage with hands-on cultural activities, such as a blanket ceremony, dance workshops, and cooking demonstrations.
  • Workshops: Participate in workshops on Indigenous and immigrant languages, and learn through virtual tours of Canada's diverse geography.
  • Food Stalls: Savor the taste of Canada's culinary variety with food stalls offering a range of dishes.
  • Artisan Market: Discover handmade cultural crafts from local artisans.
  • Educational Talks: Attend talks and discussions on multiculturalism and inclusion, with segments focused on youth.
  • Language Corner: Experience mini language lessons and poetry, highlighting Canada's linguistic diversity.

Register here!





Community Connections & Volunteer Fair

The Foundation for a Path Forward is launching the second cohort of Coding in Colour. This is an impactful scholarship program valued at $30,000, created to support IBPOC, women, low-income households, immigrants, and gender minorities across Canada.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced programmer, this scholarship program is designed to cater to all skill levels. Learn from industry experts who will guide you through the fundamentals of coding, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and more. Gain hands-on experience with AI and Web3 tools, and discover how these cutting-edge technologies are transforming the digital landscape.

  • Applicant must at least have a primary residence in Canada (work/study visa, permanent residency, protected persons status, or citizenship).
  • Full time commitment (40 hours per week for 6 months, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm PT).
  • Intermediate English language skills (CLB/IELTS level 5 or higher; documentation not required).
  • Computer literacy (file navigation, internet browsing, software installation, Zoom, etc.).
  • Stable internet connection; at least 100mbps download speed and 10mbps upload speed are recommended.
  • Has a computer that can run the latest coding software for Javascript, React, CSS, etc.
  • Needs to run on at least Windows 7 or macOS 11 and above.
  • Processor must be at least Intel Core i5 or equivalent.
  • Must have at least 8GB of RAM.
  • Must have at least 80GB of hard drive space.

Key details:
  • Fully remote course (in-person events optional).
  • Starts on July 12 (Orientation and Course Launch).
  • 6-month course.
  • Certificates from Coding in Colour + Digical Supercluster will be provided upon program completion.
  • Fully funded scholarship ~ $30,000 value will be granted.
  • One year free access to LinkedIn Learning to supplement education and credentials towards career goals.
  • Exclusive access to top-notch courses provided by Microsoft.
  • Integrated soft skills and career preparation workshops.
  • Job support (exclusive job platform + a strong network of employers).

Enrollment will start on June 17th, accompanied by an information session. The upcoming cohort will then launch on July 12th, starting with a student orientation.

To sign up the Cohort Waitlist, please click here.




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Virtual Lunch and Learn: Careers in Medical Imaging

Wed, June 5| 12:00pm - 1:00pm| Online

Join Fraser Health in this event to learn about exciting career pathways and possibilities in Medical Imaging. Hear from the medical imaging teams at Fraser Health on what they enjoy most about their roles, and gain insights to the programs available at post-secondary institutions in Metro Vancouver.

The teams in medical imaging play a crucial role in diagnosing and monitoring various medical conditions. Comprised of compassionate and professional teams dedicated to providing care in diagnostic imaging, radiology, mammography, and other areas. 

Register here!




Job Search Strategies - Effective Resumes

Thu, June 20| 2:00pm - 3:30pm| Online

Join the Coquitlam Public Library for an online presentation to learn some skills on creating effective resumes. Presented in partnership with WorkBC Centre. In this presentation, you will learn:

  • The purpose of an effective Resume.
  • The different types of Resumes.
  • Strategies to make your Resume attractive to potential employers.
  • A WorkBC Employment Specialist will present on these key points and share quick tips to create a winning Resume.

Register here!





Decolonizing Workplace Practices

Wed, June 12| 10:30am - 11:30am| Online

Join Inclusivity in this free webinar to learn about decolonizing workplace practices. Decolonization is a “buzz word” that is often seen in workplaces today. But what does decolonization even mean? Is it possible? What are the limitations? What is the difference between decolonization, Indigenization, and reconciliation? In this session, Len Pierre will talk more about the professional side of decolonization work, who benefits from decolonization, and you will explore how you can include everyday acts of decolonization in your professional work. 

Len Pierre is Coast Salish from Katzie (kate-zee) First Nation. He is a professor, consultant, TEDx Speaker, social activist, change agent, and traditional knowledge keeper. He has a Master's degree in Education from Simon Fraser University focusing on Indigenous curriculum and instructional design. His experience includes Indigenous education and program leadership from various organizations across colonial Canada.

Register here!




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BC Housing: Affordable Housing - Arabic

Mon, June 3 |1:00pm - 3:00pm| Online

Are you planning to apply for the BC housing programs? Join ISS of BC in this workshop to learn more about the requirements, eligibility, and process for applying.

For registration, please contact Suha at 236-988-7950 or suha.saleh@issbc.org.





School Education System in BC - Farsi

Tue, June 11 |1:00pm - 3:00pm| ISS of BC, 258-3020 Lincoln Ave, Coquitlam, or Online

Join ISS of BC in this workshop to learn about the education system in BC. 

For registration, please contact Helia at 778-372-6525 or Helia.Arefkia@issbc.org.





Exam Preparation 

Wed, June 12 |6:00pm - 7:00pm| Online

Join SkilledTradesBC's Apprenticeship Advisors for this webinar on how to prepare for your upcoming exam. 

Are you writing an exam soon? Whether this will be your first, second, or even third attempt, this exam preparation session will be hosted to help you succeed. This webinar is suitable for anyone writing an Interprovincial/Red Seal exam, Certification of Qualification, Challenge Certification, or Standard Level Exam. 

    Register here!





    Real Estate Tax Law - Korean

    Thu, June 20| 6:30am - 8:30pm| Online

    Join ISS of BC for an online workshop to learn about real estate tax law. The content of this workshop will include:

    • Types of Canadian Real Estate Taxes.
    • Rental and Capital Gain Exemption
    • Principal Residence Exemption.
    • Inheritance and Gift Tax.
    • Real Estate Taxes for Non-residents. 

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




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    Digital Literacy Workshop Assistant

    The Immigrant Settlement & Integration Program (ISIP) at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is currently recruiting volunteers to support its Digital Literacy workshops facilitated by its Digital Navigator. The key responsibilities for this position are:

    • Supporting the Digital Navigator via various formats, such as in-person workshops and online webinar settings.
    • Supporting the Digital Navigator to facilitate digital literacy skills learning and comfort level among clients using different applications (e.g. using Zoom, email, google maps, internet browsers).
    • Providing one-to-one help for digital literacy workshop/webinar clients who require extra support.
    • Providing informal first language interpretation support as needed.

    Qualifications required:
    • Intermediate level of English (CLB 4/5).
    • High Proficiency in a second language (in particular Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin), Dari, Farsi (Persian), Japanese, Korean, Pashto, or Ukrainian).
    • Experience providing informal interpretation an asset.
    • 19 years or older.
    • Must be willing to conduct a criminal record check.
    • Excellent digital literacy using different computer platforms (Windows/Mac) and phone platforms (iPhone/Android).
    • Excellent technical skills (operating different applications and troubleshooting technical issues).

    For more information and application, please click here.

    Event Ambassador 

    The Low Entropy Foundation is seeking enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers to join its team and represent the Low Entropy Foundation at various events. As a volunteer Event Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including parades, festivals, markets, and other community events to engage the public and inform them of Low Entropy’s work in the community and its thrift store “Thrift & Fund”. Depending on the event, you will run an information booth and/or a pop up version of our thrift store.

    • Participate in various events to represent the Low Entropy Foundation and promote the organization.
    • Introduce the organization's mission and projects to event attendees.
    • Assist in organizing events and preparing display materials.
    • Distribute promotional posters in the community.
    • Engage with the general public and answer questions about the organization and its projects.
    • Assist in promoting the thrift store and encouraging donations.

    For more information and application, please click here.









    Community Leadership Initiative

    The Community Leadership Initiative (CLI) program, funded by Canada Service Corps, is calling for participants, aged 15-30, who are ready to lead positive change in their communities. The goal is to empower youth to create and lead their own civic engagement projects that promote inclusivity and reconciliation. Through interactive workshops and field trips, participants will gain a better understanding of themselves and the needs of their communities.

    By joining the CLI program, you can take charge of your own community project with a $2,000 microgrant while developing leadership skills, gaining hands-on experience, and making a lasting impact. Connect and collaborate with like-minded peers and mentors and build meaningful connections. Recruitment for the CLI program is now open, so apply today.

    For more information, please
    click here.
    To apply for the CLI Program, please click here. 









    Educational Opportunities

    Check out the following free trainings to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community:

    The Provincial Health Services Authority has three free online trainings focused on gender diversity:
    • A quick 30 minute overview of gender diversity.
    • A more detailed version of the same material that takes about an hour to complete.
    • A three-hour indigenous gender diversity training with a focus on two-spirit experience and cultural safety.
    • To access the trainings, please click here.

    • An organization in BC that provides services for newcomers and includes a strong focus on diversity.
    • It has created a free online training focusing on service providers that covers LGBTQ+ concerns not only locally but within the larger world.
    • Note the training is referred to as “part 2,” but is in fact a stand-alone training; you can access the videos from “part 1” on their website if desired.
    • To access the training, please click here.

    Eagle Canada
    • This organization provides ongoing educational workshops across varying topics. Eagle Canada does not have a specific training program, but it provides a variety of free workshops for folks working with LGBTQ+ communities, and it has an excellent focus on youth and schools.
    • To access this resource, please click here.





    Reflections on Pride and Asian Heritage Months

    Are you interested in finding out more about the LGBTQ+ Community? Here are some links to learn more:

    • Richard Fung and the Gay Asians of Toronto (GAT).
    • Wayson Choi a pioneer in Canadian Literature.
    • Paul Wong a prolific video pioneer.
    • Sher Vancouver to respond to the pressing need to combat discrimination, provide support, and empower LGBTQ+ South Asians during a time when anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments and actions are on the rise. 




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    Unpacking the Model Minority Myth Resource 

    The "Unpacking Model Minority Myth" resource, brought to you by the Hua Foundation, offers articles and book collection that is meticulously arranged to introduce themes in a thoughtful, patient manner to allow for media breaks, rest, and gradual shifts in topics explored.

    To access this resource, please
    click here. 




    Co-design Workshops Engagement Summary: Towards Anti Oppressive and Anti-Racist Settlement Services

    The CARES (Co-designing for Anti-racism and Equity in Settlement) project is a collaborative effort between newcomers to Canada, service providers, and researchers to design settlement services that are equitable and free from racism. In March 2024, the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation organized co-design workshops in English and French to gather ideas from participants on how to achieve this goal.

    These workshops started by sharing key findings from the research conducted for the project, including a targeted review of existing research, surveys with newcomers and settlement service providers, focus groups with newcomers, and conference workshops with practitioners.

    To learn about key insights from these workshops, please
    click here to access the report summary.




    Career Mobility of People with Disabilities

    The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation has uncovered new research exploring the challenges that individuals with disabilities face in career advancement and career mobility; and identified ways that policies, programs, and services can support them in their employment journey. 

    "Career Mobility of People with Disabilities" sheds light on the disparities that exist in career advancement and mobility opportunities between people with disabilities and people without disabilities, as well as steps employers can take to support career mobility for individuals with disabilities.

    To access the full research, please
    click here.




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