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May 2018

Invitation à un webinaire pour les nouveaux arrivants

May 1 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Webinaire en français Le mardi 1er mai 2018, à 11 h, heure de l’Est Webinaire en anglais Le mardi 1er mai 2018, à 14 h, heure de l’Est Durée Environ 45 minutes L’Agence du revenu du Canada organisera un webinaire interactif en direct pour fournir aux nouveaux arrivants au Canada des renseignements sur les prestations et les crédits. Certains des sujets qui seront abordés : divers  prestations et crédits comment en faire la demande comment continuer à recevoir vos versements Les…

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Canada Revenue Agency Webinar for Newcomers

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

English Session When:  Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET or 11:00 PM PT About 45 minutes The Canada Revenue Agency will host a live and interactive webinar for newcomers to Canada on benefits and credits. Some of the topics that will be covered: various benefits and credits how to apply for them how to continue getting your payments Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and get answers throughout the webinar. To register, click here. Please note,…

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Parenting Matters: Legal Workshop for Single Mothers

May 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 E. Broadway
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Presented by Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC and Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House in collaboration with Women in Positive Power* When: Tuesday May 1, 4:00-6:00 p.m. (Registration at 3:30 p.m.) Where: Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House 800 East Broadway, Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territory, Family Lawyer Zahra Jimale presents in this interactive workshop on current family law issues including custody/parenting, self representation and other areas of family law. Seats are limited so pre-registration is required. Childcare (limited) and snacks provided. For more…

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Aspire Case Management Training

May 4

The Muslim Food Bank and Community Services presents Aspire Case Management Training Free training sessions for Ages 18+ Workshop 1: Trauma  Friday, May 4, 2018 Venue: Tommy Douglas Library Workshop 2: Case Management  Saturday, May 5, 2018 Venue: Surrey City Centre Library, Room 401 Workshop 3: Conflict and Resources Monday, May 7, 2018 Venue: MFB Richmond Office, 220 - 13911 Maycrest Way, Richmond Get more information and register at or call 1-866-248-3868 ext. 203

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Nobody’s Perfect

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Welcome Centre – ISSofBC, 2610 Victoria Drive
Vancouver , BC Canada
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ISSofBC presents Nobody's Perfect When: Fridays, May 4 - June 8, 2018 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM  Where: Room 101, ISSofBC Welcome Centre, 2610 Victoria Drive Parenting can be hard, but you don’t have to do it alone! MEET with other parents of young children (0-5 yrs. old) SHARE your questions, concerns, and ideas about parenting and kids LEARN about child development, health and behaviour DISCUSS real-life parenting situations DISCOVER positive ways of parenting To register please contact: Ana Delgado…

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EI and CPP Benefits

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Seminar Room, School Gym, St. Mary’s Parish, 5239 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC V5R 4G8 Canada
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ISSofBC's Settlement Program and St. Mary's Migrant Ministry present EI and CPP Benefits Workshop. When: Friday, May 4 at 6:00 - 8:00 PM Where: Seminar Room, School Gym, St. Mary's Parish, 5239 Joyce Street, Vancouver BC, V5R 4G8 (Close to Joyce Skytrain Station) Join in a free interactive discussion and learn about: Purpose and Importance of EI & CPP benefits Eligibility Requirements Application Process  Appeal process, if denied With guest speaker: Dianne Stoesz, Citizen Services Specialist, Service Canada To register,…

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Special Needs and Different Ability (Focus Group)

May 5 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre, 13458 107A Ave
Surrey, BC V3T 0G4 Canada
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ASPIRE and the Muslim Food Bank Community Services presents Special Needs and Different Ability (Focus Group). The focus group intends to gather caregivers of children/youth with Special Needs so that they can collaborate to create inclusive communities through awareness and education of different abilities. The program will also be translated into Arabic, Urdu, Somali, and Farsi languages. When: Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 2:30 - 4:30 PM Where: Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre at 13458 107A Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 0G4…

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Burnaby Festival of Learning

May 6 - May 12

The Burnaby Festival of Learning celebrates lifelong learning in unconventional ways, featuring a week-long series of free events that will inform, engage and spark creative conversations between diverse audiences. The Festival will showcase a variety of events including performances, lectures, discussions, tours, and more! The Festival is co-presented by Simon Fraser University and the City of Burnaby with participation with many local Burnaby organizations. There are events every day for everyone including children, families, young adults and seniors. Events and…

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Ongoing Community Events / Programs

April 2018 Workshops

Free Multicultural Peer Support Group – For Immigrant and Refugee Women
Mondays, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM; March 12 – May 28, 2018

Connecting Through Vulnerability (3 workshops)
Muslim Food Bank Community Services

Be Here Now: February 25, 2018
Heart at Peace: March 25, 2018
Embrace Your Truth: April 29, 2018

Immigrant Women’s Employment Readiness Connections Program (IWERC)
Deadline to apply April 13, 2018

ASPIRE Case Management Workshops
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
Free Training Sessions for Ages 18+

Workshop 1: Trauma
Workshop 2: Case Management Training
Workshop 3:  Conflict and Resources

SOS Health and Settlement Orientation Group
Settlement Orientation Services

Citizenship and Civic Engagement Course
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Microloans Program
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

Finances for Newcomer Women with Children
Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Yarn Circle
Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Moving Ahead (Tri-Cities & Maple Ridge)

Income Assistance Outreach Tuesday
(First 3 Tuesdays every month)

After School Club!
Kamloops Immigrant Services

Welcoming Neighbours
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House

Family Support Worker in Your Neighbourhood
All families with children 0-5 years old welcome
Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Food Security & Sustainable Living – Workshops and Potluck
Little Mountain Neighbourhood House
First Tuesday of every month 

Refugee Training and Employment Program – BC Alliance for Manufacturing

Fast-track to IT (FIT)-Youth Program

Settlement Online Pre-Arrival Program 
For pre-landed immigrants to find and retain employment

HIPPY Program for Multicultural Parents

Family Literacy Outreach
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Infant Sing and Grow Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children 0 – 12 months old 

The Little House Family Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children 0-5 years old

West Village Family Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House
With children birth to 6 years old

Baby Time Drop-In
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circle
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Men’s Group
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Vancouver Early Years Refugee Program
Pacific Immigrant Resources Society

Community Adult Literacy Program – Free English Class for Job Seekers
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Syrian Kids Go!
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Community Adult Literacy Program
Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society (PICS)

Foreign Credential Recognition Loan Project

English Conversation Club