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AMSSA and its member agencies and stakeholders organize public community events, workshops for newcomers to Canada as well as professional development training, workshops, seminars and conferences for settlement, diversity and inclusion sector employees.

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September 2017

Walk for Reconciliation

September 24, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Walk for Reconciliation Join the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver! The Walk for Reconciliation is a positive movement to build better relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. This bold vision calls on everyone of all ages, all backgrounds, all cultures and all faiths to come together as communities and as individuals. Now is the time to transform and renew relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. The act of walking and sharing our stories joins us in a…

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October 2017

Webinar: Introduction to the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program

October 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Online

Introduction to the Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants Program Webinar Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants is a new program that launched in early 2017 to replace the Skills Connect program. Come and learn from Ministry staff and Career Path's service providers how this program can help the skilled immigrants you serve so that you can make an informed referral. Career Paths offers customized career counselling, training supports and occupation specific language training* for skilled immigrant job seekers for up to…

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Career Exploration Evening: Careers in the Settlement Sector

October 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Simon KY Lee Global Lounge, UBC, 2205 Lower Mall, Building 1
Vancouver, BC, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada
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Wednesday, Oct. 11 Career Exploration Evening: Careers in the Settlement Sector VENUE: Global Lounge, UBC TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Light dinner offered. Students, are you looking to make an impact in the lives of refugees and immigrants? Join us to explore career and volunteer opportunities in the settlement sector and gain advice from early career professionals! This networking event connects current students interested in building a career supporting refugees and other newcomers with early-career professionals in the settlement…

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Connect to the Future: Careers in BC Cleantech

October 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Cleantech needs engineering, IT and technical professionals for jobs that often have above-average salaries. The industry also needs entrepreneurs. Your expertise and skills may be what BC cleantech requires. Join this free conference to learn more from cleantech CEOs and start-up experts. Gain insight into an industry leveraging renewable materials and energy, decreasing natural resources use, and reducing emissions and waste. Seats are limited; register in advance to secure yours. WHERE: Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library 350 West Georgia…

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Workshop: Responsible Research with the Settlement Sector

October 12, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Welcome Centre – ISSofBC, 2610 Victoria Drive
Vancouver , BC Canada
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Thursday, Oct. 12 Workshop: Responsible Research with the Settlement Sector VENUE: ISSofBC Welcome Centre TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Light dinner offered. Students, researchers, and faculty, join us for a workshop and dialogue sessions with UBC researchers and immigrant/refugee settlement sector representatives that will showcase responsible, community engaged research practices. This session will examine the benefits and challenges of community-university research collaborations and share recent examples of successful collaborations from both academic and community perspectives. Attendees will have the opportunity…

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Multicultural Food and Health Fair (VIRCS)

October 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
CDI College, 950 Kings Road
Victoria, BC Canada
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Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society presents the Multicultural Food and Health Fair When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where: CDI College, 950 Kings Road, Victoria, BC What: 30 exhibitors, cultural performances, free food samples, interactive food and health displays, children's zone, door prizes, silent auction, draws and more! Call VIRCS for more information: 250-361-9433 ext. 209

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Speaking & Listening to Connect: An Introduction to Compassionate Communication

October 14, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:45 pm
City Centre Library, 10350 University Drive
Surrey, BC Canada
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The Muslim Food Bank Community Services and ASPIRE presents a one-day workshop: Speaking and Listening to Connect: An Introduction to Compassionate Communication When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:30 am - 4:45 pm Where: Room 401, Surrey City Centre Library Fee: Pay what you can, suggest general admission is $50.00 For Muslim Food Bank Volunteers, seniors and students $25.00 (smaller and larger amounts welcome) In this fun and lively workshop, participants will learn the basics of compassion communication. You will learn…

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Understanding Depression Part 2

October 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 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 in collaboration with St. Mary's Migrant Ministry presents "Understanding Depression Part 2" Join ISSofBC in a Free interactive discussion and learn about: signs and possible causes of depression - a review ways to prevent depression how to deal with stress and low mood how to manage or work with depression resources available When: Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Where: Seminar Room, School Gym St. Mary's Parish, 5239 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC V5$…

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Panel: How are we doing? Refugee Private Sponsorship in Canada

October 16, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Simon KY Lee Global Lounge, UBC, 2205 Lower Mall, Building 1
Vancouver, BC, BC V6T 1Z4 Canada
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Monday, Oct. 16 Panel: How are we doing? Refugee Private Sponsorship in Canada VENUE: Global Lounge, UBC TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Light dinner offered. Panelists will talk about the current private sponsorship program, the work of the Sponsorship Agreement Holder Council, Canadian Council for Refugees and the international attention that the program is receiving. The panel will also highlight the WUSC program to sponsor refugee students and the Journey Home Community Association’s program to sponsor refugee claimants. This…

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A facilitated conversation on “Seeking a New Life in Canada”: Media Representations of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Forced Migrants

October 17, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues, UBC, 6476 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Tuesday, Oct. 17 A Facilitated Conversation on “Seeking a New Life in Canada”: Media Representations of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Forced Migrants VENUE: Liu Institute Multipurpose Room, UBC TIME: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Refreshments offered. This session is open to students, faculty, people who arrived as refugees, claimants and immigrants, settlement sector providers, and anyone interested in media representations of newcomers to Canada. Please RSVP on EventBrite. This event is part of After the Flight: Community-University Refugee & Migration Symposium hosted…

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Ongoing Community Events / Programs

YMCA Immigrant Services – Free Programs for Immigrants
YMCA
Fall 2017 – 2018

Career and Job Search Tour
Vancouver Public Library
December 14, 2017 – March 28, 2018 (Wednesdays) 

Small Business Tour
Vancouver Public Library
December 30, 2017 – March 24, 2018 (Last Saturday of the month) 

January 2018 Workshops
ISSofBC

Aspire Training
Muslim Food Bank Community Services
3 Free Training Sessions for Age 19+
Themes include: A Journey of Survival, Case Management, & Managing Conflict and Resources
January 12, 13 & 15, 2018

Citizenship and Civic Engagement Course
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
When: Every Wednesday from January 24 – March 28, 2018 OR
Every Friday from January 26 – March 30, 2018

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
(Wednesdays)

Moving Ahead (Tri-Cities & Maple Ridge)
ISSofBC

Income Assistance Outreach Tuesday
ISSofBC
(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
MOSAIC

Fast-track to IT (FIT)-Youth Program
MOSAIC

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

HIPPY Program for Multicultural Parents
MOSAIC

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
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

English Conversation Club
YMCA